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Author Reading: Luke Wortley

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Luke Wortely for a reading from his debut poetry collection, Shared Blood, on April 28th at 1pm!

Join us on April 28th at 1pm as Luke Wortley reads from his debut poetry collection, Shared Blood.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A and signing. This event is recommended for all ages.

All proceeds from purchases made at Indy Reads directly support our educational programs.

Shared Blood centers on the author’s fascination with and ultimate estrangement from his own father as he becomes a father himself. It navigates this space through surreal renderings of lived experience, fabulist narrative, and sometimes litanies of pure language. The author’s concerns with this book include fatherhood but also the idea of manhood in relation to being a parent, the generational effects of these forces, and the desire to overcome these forces in sometimes baffling ways. Ultimately, the reader will be led to question the use of the word “Dad,” especially if their relationship with their father is complicated.

Luke has a BA in Spanish from Wright State University and an MFA  in Creative Writing from Butler University, where he was the former fiction editor of Booth: A Journal. After a few years teaching in high schools, he began working for a public health non-profit as a grant writer and a program director for community outreach among under-served populations. Luke is also an adjunct professor at Butler University teaching Latin American history and First Year Seminar. His fiction and poetry have appeared in Cincinnati Review, HAD, The Florida Review, Pithead Chapel, and elsewhere. He is the author of the chapbook Purge (Workhorse, 2022) and the full-length Shared Blood (Gnashing Teeth Publishing, 2023), both collections of prose poetry. He lives in Indianapolis with his partner, children, dog, and cat.

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April 28
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Indy Reads
1066 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203 United States
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