Hoosier writers to speak around the state and offer writing workshops as part of Indiana Authors Awards programs

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 7, 2021)—More than 25 organizations will host Indiana authors during 2021 as part of a statewide speakers bureau and writing workshop program offered through the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards. Category winners and shortlisted authors from the 2020 awards will visit communities virtually and in-person for the speaker program events to provide readings and discussions. Five communities will host Indiana authors for interactive workshops. 

Indiana Humanities, the engine behind the Indiana Authors Awards, selected the hosts and provides support for award-winning Indiana authors to travel the state to speak to public audiences. The programs, open to public libraries, schools, churches, museums, community centers and other nonprofit organizations, are funded through the support of Glick Philanthropies.  

“We are thrilled to provide people all across the state with more access to Indiana’s most talented authors,” said Keira Amstutz, president and CEO of Indiana Humanities. “The generous support from Glick Philanthropies continues to provide more opportunities for Hoosiers to engage with literature written about and inspired by our state and to have thoughtful conversations about those works.” 

Organizations hosting author talks are:  

  • Franklin College, Franklin (Author: Eugene Gloria) 
  • Blue River Valley Schools, New Castle (Author: Annie Sullivan) 
  • North Manchester Public Library, North Manchester (Author: Chantel Massey) 
  • Sidener Academy for High Ability Students, Indianapolis (Author: Saundra Mitchell) 
  • Daviess County Writers’ Group, Washington (Author: Lindsey Alexander) 
  • Henry Henley Public Library, Carthage (Author: Helen Frost) 
  • Friends of Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty (Author: Michael Homoya) 
  • Frankfort Community Public Library, Frankfort (Author: Chris White) 
  • Central Indiana Land Trust, Indianapolis (Author: Michael Homoya) 
  • Greensburg-Decatur County Public Library, Greensburg (Author: Nate Powell) 
  • Center for Leadership Development, Indianapolis (Author: Maurice Broaddus) 
  • Putnam County Public Library, Greencastle (Author: Kevin McKelvey) 
  • Jasper-Dubois County Public Library, Jasper (Author: Melissa Stephenson)
  • Johnson County Public Library, Franklin (Author: Axton Betz-Hamilton) 
  • Floyd County Library, New Albany (Author: Bill Sullivan) 
  • Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indianapolis (Author: Callista Buchen) 
  • Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, Indianapolis (Author: Maurice Broaddus) 
  • Hanover College, Hanover (Author: Chantel Massey) 
  • Fairmount Public Library, Fairmount (Author: Bryan Furuness) 
  • Delphi Public Library, Delphi (Author: Gabrielle Balkan) 
  • South Dearborn Community Schools Libraries, Aurora (Author: John David Anderson) 
  • HSE Intermediate Junior High, Fishers (Author: Crystal Allen) 
  • Flanner Community Writing Center, Indianapolis (Author: Robin Lee Lovelace) 
  • Jeffersonville Township Public Library, Jeffersonville (Author: Debra Kang Dean) 

Groups hosting writing workshops are:  

  • Goshen Public Library, Goshen (Author: Larry Sweazy)  
  • Franklin Central High School, Indianapolis (Author: Alicia Rasley) 
  • Carmel Clay Public Library, Carmel (Author: Shari Wagner) 
  • Lake County Public Library, Merrillville (Author: Saundra Mitchell) 
  • Middlebury Community Public Library, Middlebury (Author: Jennifer Ann Coffeen) 

In addition to paying the speakers’ fees, Indiana Humanities will provide participating organizations with resources such as a communications toolkit, press release template and graphics for social media promotion. Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements and cover any travel expenses. Author events must be completed by Dec. 31, 2021. 

Dates, times and other details for the author talks and writing workshops will be announced later. Watch for more information at www.indianaauthorsawards.org/events. 

About the Indiana Authors Awards 
The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Awards honor the best books written by Indiana authors. Awarded every two years, they celebrate Indiana writers, shine a light on the Hoosier state’s literary community and deepen connections between Indiana writers and readers. They were established in 2009 as a vision of Eugene and Marilyn Glick and are a new component of Indiana Humanities’ rich and diverse literary programming. Learn more at www.indianaauthorsawards.org.  

About Glick Philanthropies  
Glick Philanthropies is a family of charitable initiatives, programs and organizations focused on building community and creating opportunity. Together, Glick Philanthropies strives to strengthen the quality of life in central Indiana and in communities where Gene B. Glick Company properties are located to ensure that people in those local communities can reach their full potential and lead lives of dignity. Glick Philanthropies includes the Glick Family Foundation, Glick Family Housing Foundation, Glick Fund at Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and Glick Fund at the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). Since 1982, Glick Philanthropies has awarded over $150 million to charitable causes and has led a transformative effort to improve education and economic opportunity on Indianapolis’ far eastside where the Gene B. Glick Company was originally headquartered. Learn more at www.glickphilanthropies.org

About Indiana Humanities  
Indiana Humanities connects people, opens minds and enriches lives by creating and facilitating programs that encourage people to think, read and talk. Learn more at www.indianahumanities.org.  

Contact information:  
Kristen Fuhs Wells, Vice President, Indiana Humanities  
317.616.9407, kwells@indianahumanities.org