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, corrals people our reading series and curates the fiction sections of our books; Nicole Mathew, who has turned our weekly #WritersHack events into a welcoming writing community, curates the poetry section of our books; Elise Lockwood, who helped recruit writers to the podcast, ran the Scripted reading series, and curates the play- and script-writing sections of our books; and Jessica Dyer, who runs Vouched Books Indy, and curates the poetry sections of our books with Nicole.
While The Geeky Press is generally run by the five of us, we’ve encouraged participants to create their own writing spaces to bring our literary community together.
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 Project Manager. Between graduation and now, Nicole has been a freelance writer in her spare time, doing a lot of writing for the web. Additionally, she’s a coordinating producer for a couple of podcasts. Nicole helps host/organize the #writershack and enjoys connecting with other writers in the Indianapolis area. To learn more about Nicole, visit nicolemathew.com. You can read her introduction here.
Although a native Hoosier, Elise Lockwood is the Pacific Northwest branch of The Geeky Press, and currently lives in Oregon. She is a playwright and resident theatre kid. During the day, Elise works as the Operations Partner for DORIS Research. She received an MA in Emerging Media Design and Development from Ball State University and a BA in English Writing and Theatre from DePauw University. You can read her introduction here.
Jessica Dyer is a writer and editor based in Central Indiana. She holds degrees in journalism and poetry from Indiana State University and Columbia College Chicago, respectively. She runs Vouched Books Indy. She’s the author of the chapbook Uterus Poems & mama to a former uterus inhabitant.