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Bloom: A Reading Series

Monday, July 11th 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:

📖 Heath Druzin
📖 Ashley Ahearn

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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Heath Druzin 

Heath Druzin is the creator and host of the podcast Extremely American, an inside look at militias and other far-right groups that are trying to remake America in their absolutist image. Previously he covered gun issues at Boise State Public Radio as part of the Guns & America project and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for Stars and Stripes. Extremely American is a collaboration with Boise State Public Radio and Postindustrial Media and you can listen anywhere you find podcasts. Heath lives in Boise.


Ashley Ahearn

Ashley Ahearn has been covering natural resources and the environment for National Public Radio and member stations for more than a decade. Her stories have appeared on Marketplace, All Things Considered, Morning Edition and our airwaves here in Boise. She got her masters degree in science journalism from the University of Southern California, where she was an Annenberg Fellow. She’s now produced two special podcast series for Boise State Public Radio. Her first one, Grouse, looked at the urban-rural divide through the lens of a controversial bird. Her latest series is called Women’s Work and it features the voices of women ranchers all across the West who are changing the way we raise meat. In her spare time she herds cows for ranchers in her community in Okanogan County, WA on her mare, Pistol, and is attempting to train a wild baby mustang this spring.


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.