Disgust with Civilization, Vol. 1: March 1, 2016

Written by Amber Peckham

3cd8a33aWe are many of us disgusted by some element of human civilization. Maybe you’re sickened by 24-hour news cycles, revolted by bureaucracy, hate social media, detest standardized testing, or loathe the liberal mindset. The thing is: you’re not alone, and I want to recruit you to prove it.

This is a call for writers to share stories of disenfranchisement, helplessness, and maybe even action. These stories can be your personal experiences, a more detached rant, or a mix of both.

Our first dish session will be March 1, 2016 at New Day Meadery @ 6 pm.

The Rules

  1. Three people will read at each event. Submit early, we can plan in advance for future events.
  2. Readers will be selected via a submission process. We want your disgust, but we also want to make sure you’re not going to get up and be a bigot. This is meant to bring us together, not divide us.
  3. This does not mean your work has to be “publishable” or “polished.” It’s not a quality judgment.
  4. No justification for rejecting a submission will be provided, and we will not edit submissions, just review them.
  5. Plan to read for 7-10 minutes.
  6. You can read multiple things.

Interested in shouting into the void with an audience? Email your reading(s) to amber@thegeekypress.com.

Nervous about joining? Don’t be.

Vol. 1 Readers

Jonathan Marting studied creative writing at Ball State University. He likes to write and brew beer in his spare time.

Chris Schumerth is a writer who grew up in Northern Indiana. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Carolina. His writing has appeared in the Miami Herald, Salon, In the Fray, Punchnel’s, Fall Lines, and other places. You can check out his blog at www.chrisschumerth.com or follow him on Twitter @ChrisSchumerth.

Michael McColly is a writer, teacher, and activist from Marion, Indiana. His book The After-Death Room was the recipient of a 2007 LAMBDA Award for Best Spiritual Memoir. For his creative work and reporting, he has received fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, and Ragdale. He teaches creative nonfiction, journalism, and literature at Columbia College (Chicago) and Northwestern University, where he is also a lecturer in the MFA program. You can learn more about him at www.mikemccolly.com.

Ryan Brock is the Founder & CEO of Metonymy Media, an agency of creative writers dedicated to helping businesses and organizations communicate effectively for growth and success. Ryan is also the Editor-in-chief of Ex. Ex. Midwest, a quarterly print magazine dedicated to exploring Midwestern food culture, and he is the co-author of Nothing New: An Irreverent History of Storytelling and Social Media, a book exploring the connections between successful storytellers from throughout history and the modern social media platforms we use today.

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