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Thirty years ago, a small, dedicated group of Indianapolis writers came together to found the Writers' Center of Indiana. Since then, Alice Friman, one of those writers, has racked up publications and awards that would make any poet proud. With her fifth book of poems on the way, Friman is a force in American poetry. It's our privilege to bring her back to Indianapolis as the keynote of this year's Gathering of Writers and Readers.

Alice Friman's new book of poems, Vinculum, is forthcoming from LSU Press in 2011. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently The Book of the Rotten Daughter from BkMk Press released in April 2006, and Zoo (Arkansas, 1999), winner of the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University and the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from the New England Poetry Club. Her poems appear in Poetry, The Georgia Review, Boulevard, The Southern Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Shenandoah, which awarded Friman the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry, Shenandoah, 2001.

She's received fellowships from the Indiana Arts Commission and the Arts Council of Indianapolis and has been awarded residencies at many colonies including MacDowell and Yaddo. She was named Writer in Residence at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in 2003-04. Friman is the winner of three prizes from Poetry Society of America and in 2001-02 was named to the Georgia Poetry Circuit. Professor Emerita at the University of Indianapolis, she now lives in Milledgeville, GA where she is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College & State University.

Join Alice Friman and Indiana's best writers and editors on Saturday, November 7 at the Indianapolis Art Center.

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