The word is out, tentatively at least, on the lineup of readers for this year’s Spoken Word Stage at the Bloomington Arts Fair or, to give it its more official name, the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts.  This is done yearly, weather permitting, over Labor Day weekend with the Bloomington Writer’s Guild participating with a series of half hour readings by local poets and writers, among other things.  And, although sometimes World Science Fiction Convention has intervened, this year as last year (see August 8 2013) I will be there as one of the readers.

While last year I offered “A Half Hour of Vampires in Poetry and Prose,” this year I’m sticking to non-metered (more-or-less) offerings, billed on the program simply as “James Dorr (horror fiction).”  And the slot I have will be a good one: Saturday afternoon, August 30, from 2:30 p.m. to 3.  That is to say, after people have had their lunches, slogged through an hour or two of perusing artists’ booths through the (one would hope for late August) sweltering sun, and will be desperate for a place to sit, under a tent top to bask in the breeze, while having their souls chilled.  Tentative stories I’m planning to read are “River Red” from THE TEARS OF ISIS, a humorous bit of zombie flash called “Undying Love,” and from DAILY SCIENCE FICTION the vampiric tale of New Orleans’s “Casket Girls.”

The Fair itself will be on Saturday and Sunday with, as of this writing, a full schedule for the Spoken Word Stage on both days from 10 a.m. on.  Many of the presenters will be poets (one of the reasons, I suspect, for my getting a possibly preferential time spot is the comparative rarity of story readers), but there will be other fiction also, along with more informal storytelling and even a half hour of radio theatre.

For more information on the Bloomington Writers Guild, with announcements on the Spoken Word Stage and other activities, press here.  And, if in Bloomington Indiana on Labor Day Weekend, stop by the Arts Fair, check out the Spoken Word tent, and listen!


  1. At last, a perfect time slot for reading — stories, this time. I’m sure that folks will appreciate hearing you read your fascinating work. Two of my fave’s in fact!

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