On July 23, 6 author will gather at Indy Reads Books as part of the first Downtown Writers Jam 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 own work for consideration.

Meanwhile, we wanted to introduce you to our first brave soul: Jared Yates Sexton.

JYS ReadingJared is a born-and-bred Hoosier who has wanted to be a writer since before he could read or write. He currently lives in The South and serves as an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Georgia Southern University. His work has appeared in places like Salon, The Southern Humanities Review, Hobart, PANK, and elsewhere, and has been nominated for a handful of Pushcart’s, The Million Writer’s Prize, was a finalist for The New American Fiction Prize, and was selected for Wigleaf’s Top 50 Short Fictions. His first book, An End To All Things, is available from Atticus Books.

You can find him on Twitter at @jysexton.

At The Downtown Writers Jam

What’s the name of the piece from which your DWJ story comes? A yet-to-be published collection of stories called “The Hook and The Haymaker.”

What was the question or idea that sparked that original piece? “Punch-For-Punch” sprung from a sudden and terrible fear that I’d grown old and domesticated and that my hell-raising days were behind me.

Where can people find or buy your work? http://www.jysexton.com/publications.html

What should the audience expect from your storytelling at the Downtown Writers Jam? A piece of oral storytelling in the Southern Indiana tradition.

Get to Reading

Best book or long-form writing we should read, but probably haven’t? And why? Larry Brown’s Big Bad Love. Because they don’t make ’em like that anymore.

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