A Brief History of the Press
The Geeky Press is as much a philosophy as it is an entity.
Brad King launched this little group on April 3, 2014 in hopes of building a vibrant writing community in greater downtown Indianapolis. What he didn’t have was much of a plan to make that happen. He launched the website, planned a reading series called The Downtown Writers Jam, and hoped that people would come.
And show up they did. In 2017, we had more than 325 people sign up for our Indianapolis Meetup list, we had 65 people participate in at least one of our daily or weekend writing retreats, we had more than 150 people submit work for our anthology books and our literary magazine, a (semi-regular) podcast with more than 2,000 listens, and we’d set up a monthly artist networking happy hour with the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
We grew so fast that The Geeky Press added three amazing partners: Amber Peckham, who is the wittiest writer of the bunch and who corrals our reading series; Nicole Mathew, who has turned our weekly #WritersHack events into a welcoming writing community; and Elise Lockwood, who helps recruit writers to the podcast and runs the Scripted reading series.
While The Geeky Press is generally run by the four of us, we’ve encouraged participants to create their own writing spaces. Now we have members like Reid Delehanty, who has started hosting his own #WritersHack. And we’ve partnered with Jessica Dyer of Vouched Books Indy to bring our literary community together.
In other words, this labor of love has become everything we’d hoped it would be.
Brad King is the editor & director of Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press, a digital-first publishing house that focuses on books about entertainment and technology shape our society. Previously, he was an associate professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism where he co-founded and co-directed the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development, a graduate program that taught design thinking, cross-platform storytelling, and usability.
He earned his Masters in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000, and a graduate certificate in Human-Computer Interaction from IUPUI in 2013. Before moving into academia, he worked as a reporter, editor, multimedia storyteller, and senior producer for Wired magazine, Wired.com, and MIT’s Technology Review. He’s the co-author of Dungeons & Dreamers: a story of how computer games became a global culture (ETC Press, 2014), which explored the roots of storytelling and community that drove the development of the Web.
King serves on the advisory board for South by Southwest Interactive for more than a decade, and for the last seven years he’s been the final co-emcee and judge for the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition. He also served as the vice president of the Indiana Writers Center board and an advisory board member for F+W’s StoryWorld Conference.
The Geeky Press partner Amber Peckham is an amazing talent. She earned her B.A. in Creative Writing from DePauw University in 2009 and her M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction at Northwestern University in 2014. She’s already developing a reading series along with an essay podcast. Plus, she’ll join and help host the #WritersHack. She is just generally be amazing, we’re excited to have her on board. You can read her introduction as well.
Nicole graduated with a B.A. in English (Writing & Literacy) from IUPUI in 2010. She went back to IUPUI to earn her Masters to teach English, but life took another turn and she wound up becoming a Content Specialist (then later a Project Manager) at eGov Strategies, a small company located in Indianapolis. Between graduation and now, Nicole has been a freelance writer in her spare time, doing a lot of writing for the web. She helps host/organize the #WritersHack and looks forward to connecting with other writers in the Indianapolis area. You can read more about her here.
Elise Lockwood graduated from DePauw University in December 2013 with a B.A. in English Writing. She was awarded the Chad Kostel Memorial Award in Writing and the Barbara Petty Award in Theatre, both from DePauw. Her play Snatch and Release will be published in Smith and Krauss, Inc.’s Best Ten-Minute Plays of 2016, coming to shelves this December. In January 2017, her full-length play Spineless, will premiere at Bowling Green State University. In real life, Elise is a second-year graduate student in Ball State University’s Emerging Media Design and Development master’s program.You can read her introduction here.