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Speaker Program

Want to host an Indiana author in your community? For more than 10 years, Indiana Humanities’ Speaker Program has sent former and current Indiana Authors Award honorees to organizations across Indiana for readings and discussions with local audiences.

Nonprofits interested in bringing a winning or shortlisted author from the 2022 round of the Indiana Authors Awards to their community (either in-person or virtually) to speak to a public audience can apply for funds to cover speaking fees as part of the Indiana Authors Awards Speaker Program. The program, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers, prisons and other nonprofit organizations, is made possible by Glick Philanthropies.

Each year, Indiana Humanities will select up to 30 host organizations and match them to their preferred authors through an application process. Application guidelines, author bios and an event toolkit are available below. Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements, as well as planning and promoting the event.

Applications for the 2024 round of programs are closed. For awarded organizations, Indiana Humanities will pay the author’s speaking fee directly. Host organizations are responsible for covering any travel or lodging costs for the author, or other event expenses.

Please contact Bronwen Carlisle at with any questions.

2024 participating AUTHORS and Locations

DistrictOrganization NameCityAuthor
3Allen County Public LibraryFort WayneLeah Johnson
3Arts Association of Randolph CountyUnion CitySusan Neville
7Asante Art InstituteIndianapolisAngela Jackson-Brown
9Aurora Public Library DistrictAuroraCraig Fehrman
4Bell Intermediate AcademyMartinsvilleRob Harrell
1Calumet College of St. Joseph (CCSJ)WhitingTamara Winfrey Harris
1Crown Point Christian School & Highland Christian SchoolSt. JohnLaura Martin
4Delphi Public LibraryDelphiPaul Allor
1Dunes Lit Fest – Valparaiso UniversityValparaisoJohn David Anderson
8Ferdinand LibraryFerdinandLaura Martin
3Flint Springs ElementaryHuntingtonJudith Roth
4Frankfort Community Public LibraryFrankfortJohn David Anderson
9Franklin Co. Public Library DistrictBrookvilleKim Howard
2Goshen Public LibraryGoshenPaul Allor
5Hamilton East Public LibraryFishersLarry Sweazy
3Huntington City Township Public LibraryHuntingtonChristopher Elliott
7I Am Not Bulletproof, Inc.IndianapolisTamara Winfrey Harris
9Indiana University Southeast LibraryNew AlbanyMarianne Boruch
6Johnson County Public LibraryFranklinLeah Johnson
8Lincoln Heritage Public LibraryDaleKim Howard
2New Carlisle-Olive Township Public LibraryNew CarlisleHelen Frost
3Peabody Public LibraryColumbia CityMichella Marino
8Pike County Public LibraryPetersburgHelen Frost
4Purdue Creative Writing ProgramWest LafayetteMichael Martone
9Templeton ElementaryBloomingtonKim Howard
9The Floyd County LibraryNew AlbanyJohn David Anderson
1Thomas A. Edison Jr/Sr HighLake StationJosh Dygert
4Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe CountyWest LafayetteJ.R. Jamison
8Vincennes UniversityVincennesJames Madison
9Washington County Historical Society – John Hay CenterSalemRay Boomhower
8Willard Public LibraryEvansvilleSteve Beaven
9Writers Guild at BloomingtonBloomingtonAngela Jackson-Brown


If your organization is hosting a speaker program event in 2024, use these resources to help organize, promote and report your event. If you’d like to attend a speaker program event, check our events page for details.


For more information, contact Bronwen Carlisle at