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Bloom: A Reading Series

Monday, June 14th 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:

📖 Rebecca Evans
📖 Ken Rodgers


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. Enjoy the readings along with beverages from Lost Grove Brewery! 

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Rebecca Evans

Rebecca Evans served eight years in the United States Air Force and is a decorated Gulf War veteran. She’s hosted and co-produced Our Voice and Idaho Living television shows, advocating personal stories, and now mentors teens in the juvenile system. She is the co-host of Writer to Writer podcast on Radio Boise.

Her poems and essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Entropy Literary Magazine, War, Literature & the Arts, 34th Parallel, The Blue Mountain Review, Survival Lit, and Collateral Journal, among others. 

With an MFA in creative nonfiction, Evans is finishing a second MFA in poetry at Sierra Nevada University. She’s currently edited her essay collection, Body Language, and just completed her memoir, Navigation. She has served on the editorial staff of the Sierra Nevada Review and lives in Idaho with her three sons.

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Ken Rodgers

Ken Rodgers is a poet, writer and filmmaker who lives in Idaho. Both a Pushcart Prize nominee and a Best American Short Stories nominee, Ken’s stories, poems and essays have appeared in a number of fine journals.

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Zack Sliver

Zack Sliver was a field radio operator in the Marine Corps from 2010-2014. During his time stationed in Quantico, he released a demo CD under the band “Angry Young and Poor”. After Quantico’s OCS shooting, he decided to leave the military and seek a degree in Political Science while pursuing a future in the music industry. He received his degree in 2018 and became the lead singer and guitar player of Yuppie, a local Daytonian alternative rock band that creates honest music that encapsulates Ohio life…music to listen to when you hear the train passing the apartment you can’t afford, after a night of drinking you shouldn’t be able to afford. Yuppie released two albums, “Old Feeling New”, was released in October 2017 and “A Place To Call My Own” was released in 2019. It was recorded at Encore Recording Studios and Zack was signed to their record label, “Invention City Records”.

After 4 years, Zack left ICR in late 2020 and is recording a new record “Peculiar” with another local recording company “Reel Love Recording Company”. The songs have been written during the lockdowns of the pandemic. Patrick Himes, the owner and engineer on the record, left Nashville after years of working there and wanted to help show off Dayton’s talent. “Peculiar” will be released late 2021, or 2022. From military to civilian, businessman to bartender, Zack has worked many jobs and has worn many hats, but music is the one constant in his life that he feels makes it worth it all.

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The series will take place in our Meditation Garden and the shady, expansive green area that surrounds it. 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.