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Bloom: A Reading Series

Monday, May 09th 2022 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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:

📖 Emily Pittinos
📖 Mark Polanzak

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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Emily Pittinos

Emily Pittinos is a Great Lakes poet and essayist currently teaching at Boise State University. An Associate Editor of Poetry Northwest, Pittinos has received support from Vermont Studio Center, the Alexa Rose Foundation, and Washington University in St. Louis, where she also served as the Senior Fellow in Poetry.

Her recent work appears, or will soon appear, in The Adroit Journal, The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, New England Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. Her debut collection, The Last Unkillable Thing (University of Iowa Press, April 2021), is a winner of the 2020 Iowa Poetry Prize.


Mark Polanzak

Mark Polanzak is the author of the hybrid work POP! (Stillhouse) and the story collection, The OK End of Funny Town (BOA Editions), which won the BOA Short Fiction Prize. His fiction has appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, The Southern Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere. A founding editor for draft: the journal of process, Mark teaches writing and literature at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Salem, Mass.


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.