The Writers Guild of Bloomington will present its recurring event, Players Pub Spoken Word Series, 6 to 9 p.m. April 12 at Players Pub.
The event, which has a $5 cover charge, will feature writers and music, including readings from Joan Hawkins, associate professor in the IU Media School, Professor Emily Bobo and Associate Professor Samantha Levy-Arnold. The Evansville, Indiana poetry band, Shakespeare’s Monkey, will also perform.
Bobo is a professor of English and department chair of Fine Arts & Humanities at Ivy Tech Community College. She has published a short book of poems, “Fugue,” as well as poetry in literary journals.
Bobo turns poems into public goods, such as sandwiches, bus passes and books, through a local, nonprofit anthology series she founded and edits, titled “BOBO BOOKS: 1.1.1.,” according to the Writers Guild of Bloomington website.
The project raises money for families who use Monroe County Community Schools Corporation’s Reduced Lunch Program, according to the book’s Amazon page. The “1.1.1.” stands for “1 Book Feeds 1 Child for 1 Week.”
Levy-Arnold earned her Ph.D. in English and creative writing from Florida State University. She is an associate professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College. She also serves as an adviser to Phi Theta Kappa and coordinator to the Judy O'Bannon Youth Leadership Academy. Levy-Arnold has featured work in literary journals and anthologies.
Shakespeare’s Monkey was formed in 1999 by Bill Sovern and Jean Ann Kizer.
“Hailing from Evansville IN, the Monkeys are a performance group that fuses poetry & music, transforming personal experience into metaphor,” according to the Writers Guild of Bloomington website.
The band has performed in New York City at poetry venues, such as Dixon Place, CBGB and others.