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March will mark the ninth annual In Print Festival of First Books. This year, the literary event brings novelist Mario Alberto Zambrano, nonfiction author T Fleischmann, and poet Natalie Shapero to Ball State University for two days of readings, discussions, and classroom visits.

Please join us at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center Assembly Hall on Tuesday March 18th for a reading and Wednesday March 19th for a panel discussion about writing and publishing where the authors will be joined by editor, author, and creative writing administrator Jodee Stanley. The In Print Festival is free and open to the public. Attendees will receive a free copy of the 2014 issue of Ball State’s national literary magazine, The Broken Plate.


Mario Alberto Zambrano was a contemporary ballet dancer before dedicating his time to writing fiction. He has lived in Israel, The Netherlands, Germany, Spain, and Japan, and has danced for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Nederlands Dans Theater, Ballett Frankfurt, and Batsheva Dance Company. He graduated from The New School as a Riggio Honors Fellow and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop as an Iowa Arts Fellow, where he also received a John C. Schupes Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. His work has appeared in Five Chapters and GuernicaLotería is his first novel.

Creative Nonfiction

T Fleischmann lived by the Great Lakes until attending the University of Iowa and completing an MFA in Nonfiction Writing. Their essays have appeared in Fourth Genre, Pleiades, Indiana Review, Gulf Coast, and The Pinch, as well as in the feminist magazine make/shift, and have been Notable Essays in The Best American Essays, 2009 and 2010. A Nonfiction Editor at DIAGRAM, T has settled in rural Tennessee after traveling for several years across the United States.


Natalie Shapero is the author of No Object (Saturnalia, 2013), and her poems have appeared in The Believer, FENCE, The New Republic, Poetry, and elsewhere. The recipient of a Kenyon Review Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, Natalie lives in Gambier, OH.


Jodee Stanley is Director of the Creative Writing Program and Editor of Ninth Letter at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has worked in literary publishing for twenty years, and has been a speaker and panelist at various conferences and festivals, including Bread Loaf, AWP, MLA, and the Kenyon Review Literary Festival. Her fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared in journals including Mississippi Review, Crab Orchard Review, 580 Split, Cincinnati Review, Future Fire, BkMk Quarterly, The Smoking Poet, Sycamore Review, Sou’wester, and Electric Velocipede, and have received special mention in the 2004 Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and the 2001 Pushcart Prize.