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Bloom: A Reading Series

Monday, June 13th 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:

📖 McKenzie Heilman
📖 J Reuben Appelman

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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McKenzie Heilman

McKenzie Heileman is a reader and writer based in Boise, Idaho, with her two cats, Cherry and Clementine. McKenzie reads, writes, knits, and embroiders in her free time. She is consistently working on a variety of projects, written and not, and tends to focus on the mundanities of life and what it means to be human. McKenzie hopes to make an impact on her community and loved ones in some way and in some time. 


J Reuben Appelman

J. Reuben Appelman is a poet, memoirist, novelist, crime writer, and television and film writer. His true-crime memoir, The Kill Jar, was published by Simon & Schuster and inspired the Hulu docuseries, Children of the Snow (2020), with Appelman serving as on-camera investigator and Executive Producer. The Kill Jar was noted as among the best true-crime books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Oxygen, Bustle, Crime Reads, and the USA Today network of newspapers, and Children of the Snow continues to stream internationally.
 Appelman has written for a variety of film projects, including the Netflix-streamed documentaries, Jens Pulver | Driven and Playground: The Child Sex Trade in America, produced by George Clooney, Steven Soderberg, and Abigail Disney. Appelman recently completed the queer-themed rock documentary, You’re What I Want Wrong with Me, which he wrote, produced, and directed. He currently hosts the true-crime podcast, You Know They Know: The Oakland County Child Killer, and his novel, Angel Burning, Angel Bright, about a pansexual private investigator, is represented by the Philip G. Spitzer Agency (Michael Connelly). He has published two collections of poetry and has been called a “full-grown oracle of language” by National Public Radio literary critic, Andrei Codrescu. He will be reading from a new poetry collection, Summers on Lake Michigan, a noted return to the influence of Spanish and Chilean lyrical poetry that precipitated his apprenticeship as a writer. 



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.