The KVML Youth Writing program seeks to empower and amplify the student voices by connecting them with mentors across the country. Our programming seeks to honor Kurt Vonnegut’s legacy by promoting his love of the written word, breaking down the barriers of space and time to create physical and virtual spaces that are inspiring and inclusive, and emphasizing an empathetic approach to tutoring and student engagement. Above, all we aspire to be champions for all the young writers we serve and the communities that we support.
The Vonnegut Youth Writing Center at SHS runs out of the Media Center inside the author’s alma mater and is open during each and every school day.
The second floor of KVML houses our second Writing Center space, open for field trips, writing clubs, and other workshops.
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library establishes 1922 Society to raise funds for Youth Writing Programs; Butler Writers Studio at Shortridge becomes Vonnegut Youth Writing Center.2022
KVML launches Youth Writing Program with support from Dave Eggers and 826 Valencia and dedicates space on-site for youth writing workshops and tutoring.2020
Butler Writers Studio opens at Shortridge High School with the support of a grant for IPS Future Centers, awarded by the Lilly Endowment.2018
The Lilly Foundation endows the Butler Writers program with funding to supports annual publication of student lit journals, staff scholarships, and sustenance for our writers.2016
Butler Writers program expands programming to Broad Ripple Magnet School.2014
Butler Writers program recognized with Jefferson Award for Public Service.2012
Butler Writers program is established at Shortridge High School; Writing in the Schools course offered for the first time at Butler University, providing service opportunities for college students and community volunteers.2011
He was hired as a full-time writing specialist at Shortridge High School in 2018, where he also teaches Composition and Creative Writing. His poetry has appeared in Scoundrel Time, Cimarron Review, Passages North, PANK, and the anthologies It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop and The Indianapolis Anthology. He is inspired by his family, including his wife and two sons.
Our 1922 Society honors Vonnegut’s legacy and KVML’s effort to endow our Youth Writing Programs for the future. Be a part of what we’re building by making a donation to the cause.