Writing disgusted

Amber Kristin

Amber Kristin has a disgust with civilization, but she doesn't want you to feel discouraged by that.

Kristin is a writer and organizer with The Geeky Press — the brainchild of Brad King, vice president of the Indianapolis Writer's Center. The press, in addition to hosting a slew of writing events around town, will soon host a series of readings titled "Disgust with Civilization." The idea is derived from a Kurt Vonnegut quote:

"I was goofing around like everybody else in Indiana, and all of a sudden stuff came gushing out. It was disgust with civilization."

"A lot of people write from that place of frustration, of being disgusted," says Kristin. "Maybe that's how they cope with that feeling or how they even help others cope with it. The idea of the reading is just to offer people the opportunity to get up and talk about the things that disgust them or piss them off."

She hopes that people leave feeling relieved with each piece, just having said it out loud, or at least a bit better after sharing it with someone else. That point of community is The Geeky Press backbone.

The reading will allow serval local authors (including NUVO writer Michael McColly) to share the prose and poems pouring out their frustrations about the world. Kristin will share one of her pieces of fiction that takes places in an ecological dystopia.

"Brad and I call what we do at the Geeky Press 'professional amateurism,'" laughs Kristin. "We're just doing what we think is fun."

The two just received 50 submissions for their first anthology titled Bad Jobs and Bullshit, set to come out some time between this fall and next year. King will put up his own money to publish the book, and any profit will be split between the writers. Between hosting one-day writing retreats to readings at Indy Reads, King has been building a fierce writer's community since the creation of the press in April 3, 2014. Kristin joined one year later.

"I just feel like the language, communicating in writing and speaking and reading the things that you write, that's what humanity is," says Kristin. "Without that we wouldn't be a thing. One thing we have kind of lost in culture with the rise of television and in-home entertainment is this community aspect of getting together and talking in-person about our ideas."

Tuesday, Mar. 1,

New Day Meadery, 1102 Prospect St.

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