Indy WordLab Meetup: July - David Blomenberg

Indy Wordlab is a monthly reading series/open writing workshop. A local writer reads their work, takes questions, and offers a writing experiment, Attendees take 30-40 minutes to write on the prompt, and then reconvene in small groups to share their work.

This month, David Blomenberg will lead WordLab. David Blomenberg's work has been published in Artifice, Salzburg Poetry Review, PRESA, Tulane Review, and elsewhere. He co-authored a book on the paintings and life of Indiana artist T. J. Koch and is currently editing a volume of Koch's musical scores. Blomenberg's first volume of poetry, Simulcast, is in preparation for publication. He has taught at Russian State University for the Humanities, as well as at DePauw University and Purdue University. In 2009 he received a Pushcart Prize nomination, and was nominated for Best of the Web, a series published by Dzanc Books.


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  • Brad King

    David's reading was my first Word Lab. I enjoyed myself. I particularly liked the mash-up construction of the poems. I would have liked to hear more about what drove that creative process.

    1 · July 8

  • Steve

    Sorry, but the prompt and readings just weren't inspiring me at all...

    July 7

  • Mimi

    Looking forward to coming for the first time!

    July 4

    • Mimi

      unfortunately, i'm not feeling well today. thought i'd be feeling better by now, but i don't think i can sit comfortably thru the session. :( hope to meet you all next time.

      July 7

  • Ashley

    I will be missing my first Word Lab since joining. Family emergency in Ohio.
    Please post any prompts, cool info, etc that I may have missed? Thank you!

    July 6

  • P.J. Hinton

    Won't be able to make this session. Parental commitments will be conflicting that evening.

    July 6

  • Anne M. Beckman

    Hello, David! We have a tiny bit in common: an article I composed, during my college internship in Journalism school, about a professor and several students' trip to the USSR ( this was in January 1985) was picked up by UPI and appeared in a few local newspapers. Who were your literary influences as you were a student? How did you, as a fledging writer, avoid (or handle) any censorship? If you do not mind answering: How, if you can describe, did defecting to the USA, which I assume you did, (Correct?) affect your writing and teaching?

    What has caused you to write your first book of poetry? How much of it is based upon your life,
    and your education? THANKS, ANNE

    1 · July 1

    • David Blomenberg

      To respond to your question on censorship, the main difficulty I had with censorship was my own...I grew up in a conservative household in the American Midwest, and the general thought process wsn't to follow the first hints of a new thought. Tradition was important. It was only if thoughts or ideas kept resurfacing or, in spite of being forced back under kept coming back, that I began to write them down. In leter years I've been far more open to entertaining the possibilities of new ideas and new leads. ..

      2 · July 3

    • David Blomenberg

      arly on, I was influenced by Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. as I read, I came upon many more writers that became influences...Thomas Mann, John Rechy, John Berryman, among others. The more one reads, The more one can either sing with or sing against the writer whose work you are reading.

      1 · July 4

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