Join us for various events featuring Bookmark Indy authors!


What it means to be human: Celebrating Mari Evans and Etheridge Knight

Nov. 20, 2021 | 3:00-7:00 p.m | 1125 Cruft Street

What It Means to Be Human honors the legacies of Mari Evans and Etheridge Knight: poets who grew to international prominence while maintaining ties to Indianapolis. The festival will gather local artists and scholars to put the writers’ contributions to literature and the community into perspective. Events will include a scholar’s panel, generative poetry workshops, and a poetry reading. All events will be free to the public with registration through Eventbrite required for attendance. Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served.


Report Back.

Read the location passage. What questions would you ask the author? What would help you understand the author's viewpoint?

Added TEXTure.

Writing is about more than just words. Look around to discover what textures are most prevalent in this place. Do a texture rubbing using a piece of paper and a crayon or pencil.

In the Margins.

What inspires you most about this place? Draw a quick doodle of it in the margin of one of your books.

Found sound.

Walk around the location and record the sounds of surroundings. Did what you hear depend on what time you visited?

Backward / Forward.

Cities change—what did your location look like in 1920? What will it look like in 2120?


Find another perspective by walking to a different spot around this location. Do you notice anything new? Which of your five senses notices a change first?

Strike a Prose.

Write a short passage describing how this place inspires you.

Love Letter / BreakUp Letter.

Think about your relationship with the place you’re visiting or perhaps with your own neighborhood. Is it time to commit? Or time to let go? Write a letter as if you’re speaking directly to the place you have in mind.

Field Notes.

Explore your stream of consciousness by writing down every thought that enters your mind.