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Across The Arts

(use Promo Code “Writestuff”)

On Saturday, July 20, from noon to 6 PM,  Dog Ear Publishing, WriteStuff Writers and The Center for Performing Arts in Carmel are teaming up for Across the Arts, a one-of-a-kind event transforming the Palladium concert hall stage into a “Writer’s Studio” for a day of learning and fun for writers and aspiring authors, and ANYONE who love to read books, magazines, or newspapers. This is a day to enjoy up-close-and-personal conversations with some of Indiana’s finest writers and publishers from across the entire literary spectrum.

The literary panels are formatted as a Writer’s Studio, allowing ample time to get up-close-and- personal as the guests share private reflections during an audience Q&A. Authors and film professionals will be at autograph tables with signings scheduled throughout the day.

Individual panel themes include authors, journalists, filmmakers, publishing executives and social media contributors. A signing table is scheduled throughout the day. Dog Ear Publishing will host a 30-minute educational presentation in the Robert Adam Room immediately after the close of stage presentations with current publishing information. A special After the Event VIP party will host the Heartland Film Festival/Heartland Truly Moving Pictures in the Palladium for a movie presentation to close the day’s full schedule of events.

Hosts and moderators:

  • Debby Knox, Indiana’s award-winning news anchor at WISH-TV
  • Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, President/CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts
  • Liz Brainard, First Lady of Carmel
  • Dick Wolfsie, author and WISH-TV feature reporter will host “Wait, Wait, DO TELL ME!” game show
  • Amanda Heckert, editor, Indianapolis Monthly
  • J. Andy Murphy, author/literary agent and founder of WriteStuff Writers
  • Marcia Ellett, author, editor and WriteStuff Writers partner

Publisher panelists include:

Ray Robinson – Publisher Dog Ear Publishing

Peter Froehlich – Assistant to the Director, Indiana University Press

Pat Terry – Executive Managing Editor, The Saturday Evening Post

Travis DiNicola – Executive Director, Indy Reads Books

Amanda Heckert – Editor, Indianapolis Monthly Magazine

Tom Britt – Publisher Towne Post Publishing

Author panelists include:

Michael Shelden – Author of four literary biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Orwell: The Authorized Biography, which was also a New York Times Notable Book. For 15 years, he was a features writer for the London Daily Telegraph, and for 10 years he served as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His latest biography is a groundbreaking account of the early life of Winston Churchill, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill (Simon & Schuster). Shelden lives in Terre Haute, Ind.

Edward Kelsey-Moore – His short fiction has been published in literary magazines Indiana Review, African American Review and Inkwell. His new novel, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat! (Knopf) and is a Barnes & Noble Best Book Picks. His short story “Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix” was selected as an audience favorite on National Public Radio’s Stories on Stage series. He is also a noted cellist who has performed with the Chicago Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, and is principal cellist of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.

Rebecca Dotlich – Poet and children’s picture book author is published by Simon and Schuster/Knopf/Harper Collins and Henry Holt. Her works include Bella & Bean (Atheneum) and What is Science? (Henry Holt), a finalist for an AAAS BSF Award for juvenile nonfiction.

Matthew Tully – Author of Searching for Hope (Indiana University Press) and popular columnist at The Indianapolis Star.

Greg Garrison – Author, attorney, public speaker, WIBC host of the “Greg Garrison Morning Show.”

Ann Cinnamon – Debut author, a memoir: Running Naked in Tehran (Dog Ear Publishing). She is also a long-time radio personality and owner of Cruise One, a world-wide travel agency.

Jeff Stanger – A celebrated author of Trolley Dodgers and Kansaska (The Writers’ Collection and Blue Trolley Press).

Filmmaker panelists include:

Michael Husain – Good Vibes Media, writer, producer, director; winner of 13 national Emmy awards; documentaries have appeared on ESPN, Discovery, A&E, and the History Channel, among others

Angelo Pizzo – Academy Award Winner, Screenwriter, (Hoosiers, Rudy, The Game of Their Lives) producer and director

Andi Redwine – Writer, Producer, Director, By The Glass Productions

Kate Chaplin – Writer, Producer, Director, Karmic Courage Productions

Richard Propes – The Independent Critic and Author (Hallelujah Life)

Jeff Hutson – World Wide Gondoliers Productions, Producer, Opera Singer

Columnist panelists include:

T. J. Banes – Special features columnist, The Indianapolis Star

Jolene Ketzenberger – Food reporter & restaurant reviewer, The Indianapolis Star

Social media panelists include:

   Amy Stark – Stark ReAlity Check, Has over 17,000 Twitter followers and acts as an advisor to multiple corporations on Social Media.

   Ben Risinger – Fox 59/Do It Indy Show and contributor to Fox 59 Television (Tuesdays and Saturday a.m.)

   Elizabeth J. Musgrave – Syndicated fine-living/ travel columnist and WIBC Social Media Commentator

Film Festival executive panelists include:

Louise Henderson –Festival Director , Heartland Film Festival

Tim Irwin – Artistic Director, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures

A portion of ticket sales go to All Access, a program that provides field trips for students in grades K-4 with the opportunity to explore all three of the Center for the Performing Arts venues. In partnership with the Center’s resident companies, the students not only perform on the Palladium stage, but they discover the magic of lighting and sound and the imaginative uses of props. Educators and parents experience the field trip alongside the students.


Ray Robinson
Ray Robinson

When Ray first entered the publishing industry, authors relied on “vanity presses” to produce their work – many of whom would charge $15,000 or more and leave the author’s garage filled with hundreds of books. Ray, along with coworker Alan Harris, joined forces with Miles Nelson to create Dog Ear Publishing to provide the author community a self-publisher with a heart. The group’s application of new technologies and publishing on demand reduced the cost of publishing a book to a fraction of what it had been for previous generations; authors now have the ability to publish a book in as little as six weeks and print as few as a single copy.