On Wednesday, November 12, 6 authors will gather at Indy Reads Books as part of The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 2 hosted by The Geeky Press. We’re currently curating those authors, and taking recommendations from friends, colleagues, and other people involved in the Indiana writing scene. Don’t wait to be nominated, though. You can submit your work for consideration.

Meanwhile, we wanted to introduce you to our third brave soul: Darolyn “Lyn” Jones.


LJ_8317Darolyn “Lyn” Jones is both a teacher and a writer. She is passionate about literacy in and out of the classroom and has committed her twenty-four years of professional life to it. She is best selling educational book writer of Painless Reading Comprehension, the editor for an online literary magazine, Rethinking Children’s Literature and for the independent press, INwords Publications.

She has edited and published multiple essays and literary collections including Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs. She teaches English at Ball State University and serves as the Education Outreach Director of the Memoir Project at the Indiana Writers Center.

You can find her at her blog.


At The Downtown Writers Jam

What’s the name of the piece from which your DWJ story comes? “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

What was the question or idea that sparked that original piece? A student who was part of our summer Build a Rainbow program whose rainbow was being deconstructed instead of constructed.

Where can people find or buy your work? You can find all of her work at Amazon.

What should the audience expect from your storytelling at the Downtown Writers Jam? I hope be inspired to think about the hidden, forgotten children … about how writing a story about a story and sharing that story can not only be entertaining but also a form of activism


Get to Reading

Best book or long-form writing we should read, but probably haven’t? And why? Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs. Everyone knows someone now with a disability so read the poetry, essays, graphic memoirs that stretch from stories of shit storms to love beyond death to a life translated. It’s not just for mothers. It’s about women and power and life.