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Core of the American Experience: Kurt Vonnegut & Education

Core of the American Experience:
Kurt Vonnegut and Education

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So It Goes

Literary Journal

So It Goes is a unique literary journal — designed to bring together work from veterans and civilians, established authors and virtual unknowns, high school students and nonagenarians. It’s a journal that has been, in a way, unstuck in time.

So It Goes, A Labor of Love

True to Vonnegut’s ethos of kindness, common decency, and free-expression, as well as his passion for social justice, environmentalism, and peace, So It Goes is a literary journal with a conscience. Over twenty-five percent of each issue’s contents come from veteran artists and authors. Each issue revolves around a theme, such as War and Peace (I), Humor (II), Creativity (III), Social Justice (IV), Indiana (V), A Little More Common Decency (VI), Lonesome No More (VII), Slaughterhouse-Five (VIII), and Civic Engagement (IX).

“New knowledge is the most valuable commodity on earth. The more truth we have to work with, the richer we become.

Submissions 2022

We’re celebrating Vonnegut’s 100th Birthday with So It Goes: 1922 – 2122, a journal dedicated to looking into the past and towards the future with Vonnegut’s legacy in mind.

Writing Prompt

“All time is all time. It does not change. It does not lend itself to warnings or explanations. It simply is. Take it moment by moment, and you will find that we are all, as I’ve said before, bugs in amber.”

Here are some ideas to get you jump started:
Describe what the amber of the moment is, chart the ways common decency and free speech have changed throughout time, explore what the past or future looks like with perfect timing, or simply create a work that considers time in relation to Vonnegut’s ethos.

Submission Requirments

Thank you in advance for your submissions to our eleventh issue of So It Goes. The journal will launch in Fall 2022. Selected contributors will receive one free hard copy. Previous issues of the So It Goes journal are available in the library’s online gift shop through kvmlshop.org.

If you have any questions, contact us at [email protected]

Tenth Edition Contributors

Dmitri Akers is a poet residing in Adelaide. His creative work has appeared in La Piccoletta Barca (16, 30, 33, 34) and So It Goes (IX).

Ashley Anderson is a senior Davis Scholar at Wellesley College studying English and Creative Writing. She is also a US military veteran, serving for six years as a nuclear electronics technician in the Navy. So It Goes: The Literary Journal of The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library is her first literary publication.

Bryce Berkowitz is the author of Bermuda Ferris Wheel, winner of the 42 Miles Press Poetry Award (forthcoming 2021). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Best New PoetsNew Poetry from the MidwestThe Sewanee ReviewNinth LetterCimarron Review, and other publications. He teaches at Butler University.

Michael Bettendorf earned an English degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2012. His fiction has appeared in Reckon ReviewSledgehammer, and elsewhere. He is a language arts mentor for gifted students in Lincoln, where he tries to convince the world that Nebraska is too strange to be a flyover state.

Nancy Botkin is a retired Senior Lecturer from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have been widely published, and her latest full-length collection of poems, The Next Infinity, is available from Broadstone Books.

Matthew Brennan taught literature and poetry writing at Indiana State University for 32 years. He has published five books of poems, most recently Snow in New York: New and Selected Poems (Lamar U. Literary Press, 2021). Besides So It Goes, his poems and criticism have appeared in Poetry Ireland ReviewSewanee ReviewNew York Times Book Review, Paterson Literary ReviewCommonwealGeorgia Review, and other journals. He has won the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred.

Adele Brown is a photographer, humanitarian consultant, and licensed investigator. She is drawn to scenes that raise questions about what we believe and what we know, including the paradox of seeing without witnessing. Recently, Brown’s photographs received international and domestic honors and were exhibited in Spain, Texas, Oregon, and California. In addition, the 7th Billboard Creative Exhibition selected her work for a billboard in LA. Before turning full-time to photography, Brown worked in television, the satellite industry, and nonprofit. She is also a published author. Throughout, she has remained faithful to her photography

Hannah Sullivan Brown holds an MA from Indiana University and an MFA from Butler University, where she recently served as Poetry Editor of Booth Magazine. She lives with her family in her hometown of Indianapolis.

Marieken Cochius is a Dutch-born artist whose work is meditative and intuitive and often explores growth forms, movement of light and wind, root systems, and animal architecture. She is drawn to remote places where she studies nature and makes art inspired by it. Her work encompasses drawing, painting and sculpture. In 2021 Cochius received an NYSCA Decentralization Grant for an Individual Artist Commission. She is a 2020 recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA), Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund grant. In 2017, Cochius completed a public sculpture commission for the Village of Wappingers Falls, NY made possible by a grant from the Hudson River Foundation. Cochius participated in recent group exhibitions at the Alexey von Schlippe Gallery at UConn Avery Point, CT; the Attleboro Museum, MA; Foundry Art Centre, St Charles, MO; Woodstock Artist Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY; Roxbury Arts Center, NY; The Ely Center, New Haven, CT; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY and more. Her work has been published in Columbia Journal and featured in many Art/Literary/Poetry/University publications and collections in the USA and abroad. Cochius studied photography at the Art Academy St Joost in Breda, the Netherlands. She currently lives in the Hudson Valley, New York.

Yuan Changming published monographs on translation before leaving China. Currently, he edits Poetry Pacific with Allen Yuan in Vancouver. Credits include ten Pushcart Prize nominations, The Best of the Best Canadian Poetry, and BestNewPoemsOnline, among others.

Ed Coletti is a poet, painter, fiction writer and middling chess player. After graduating from Georgetown University, he served for three years as an Army Officer, then as a counselor and later as a small business consultant. He was a student of Robert Creeley’s in the graduate creative writing program at San Francisco State. Recent poems have appeared in ZYZZYVANorth American ReviewVoltSpillway, and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. Most recent poetry collections include The Problem With Breathing (Edwin Smith Publishing –Little Rock- 2015) and Apollo Blue’s Harp And The Gods Of Song published by McCaa Books February 2019. Ed also curates the popular ten-year-old blog “No Money In Poetry” http://edwardcolettispoetryblog.blogspot.com/ He lives with his wife Joyce in Santa Rosa, California where they lost their home during the October 2017 firestorm. The Coletti’s are pleased to report that they happily have relocated elsewhere in Santa Rosa.

Donna Conn is a technical writer. When she’s not working, she enjoys true crime, computing, music, bird watching and wildlife conservation. She has kept a daily journal and has done so since the age of fourteen. When inspired, she writes poetry, prose and short stories with great ferocity. Writing is her passion and she likes to think her greatest strength is the “power of the pen.”

Christopher DePree studied Physics at Duke University, received his PhD in Physics from UNC Chapel Hill, and spent two years of his life in Socorro, NM studying star formation with the Very Large Array. He has taught Physics & Astronomy at Agnes Scott College, a women’s college in metro Atlanta since 1996. He has published many academic papers, and a number of popular science books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy and Idiot’s Guides: The Cosmos. My new book entitled Astronomical Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Reconnecting with the Sun, Moon, Stars and Planets will be published by HarperOne in Summer 2021.

Camille T. Dungy was born in Denver in 1972. She received a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Dungy is the author of Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), Smith Blue (Southern Illinois University Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 Crab Orchard Open Book Prize, Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen Press, 2010), and What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen Press, 2006). She is also the author of Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History (W. W. Norton, 2017) and the editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry (UGA, 2009) and coeditor of From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great (Persea, 2009). Among Dungy’s honors are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Cave Canem, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is also a two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award, in 2010 and 2011, and a Silver Medal Winner of the California Book Award. Dungy is a University Distinguished Professor at Colorado State University and lives in Fort Collins.

James Wille Faust received a BFA from the Herron School of Art, IUPUI and an MFA from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he received a Krannert Performing Arts Fellowship. Faust served on the NASA Art Team for the “Mission to Planet Earth” project, and his art was part of the ABSOLUT art campaign worldwide. His work has been shown in hundreds of exhibits. His most recent exhibits include one-person exhibitions at the Midwest Museum of Art and IMOCA. Faust is currently concentrating on a body of paintings he calls “Color Meditations”.

Jeff Fleischer is a Chicago-based author, journalist, and editor. His fiction has appeared in more than sixty publications, including Printers RowShenandoahThe Saturday Evening Post, and So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. He is the author of the nonfiction books Votes of Confidence: A Young Person’s Guide to American Elections (Zest Books, 2016 and 2020), Rockin’ the Boat: 50 Iconic Revolutionaries (Zest Books, 2015), The Latest Craze: A Short History of Mass Hysterias (Fall River Press, 2011), and the upcoming A Hot Mess: How the Climate Crisis is Changing Our World (Zest Books, 2021).

Elisa Frank is an environmental geographer and freelance writer specializing in urgent topics like climate change and sustainable food systems. Her exploratory case study, Social identity, perception and motivation in adaptation to climate risk in the coffee sector of Chiapas, Mexico, published in Global Environmental Change, continues to influence climate adaptation research and policy. Learn more about her work at livingsustainably.com.

Trenton Goodman is a writer and Marine Corps veteran. Goodman’s departure from the Marine Corps lead to their connection to their queer identity and advocacy towards pro-veteran, anti-war work. Their work flows from legislative policy with Minority Veterans of America to writing about the media co-opting of the veteran identity. Trenton’s goal is to remove the barriers of talking about the veteran experience with each other, especially the transgender experience, to normalize and celebrate their joy. 


Robin Hall is enjoying retirement in rural Indiana. She enjoys reading, writing, photography, travel, and Tai Chi. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Barrington College in RI and completed her Master’s degree at Indiana State University. She served in the Indiana Army National Guard for over 33 years with an overseas deployment and multi-year mobilization. Robin also collaborated with several other women veterans on a collection of memoirs, Finding the Words (2016); and has poems and a painting in previous So It Goes editions (2016, 2018, 2019).

Diana Hambardzumyan is a writer and translator from Armenia, the prize-winning author of 20 books: story collections, 4 novels, translations from English into Armenian, and vice-versa. She has translated Kurt Vonnegut’s Bluebeard and the story The Next Door. In 2017, she was invited to participate in the Kurt Vonnegut Festival in Indianapolis and one of her stories, Me and My Son, was included in So It Goes: The Literary Journal of The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. She has translated two excerpts of my latest novel The Magic of Green Meadow (2020).

Aaron Haney is a husband of one and a father of two living in Columbus, Ohio, though a Hoosier by birth and at heart. He is also a practicing psychiatrist and a veteran of both Gulf War One and Gulf War Two, the first as an infantryman and the second as a medical officer. When he is not taking pictures, he likes to ruminate on world problems and even attempts to minimize his contribution to such, but with limited success.

Joy Harjo is an internationally renowned performer and writer of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She is serving her second term as the 23rd Poet Laureate of the United States.

The author of nine books of poetry, including the highly acclaimed An American Sunrise, several plays and children’s books, and two memoirs, Crazy Brave and Poet Warrior, her many honors include the Ruth Lilly Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry Foundation, the Academy of American Poets Wallace Stevens Award, two NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. As a musician and performer, Harjo has produced seven award-winning music albums including her newest, I Pray for My Enemies. She is Exec­u­tive Edi­tor of the anthol­o­gy When the Light of the World was Sub­dued, Our Songs Came Through — A Nor­ton Anthol­o­gy of Native Nations Poet­ry and the editor of Living Nations, Living Words: An Anthology of First Peoples Poetry, the companion anthology to her signature Poet Laureate project. She is a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, Board of Directors Chair of the Native Arts & Cultures Foundation, and holds a Tulsa Artist Fellowship. She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Conor Harris is a poet, translator, researcher and aspiring novelist living in Southern California. He received his PhD in Latin American Literature and Culture from UC Riverside in 2019, with a dissertation on poetry, video, militancy, and ethics in Argentina and Chile. In his poetry and his research, he attempts to trace what escapes writing in general: the uncanny, the surreal, death, and the spaces between things, ourselves, and our words. 

Matthew Hayes is a Marine/combat veteran with a love for poetry, prose, music, and everything that deals with language. His only published work to date can be found in Vol. 6 of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.. After being medically retired from the military, Hayes struck out for the simple life and became a food-growing homesteader. He is a recent graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in English and Creative Writing and a member of the International English Honor Society. After several years on the farm, he finds himself living a life of adventure as a nomad, traveling on the road full time with my two furry companions while embracing the incredible experiences that come with it.

Angela Herrmann, an eighth-generation Hoosier on her family’s matrilineal side, is an avid outdoorswoman who enjoys canoeing, hiking, and cycling. As a citizen scientist and an amateur naturalist, she frequently spends time outdoors simply observing what’s around her when she’s not digging around in an urban vegetable plot. Her writing and photography credits include BranchesFarm IndianaThe Indianapolis AnthologyLiterary HubNUVO NewsweeklyOutdoor IndianaSo It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum, and other publications. She earned three awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (Indiana Chapter). She holds a Master of Arts degree from both St. Mary-of-the-Woods College (Earth Literacy) and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (English), and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University.

Clarence Herdrich is currently attending the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He grew up in American Samoa and has always wanted to write about the experience of being on the island. Herdrich submitted movie reviews for my local newspaper and placed top three for four years in the young writers essay contest. His work experience mostly entails administrative work at the Census Bureau and Classroom Management during my time as a student technician for the school.

Grant Hier was the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Anaheim, California (2018-20). His book Untended Garden was awarded Prize Americana and nominated for an American Book Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Other poetry books include The Difference Between and Similitude. Grant’s poetry has been published in literary journals internationally, and is widely anthologized. Individual poems have garnered the Kick Prize and the Nancy Dew Taylor Prize for poetry. He co-authored a book of historical flash fiction, California Continuum Vol. 1, with John Brantingham, Poet Laureate of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Three other books are forthcoming on Pelekinesis. Grant recently penned the liner notes to Los Lobos’ Native Sons, as well as a 5-album box set WAR: The Vinyl—1971-1975 (both forthcoming in 2021). Previously, he was entered for Grammy awards for Los Lobos’ Llegó Navidad (for Best Album Notes) and JOYRIDE: Friends Take the Wheel (as Producer, Best Folk Album). As a voice actor, Grant contributed the part of Stanley Hohner for the audiobook version, Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel (Penguin/Random House) by George Saunders. That recording won the 2018 Audie Award for Audiobook of the Year. He is currently Full Professor at LCAD and poetry editor for Chiron Review

Jeff Scott Lane has a BFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. His art has been mostly in the form of photography, music, and writing. He has had writings published by Indolent Books in What Rough Beast—COVID-19 Edition, and art published in High Shelf and The Esthetic Apostle.

Layli Long Soldier earned a BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an MFA with honors from Bard College. She is the author of the chapbook Chromosomory (2010) and the full-length collection Whereas (2017), which won the National Books Critics Circle award and was a finalist for the National Book AwardShe has been a contributing editor to Drunken Boat and poetry editor at Kore Press; in 2012, her participatory installation, Whereas We Respond, was featured on the Pine Ridge Reservation. In 2015, Long Soldier was awarded a National Artist Fellowship from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation and a Lannan Literary Fellowship for Poetry. She was awarded a Whiting Writer’s Award in 2016. Long Soldier is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Paul Marion is the author of several collections of poetry including Union River: Poems and Sketches (2017) and a nonfiction book about the comeback of a factory city, Mill Power (2014), as well as editor of the early writings of Jack Kerouac, Atop An Underwood (1999). His poems and essays have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He studied political science and community social psychology in college and has worked in community settings and political campaigns, thus civic engagement runs through his life and writing. He lives in the Merrimack River Valley of Massachusetts near the seacoast.

Timothy McElligott is a journalist and industry analyst for the communications industry. He was editor for two award-winning print magazines that chronicled the dawning of both the Internet and wireless communications and now works as a technology and business analyst for a non-profit organization creating industry standards. He earned his BA in Communications from St. Xavier University in Chicago and just may finish that last semester of his long-delayed Masters in Education (Science & the Public) at SUNY of Buffalo when he retires in 2021.

Bonnie Maurer holds a Masters in Teaching English as a Second Language and an MFA in poetry from Indiana University. Her chapbooks include Reconfigured, Finishing Line Press, 2009; Ms. Lily Jane Babbitt Before the Ten O’clock Bus from Memphis Ran Over Her, Ink Press and Raintree Press; Old 37: The Mason Cows, Barnwood Press; and Bloodletting: A Ritual Poem for Women’s Voices, Ink Press. Under the auspices of the 1999-2000 Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, she composed a series of breast cancer poems culminating in the book, The Reconfigured Goddess, Poems of a Breast Cancer Survivor. In 2012, she was awarded a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship to create poetry on her visit to Holocaust sites. Maurer works for Arts for Learning as a poet-in-the-schools and community, as a copy editor for the Indianapolis Business Journal, and as an Ai Chi (aquatic-flowing energy) instructor at the Jewish Community Center. Currently, she welds steel sculptures recycling pieces from local bike shops and junkyards.

Tracy Mishkin is a call center veteran with a PhD and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Butler University. She is the author of three chapbooks, I Almost Didn’t Make It to McDonald’s (Finishing Line Press, 2014), The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press, 2016), and This is Still Life (Brain Mill Press, 2018). She lives in Indianapolis with her family and fewer than ten cats and dogs.

Mary Redman is a retired high school English teacher who currently works part-time supervising student teachers for the University of Indianapolis, volunteers at the IMA at Newfields, and enjoys frequent walks in nature. She has had poems published in Flying IslandRed River ReviewTipton Poetry JournalSnapdragon: A Journal of Healing, KaleidoscopeSo It Goes: The Literary Journal of The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, and elsewhere. One of her poems received a Pushcart nomination in 2019.

Linda Neal Reising, a native of Oklahoma and member of the Western Cherokee Nation, has been published in numerous journals, including the Comstock ReviewThe Southern Indiana Review, and Nimrod. Her work has also been included in a number of anthologies, including The Boom ProjectAnd Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana, and Lost on Route 66: Tales from the Mother Road. In 2012, Reising won the Writer’s Digest Poetry Competition. Her chapbook, Re-Writing Family History (Finishing Line Press), was a finalist for the 2015 Oklahoma Book Award and winner of the 2015 Oklahoma Writing Federation Poetry Prize. Her first full-length collection of poems, The Keeping (Finishing Line Press) was published in 2020, and her second, Stone Roses (Kelsay Books), in 2021. In 2018, the editors of So It Goes nominated her poem, “Johnny Keene,” for a Pushcart Prize.

Ami J. Sanghvi is an Indian-American, queer author, artist, boxer, Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist, and recent graduate from the CalArts Creative Writing M.F.A. program with a concentration in Image and Text. Her work has recently appeared in Inverted Syntax, Humana Obscura, the LGBTQIA+ South Asian Anthology: I Hope You’ll Still Love Me, and several other publications and exhibitions. Sanghvi’s work is also forthcoming in Masalazine. Currently, her focus is on extraction, time, space, chaos, functionality, minimalism, and subliminality in her writing and visual art practices alike. Sanghvi is also putting the finishing touches on her cross-genre, experimental, multimedia M.F.A. thesis manuscript (titled Into Oblivion), developing an existentially compromised world for her Sad, Lonely Alien through various methods, and deconstructing the literary criticism of J.R.R. Tolkien in order to develop a science of wraiths.

Social Media: HotWraithBones  amijsanghvi.com

Joshua Schwartz is 19 years old and currently living in Pennsylvania. He is a student at Montgomery County Community College and he is studying mechanical engineering. 

K.R. Segriff is a poet and visual artist living in Toronto and Cape Breton Island. Her work has appeared in Riddle FencePrism International, and Storm Cellar magazines, among others.

Virginia Shank is a professor of English at a community college in Southern California, struggling to adapt to the climate and culture here and longing for my upstate New York forests and streams. She edits the small journal, The Ear, and has only recently been returning to sending my own work out.

Ursula Sokolowska was born in Krakow, Poland. She studied photography at Columbia College (1997-99), completing her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. Although her work is deeply personal, her images are also a reflection of separation of the body from consciousness and objectification. Her photographs can be found in many public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Tanqueray. Selected exhibitions include The Travelling Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saatchi Gallery, Zoo Art Fair, the Royal Academy of Arts, London, United Kingdom, Minnesota Center for Photography, and Schneider Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her work has appeared in CameraArts magazineLight & Lens: Photography in the Digital AgeLENSCRATCHArt Photo Index, and featured in People’s Photography China.


Jeanine Stevens is the author of Limberlost and Inheritor (FutureCycle Press) and Sailing on Milkweed (Cherry Grove Collections). Her latest chapbook, Citadels, was published by Folded Word Press, 2019. Winner of the MacGuffin Poet Hunt, The Ekphrasis Prize, Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and WOMR Cape Cod Community Radio National Poetry Award. Stevens studied poetry at U.C. Davis and California State University, Sacramento. Poems have been published in Evansville ReviewForgeChiron ReviewPearlStoneboatConnecticut River ReviewVerse WisconsinThe Curator, and North Dakota Quarterly. Stevens is Professor Emerita at American River College having taught Anthropology, Psychology and Women’s Studies for thirty two years.

Autumn B. Stover-Bailey is a graduate student at James Madison University and the past managing editor of The University of Virginia’s literary journal, The Jimson Weed. Winner of the 2016 Nora Lockett award for short fiction, she has been published in past issues of The Jimson Weed and presented her Appalachian poetry at the Laughing Heart Literary Festival and The University of Virginia’s Appalachian Prosperity Symposium.

Erika Nina Suárez is a visual artist currently residing in Fort Worth, TX. In 2019 she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from the University of North Texas. She currently holds a position as Photographer II at the University of Texas at Arlington. Suárez’s work consistently retains a distinct documentary quality but is always slightly uncomfortable, inviting play into the meaning of her photographs. By using medium format color film and large-scale backlit lightbox installations, she is able to grip the viewer with her intricate compositions and forge unique connections between light and space.

Alexander James Thom, a native of Southern Indiana, served in the US Marine Corps and is a veteran of the Korean War. He has been a reporter and columnist for The Indianapolis Star and a lecturer at the Indiana University School of Journalism. He contributed freelance articles to Reader’s DigestNational Geographic, and other publications before becoming a full-time and award-winning historical novelist. Several of his Revolutionary War and Indian War novels are set in his home country in the Wabash and Ohio River valleys. His bestselling frontier novels Follow the River and Panther in the Sky became television movies produced by Hallmark and Ted Turner. He dedicated his Mexican War novel Saint Patrick’s Battalion to Kurt Vonnegut, who encouraged him to write it. Thom is married to Dark Rain of the Shawnee East-of-the-River Bend, with whom he coauthored the novel Warrior Woman

David Thorpe came up with the Marvel Universe Earth-616. His prize-winning YA SF novel Hybrids was called “stunningly clever” by The Times. He co-founded the London Screenwriters Workshop and has taught 1000s of hours of script and creative writing, and published a how-to book on the subject. His YA climate fiction novel, Stormteller, led to his presence on the first two Hay Literature Festival climate fiction panels. He’s worked on a number of short films and written a dozen books and 1000s of journalistic articles on environmental sustainability and renewable energy, including “One Planet Cities: sustaining humanity within planetary limits” and “The One Planet Life.” He is director of the One Planet Centre CIC and lives in south Wales near his favourite bookshop, The Dragon’s Garden. 

Gregory Troxell is a husband, father, and veteran. Midwestern by birth, and again by choice, his work has appeared in the Flying Island online journal and in So It Goes: The Literary Journal of The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.

Shari Wagner is a former Indiana Poet Laureate (2016-2017) and the author of three books of poems: The Farm Wife’s Almanac (shortlisted for the 2020 Indiana Authors Awards), The Harmonist at Nightfall, and Evening Chore. Her poetry has appeared in North American Review, Indiana ReviewShenandoahThe Writer’s Almanac, and American Life in Poetry. Wagner’s writing awards include grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, two Creative Renewal Fellowships from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Shenandoah’s The Carter Prize for the Essay.

Wiley Wolfe is an artist, wildlife photographer, and high school substitute teacher on planet Earth. Originally from British Columbia, he enjoys a vagabond lifestyle and currently resides in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Cameron Zapanta is a seventh grade student. She is an avid reader who is in the middle of reading the Wings of Fire series for the fifth time. She likes to knit, sew, draw, write, bake, and cook. She is currently writing a fantasy novel with one of her friends. She enjoys playing with her younger brother inside and playing with her dog outside.

Kathi Badertscher, PhD

Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Kathi Badertscher, PhD, is Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Dr. Badertscher teaches a variety of BA, MA, and doctoral courses, including Applying Ethics in Philanthropy and History of Philanthropy. She has participated in several Teaching Vonnegut workshops and is a member of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library. Dr. Badertscher has been a guest speaker on ethics in philanthropy, including at the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners – Indianapolis Council; Association of Fundraising Professionals – Indiana Chapter; and Zhou Enlai School of Government, Nankai University, Tianjin, China. In 2019 she received IUPUI Office for Women, Women’s Leadership Award for Newcomer Faculty. In 2019 and 2020 she received the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Graduate Teaching Award.
Dr. Badertscher’s publications include “Fundraising for Advocacy and Social Change,” co-authored with Shariq Siddiqui in Achieving Excellence in Fundraising, 5th ed., 2022; “Insulin at 100: Indianapolis, Toronto, Woods Hole, and the ‘Insulin Road,’ co-authored with Christopher Rutty, Pharmacy in History (2020); and three articles in the Indiana Magazine of History: “A New Wishard Is on the Way,” “Evaline Holliday and the Work of Community Service,” and “Social Networks in Indianapolis during the Progressive Era.” Her chapters on social welfare history will appear in three upcoming edited volumes on the history of philanthropy, including “The Legacy of Edna Henry and Her Contributions to the IU School of Social Work,” Women at Indiana University: Views of the Past and the Future, edited by Andrea Walton, Indiana University Press, 2022 (forthcoming). Dr. Badertscher is also the Philanthropy and Nonprofits Consulting Editor for the forthcoming Digital Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, edited by David J. Bodenhamer and Elizabeth Van Allen, Indiana University Press, 2021. Dr. Badertscher is an active volunteer in the Indianapolis community. At present, she is a Coburn Place Safe Haven Board Member and a Children’s Bureau/Families First Brand and Marketing Advisor. Dr. Badertscher holds the MA in History from Indiana University and the MA and PhD in philanthropic studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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