Staff report written from press release
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 4, 2023 – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), in collaboration with the Indiana State Library, announced the latest enhancements to Indiana’s Digital Poetry Archive, INverse.
INverse, a unique repository celebrating the rich tapestry of Hoosier poetry, has just added the works of 57 talented poets to its collection. This initiative, championed by former Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, aims to safeguard and showcase the diverse literary talents of Indiana for generations of writers and readers to come.
Jacob Speer, Indiana State Librarian, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, saying, “The promotion, preservation, and commemoration of Indiana poetry is a very worthy cause. The INverse Poetry Archive is a terrific project and partnership, and the State Library is honored to be part of this ongoing effort.”
Miah Michaelsen, IAC Executive Director, echoed the sentiment, stating, “We are grateful for the partnership with the Indiana State Library that allows us to showcase the work of Indiana poets. This collection of poetry is especially important to share during National Arts and Humanities Month. The poets highlighted in this archive are great examples of the arts and humanities talent at work in Indiana.”
Matthew Graham, Indiana’s current Poet Laureate, shared his excitement, saying, “I’m excited and encouraged that the INverse Poetry Archive constantly adds more and more Hoosier voices to its diverse collection. Please enjoy the bounties of our state.”
Indiana residents are encouraged to participate in this literary celebration by submitting their poems to the archive annually from February 1 to April 30. For further details about the INverse Poetry Archive and to view the list of newly added poets, please visit INverse Poetry Archive.