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Underground Lit Fest coming to Michigan City

The Literary Underground founder Michele McDannold reads at a Blotterature literary journal event. She's organizing the Underground Lit Fest in Michigan City.

Writers and small press publishers from all over will descend on Michigan City for a weekend-long literary festival in early August. 

Literary Underground founder Michele McDannold is organizing the first Underground Lit Fest in the Michigan City Uptown Arts District the weekend of Aug. 4. A variety of readings, live lit events and author meet-and-greets will take place over three days at the Uptown Artist Lofts, 717 Franklin St.

The festival includes a book and zine fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. People will be able to buy books and zines while listening to music by singer-songwriter Jose Vela and Toledo, Ohio, poet A.S. Coomer.

More than 40 different authors will read at a all-ages Sidewalk Pulp from 2 to 4 p.m. and a 21-and-up Speakeasy reading with a cash bar from 7 to 10 p.m. at Artspace.

On Sunday, Bill Gainer, Puma Perl and Craig Cady will read from 1 to 3:30 p.m. as part of the ongoing Legit AF series, which hosts monthly live lit events in downtown Michigan City.

"My poetry is written with an economy of words," Gainer said. "I believe that the strongest way for poetry to achieve its goal, to express an emotion or feeling, is through the minimal poem.”

Gainer, an "After Hours" poet whose books include "The Fine Art of Poisoning" and "Lipstick," is a board member of the Nevada County Poetry Series who has done readings with National Book Award-winning punk rocker Patti Smith and California Poet Laureate Al Young.

Perl, an award-winning journalist and spoken word event organizer in New York, has published poetry chapbooks and books, including "knuckle tattoos" and "Retrograde." Cady has been published widely, including in The Literary Underground's anthology "This Is Poetry: Poets of the Midwest."

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