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Bloom: A Reading Series

Monday, April 18th 2022 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

*PLEASE NOTE – The date has changed due to weather concerns for the 11th. The new date is 04/18 and all tickets already purchased will be valid for the new date.
We’ve partnered with the folks behind Story Forward to bring you the third season of Bloom: A Reading Series featuring fiction writers, poets, playwrights, creative nonfiction writers, and podcasters live on stage in IBG’s Meditation Garden!

This week’s Bloom features:

📖 Shriram Sivaramakrishnan
📖 Aurora Mehlman

Gates @ 5:30 pm
Reading from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

$5 – Members
$10 – Nonmembers

Our awesome friends from Lost Grove will be on site with some delicious beverages for sale!

Bring your picnic blanket, folding chair, food and drink of choice, and an ear for some amazing writers and creatives.

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Shriram Sivaramakrishnan

A proud alumnus of Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry, Shriram Sivaramakrishnan is a first-year MFA student at Boise State University. His poems have recently appeared in Allegro, Coast to Coast to Coast, Bird’s Thumb, Pidgeonholes, among others. His debut pamphlet, Let the Light In, was published by Ghost City Press in June 2018. He tweets at @shriiram.


Aurora Mehlman

Aurora Stone Mehlman earned her MFA in Fiction from Boise State University. A writer and freelancer, she also teaches environmental education. So far in 2022, Mehlman—an active member of Boise’s literary community—helped organize and facilitate Treefort’s Storyfort. She is also the upcoming Special Projects intern at The Cabin, a literary arts nonprofit, and she was recently awarded a Judge’s Recommendation in Boise Weekly’s Fiction 101 Contest. Previously, she designed and facilitated writing workshops with underserved communities, interned for Portland, Oregon’s Independent Printing Resource Center’s camp Show:Tell, and scribed with Write Around Portland. 

Her fiction has been published in collections, blogs, and magazines. In 2020, she won third place in the Glenn Balch Awards and was the recipient of an Alexa Rose Grant. Mehlman is currently at work on multiple projects, including a novel about the women fire lookouts of WWII and a collection of short prose stories. She is also writing a nonfiction book that weaves together research and personal narrative about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Western fires impacting internal and external landscapes, and the nature of destruction and rebirth. Mehlman resides in Boise, Idaho with her 6-year-old daughter.


The series will take place in our Meditation Garden and the shady, expansive green area that surrounds it. At this time, we will not have vendors at this event. Visitors are welcome to bring in their own food and non-alcoholic beverages.

*** Please help us keep the garden clean by packing in and packing out your picnic!

In order to allow artists and attendees 6′ – 10′ between themselves and others, attendance will be limited to these events. Please be mindful of other guests and practice social-distancing at all times.