all events are free, open to the public, and held at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, 530 W Hampton Drive, unless otherwise noted.
This dynamic speakers and events series makes its home in the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing. Meant to supplement the popular Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series, it offers more intimate and interactive events from a wide range of genres and perspectives, including the graphic novel, screenwriting, book reviewing, translation, documentary, story slams, faculty readings, book clubs, book launch parties, and more. The series is intended to enrich the literary “conversation” and community in the MFA program, on campus, and in the broader Indianapolis community.
Fall 2019 schedule
Butler MFA presents a screening and director's talk with David Shields on Lynch: A History
Friday, September 20th. 1:30PM in Jordan Hall 141
Lynch: A History explores the silence that nonconformist NFL star Marshawn Lynch deploys as a form of resistance. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, the film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression.
Born and raised in in Oakland by a single mother, Lynch became an All-American, an All-Pro running back, and a Super Bowl champion, but over the last five years he has emerged as a nationally significant figure precisely because he has refused to “play the game” of being a dutiful, cliché-bound interviewee. Silence-as-rebellion has African-American roots tracing back to slavery, and it’s a gesture that has flourished spectacularly in Oakland, where Lynch is deeply involved in the betterment of his hometown and where “troublemakers” have changed the game generation after generation—from Jack London and Gertrude Stein to the Black Panthers, Hells Angels, and Oakland Raiders (where Lynch is now finishing his career) to Bill Russell and Curt Flood to Alice Walker and Ishmael Reed to Tupac Shakur, Ryan Coogler, and Boots Riley
Lynch: A History—very loosely inspired by the director David Shields’s book Black Planet: Facing Race during an NBA Season—documents and celebrates Lynch’s attempt to be true to himself in a capitalist, racist society that wants to exploit him and that he wants to both exploit and oppose. Lynch is leaving a legacy of the eloquence of silence, echo, and mimicry as key tools of defiance. Albert Camus says, “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” No one is absolutely free, but Marshawn Lynch comes thrillingly close.”- davidshields.com
David Shields will open the event with a brief talk on collage, then we’ll screen the film, and end with Q&A.
Book Release Party: Space Struck, Paige Lewis, Sarabande Books
Friday, October 11, 2019. 6:30PM at the ECCW
Paige Lewis is the author of Space Struck (Sarabande Books, 2019). Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Best New Poets 2017, Gulf Coast, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. Paige currently lives and teaches in Indiana. Paige will be reading from Space Struck, and copies of the title will be for sale thanks to the Butler Folletts bookstore.
Please contact Mindy Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.