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Bloom: A Reading Series

Monday, August 09th 2021 • 5:30pm - 7:30pm

We’ve partnered with the folks behind Storyfort to bring you the second 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:

📖 Julia Porter
📖 Ashley Ahearn

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

$5 – Members
$10 – Nonmembers

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

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Julia Porter

Julia Porter (she/her) is an Idaho native who ‘hates Fruitland almost as much as she loves it’. Her love of theatre started when she was accepted into Boise Contemporary Theater’s ‘Theater Lab’ program when she was eleven. She is a founding member of Odd Hours Theater Company and previously served as Artistic Director.

She has worked with OHTC as a director, writer, producer, and script supervisor. “Returning To Fruitland” is her first solo production separate from the company. In September she will be returning to Knox College in Galesburg, IL as a second year playwriting student. In her free time, Julia works to perfect her Animal Crossing island and takes care of her two bearded dragons.


Ashley Ahearn

Ashley Ahearn is an award-winning public media journalist who has covered science and the environment for NPR and member stations for
more than a decade. She co-created, hosted and produced the national climate change podcast, Terrestrial, in partnership with the NPR Story Lab and KUOW in Seattle. Ashley’s stories have appeared on Marketplace, All Things Considered, Here and Now, The World and other NPR shows.

She has a masters in science journalism from the Annenberg School at the University of Southern California. A few years ago she moved to rural Washington State and started her own podcasting company, Ahearn Productions, which released an eight-part series about sage grouse in partnership with Boise State Public Radio and the Mountain West News Bureau. Grouse was listed as one of the top 20 podcasts of 2020 by the Atlantic Magazine. In her spare time Ashley rides motorcycles and horses or plays in the sagebrush with her husband and dog.


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!

 Attendance will be limited to these events, which will very easily allow artists and attendees 6′ – 10′ between themselves and others. Please be mindful of other guests and practice social-distancing at all times. Face masks are required for your safety and the safety of others. All PA and event equipment will be sanitized regularly.