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. Before long, The Geeky Press grew to include more than 100 writers who participated in writing meetups, retreats, reading series, and other literary gatherings.
Before long, 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 three 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.
In other words, this labor of love has become everything we’d hoped it would be.
If you’re wondering who I am, that’s an entirely different story. I earned my Masters of Journalism from the University of California’s Graduate School of Journalism in 2000. Worked for Wired and MIT’s Technology Review as a reporter, multimedia editor, senior editor, and producer. I co-authored Dungeons & Dreamers: A story of how computer games created a global culture. I also currently serve as a program board member with South by Southwest Interactive.
On July 1, I’ll start my new position as the Editor and Director of Carnegie Mellon University’s ETC Press, where I’ve worked in various capacities since 20067. Before that, I was the co-founder and co-director of Ball State University’s Center for Emerging Media Design & Development and a associate professor of journalism, an author with two book projects (here and here), and the founding dude of The Geeky Press. You can visit my personal website here.
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.