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 newbie author: Amy David.


150fbAmy David has represented Chicago four times at the National Poetry Slam, most recently on the semi-finalist 2013 Mental Graffiti Team. Her work has appeared in journals including Word Riot, Foundling Review, Super Arrow, Full of Crow, The Bakery, and Shit Creek Review. Her poems have also been anthologized in Alight: The Best Loved Poems of WoWPS 2014 and We Will Be Shelter. She is terrified of topiary.

You can follow Amy on her Facebook page.


At The Downtown Writers Jam

What’s the name of the piece from which your DWJ story comes? “Mild Oats”

What was the question or idea that sparked that original piece? *unanswered*

Where can people find or buy your work? You can find her book No Body Home at Blue Sketch Press.

What should the audience expect from your storytelling at the Downtown Writers Jam? The audience should expect me to be self-deprecating in my storytelling, and they should know that it’s okay to laugh at my expense. When the crowd doesn’t know me, I sometimes get more sympathetic “awwww” noises than laughs. Expect me to have thick skin!


Get to Reading

Best book or long-form writing we should read, but probably haven’t? And why? Blood Dazzler, by Patricia Smith. It’s a great example of how poetry can be long-form writing; the entire collection forms a cohesive story of Hurricane Katrina and does it in a way that prose could not.