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MFA in Creative Writing


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.”-

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. 



Book Release Party: Do Not Go On, Bryan Furuness, Black Lawrence Press
Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 6:00pm at the ECCW


Bryan Furuness is the author of The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, a novel. His next novel, Do Not Go On, will come out in the winter of 2019. He is the editor of My Name was Never Frankenstein: And Other Classic Adventure Tales Remixed and the co-editor (with Michael Martone) of Winesburg, Indiana, both anthologies. His next anthology, An Indiana Christmas, will be forthcoming in the fall of 2020. His stories have appeared in Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Southeast Review, Hobart, and elsewhere. His essays have appeared in Brevity, Nashville Review, and Barrelhouse, among other venues. His work has been anthologized in New Stories from the Midwest, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, Best American Nonrequired Reading, and elsewhere. He is a recipient of the Tennessee Williams Scholarship in fiction from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors award, and a winner of the Midwest Short Fiction contest. He holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers and has edited for several literary magazines and small presses, including Booth, On Earth As it Is, Engine Books, and Pressgang, the small press he founded at Butler in 2012. He lives in Indianapolis, where he teaches at Butler University and serves on the board of Engine Books. 

Bryan will be reading from Do Not Go On, and copies of the title will be for sale thanks to the Butler Folletts bookstore. 




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