Tongue & Ink details announced

Attention creative writers: the event of the year is upon us. The annual Tongue & Ink Conference, sponsored by IWU’s student literary magazine, Tributaries, in conjunction with Illinois State University’s Euphemism, will take place next Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27. And it’s FREE. All you have to do is go to the Tributaries website to register.

The headliners this year will be performance poet Robbie Q Telfer, poet Mary Jo Bang, and fiction writer Pinckney Benedict. All events except for meals and the Blue Moon Coffeehouse will take place at the IWU’s Center for Natural Sciences.

Included will be sessions on multi-modal composition, surrealism/”gurlesque,” translation, writing what you don’t know, the 1000 Journals Project: IWU Edition, tech workshops led by the three guest writers, and songwriting with Blue Moon Coffeehouse’s John Gorka. Here’s the schedule:

Friday, March 26


4-5pm—Mary Jo Bang keynote reading

5-6pm—Mary Jo Bang technical workshop

6-8pm—Dinner (included)

8-10pm—Slam, featuring Robbie Q Telfer

10-late o’clock—Party at Professor Theune’s

Saturday, March 27

9:30-10:30am—Session, Group 1

10:30-11:30—Session, Group 2


1-2pm—Robbie Q Telfer Workshop & Gorka’s songwriting session

2-3pm—Pinckney Benedict technical workshop

3-4pm—Pinckney Benedict keynote reading


6-8pm—Tributaries release party

8-10—Blue Moon Coffeehouse

10-late o’clock—Closing Party

Check the Tributaries website for further information.

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