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Speaker Program

Want to host an Indiana author in your community? For 10 years, Indiana Humanities’ Speaker Program has sent former and current Indiana Authors Award winners and finalists 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 2023 round of programs are now 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 Grace McDowell at with any questions.

2023 participating Authors

Kaveh AkbarPoetry Shortlist Honoree
Paul AllorGenre Winner
John David AndersonMiddle Grade Shortlist Honoree
Gabrielle BalkanChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
Ray BoomhowerNonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Marianne BoruchPoetry Shortlist Honoree
Caleb CaudellDebut Shortlist Honoree
Josh DygertGenre Shortlist Honoree
Christopher ElliottDebut Shortlist Honoree
Craig FehrmanNonfiction Winner
Ashley C. FordDebut Winner
Tyrone McKinley FreemanDebut Shortlist Honoree
Helen FrostMiddle Grade Winner
Rob HarrellMiddle Grade Shortlist Honoree
Tamara Winfrey-HarrisYoung Adult Shortlist Honoree
Kim HowardChildren’s Winner
Laird HuntFiction Shortlist Honoree
Angela Jackson-BrownFiction Shortlist Honoree
J.R. JamisonDebut Shortlist Honoree
JL KatoLiterary Champion Winner
Sofi KerenGenre Shortlist Honoree
Kenneth KraegelChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
Joseph LeeGenre Shortlist Honoree
D.A. LockhartFiction Shortlist Honoree
Dr. James H. MadisonLifetime Achievement Winner; Nonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Michella M. MarinoNonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Laura MartinMiddle Grade Shortlist Honoree
Michael MartoneFiction Shortlist Honoree
Rebecca MullinChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
Mark NeelyPoetry Shortlist Honoree
Susan NevilleFiction Winner
Ruth D. ReichardNonfiction Shortlist Honoree
Judith L. RothChildren’s Shortlist Honoree
Steve SchatzGenre Shortlist Honoree
Larry D. SweazyGenre Shortlist Honoree


If your organization is hosting a speaker program event in 2023, 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 or 317.616-9103.