The Polk Street Review

PSR AnnouncementAbout The Polk Street Review:

The Polk Street Review is an annual anthology that celebrates Noblesville with three categories: images, song lyrics/poetry, and prose. There is one simple rule for submissions: they must be either submitted by people with a connection to Noblesville or the submission content must be connected to Noblesville. The book was founded in 2011 by two Noblesville authors, Kurt A. Meyer and Bill Kenley, who continue to be involved as consultants, authors, and fundraisers; LSS took over publication in 2016 and published the 2017 edition.

The popular book launch in February is one of LSS’s annual Signature Events, and the 2018 The Polk Street Review book launch celebration was held on February 24, 2018.  The evening was full of great readings and presentations by many of our 2018 submitters. Also, Emily Wasonga of Love’s Hangover offered her $10 sampler plates of International Cuisine as refreshments at our 2018 book launch! Emily provides the same at our Second Saturday Songwriters Showcases.We highly recommend that you reserve your sampler plates via Love’s Hangover’s secure PayPal: Emily believes in our nonprofit efforts and generously donates a percentage of foods sales to LSS. Emily sponsored the International Section for the 2018  edition of The Polk Street Review! 



Videos from the 2018 book launch:

2018 The Polk Street Review book launch, Part 1:
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2018 The Polk Street Review book launch, Part 2:
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The presentations were in the following order:

(Part 1 video starts here)
Introduction and Awards Presentation
Dedication: in honor of Radka Caviness (1939-2018)
Radka Caviness: Driving Lesson (read by Sarah E. Morin)
2017 Award of Merit guest presenter Sam Watermeier: Films About Ghosts
Jean Roberts: Spooky Town  (song)
Casey Patrick Kenley: Crawl Space Beer
Rachel Cox: Listen
Al Geisler: excerpt, Perch’in on Lake Michigan
Sandra Stewart: Of Mice and Men
Bill Kenley: excerpt, The Cold Boy
Jerry Dreesen: Blood Brothers (read by Kelli Ray Yates)
Crystal Morrison: excerpt, The Sound of Echoes (read by Alys Caviness-Gober)
Sarah E. Morin-Wilson: excerpt, Candy Crush
Steve VandeWater: Bluegrass Heaven (song)
Sally Meyer: excerpt, Indiana’s Lyrical Underdog
Mike Stewart: I Don’t Think We Will  (song)
(Part 2 video starts here)
Jenny Anderson Kalahar: The Great State of Canada
Gail Neuwirth Geisler: Reflections from Bosnia
Kurt Meyer: excerpt, Pets
Spike Morin-Wilson: excerpt from Prayer Circle
Tim Baker: Confusion
W.B. Cornwell: Windswept
John Caviness : excerpt, Joy Ride (read by Bill Kenley)
Jean Roberts: Talkin’ Indiana  (song)
Greg Richards: excerpt, Jimmy and the Stingray Summer
Jo Mader: A Week in the Life . . .
Maren Thornbury: If Looks Could Kill
Nicole Amsler: excerpt, Home Invasion
Mark Wilkinson: The Smoking and Joking Santa
Susan Hoskins Miller: The Banned Book (read by Alys Caviness-Gober)
John Gilmore: Perfect World  (song)
2018 Award of Merit winner Celeste Williams: Vibrations in VII

2018 The Polk Street Review is available for purchase here!

The theme for the 2018 edition was 

Fact or Fiction? YOU Decide . . .

note: the “YOU” is literally YOU, our readers! We asked our contributors to keep you guessing!

We were so excited to launch this year’s book! With over 140 submissions and over 100 images, songs, poems, and prose pieces selected for publication, this year’s The Polk Street Review is certainly a good read.

We awarded the following ribbon prizes in our three categories:


Images Category:

Honorable Mention: The Spirit Within Kristina Oliver
Honorable Mention: Tenacity Cynthia Baker
Tie, 3rd Place: A Serengeti Sunrise in Central Indiana  Sam Watermeier
Tie, 3rd Place: Praying Annie Oberman
Tie, 2nd Place: Farmers Market Flowers: Perspective Kathryn Anderson
Tie, 2nd Place: Magic Mushroom Gail Neuwirth Geisler
1st Place: Cabin in the Woods Jerry Dreesen

Song Lyric & Poetry Category:

Honorable Mention: (How) To Kill a Mockingbird or Two Men and a Truck Steve VandeWater
Honorable Mention: Spooky Town Jean Roberts
3rd Place: A Week in The Life Of… Jo Mader
2nd Place: Mirror DeMaris Gaunt
1st Place: The Banned Book Susan Hoskins Miller

Prose Category: 

Honorable Mention: Going Green Gone Bad Gail Neuwirth Geisler
Honorable Mention: Jimmy and the Stingray Summer Greg Richards
Tie, 3rd Place: Home Invasion Nicole Amsler
Tie, 3rd Place: The Smoking and Joking Santa Mark Wilkinson
2nd Place: Blood Brothers Jerry Dreesen
Tie, 1st Place: House of Dreams Vivian Belle
Tie, 1st Place: The Great State of Canada Jenny Anderson Kalahar
Special Award: Maren Thornbury
Special Award: Al Geisler
Special Award: Sandra Stewart
Award of Merit (Best of Book): Vibrations in VII Celeste Williams

Congratulations to all of our 2018 awards winners!

Thank you to all of our Sponsors and Patrons who supported the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review, and a special thank you to the Indiana Arts Commission, for grant support for this year’s project!






This activity made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

2018 Corporate Sponsors:

Church, Church, Hittle & Antrim
Smith’s Jewelers
Mr G’s
Kurt Meyer Realty
Love’s Hangover Creations

                                          2018 Individual Patrons

Bill & Casey Kenley                                                   
Emily Wasonga
Mark Wilkinson
Greg Richards
Matt & Kelli Yates
Luke & Sally Kenley
Kurt & Andrea Meyer
David & Laurie Kimmel
David & Stacy Corwin
Dottie & Vernon Young
Susan Crandall

Click on this link to purchase YOUR copy today!

About the 2018 theme:

Have you ever had a dream or a nightmare so vivid that when you awake you aren’t sure if it really happened or not? Have you ever had an experience that you just know other people wouldn’t believe could be true? Or have you ever watched a move and wondered, “I wonder if that was based on true events?” or “I can’t believe that’s a true story!” You’ve heard the saying “truth is stranger than fiction,” right? Well, we asked our Poets, Memoirists, Essayists, Songwriters, and Storytellers to express their creativity with pieces that would leave our readers feeling just like that ~ not really being sure if what you’ve read is true (fact) or not (fiction). For image submissions, meeting this year’s theme was a bit of a challenge ~ after all, who but the artist or photographer could really know if their work is based on fact or fiction? Nevertheless, the book includes some great artwork ~ we were a bit generous with the images insofar as how they connect to the theme, but we think you’ll like ’em all!

Online Directed Patronage Donations via secure Square Market here:

 2018 Events in support of The Polk Street Review:

Beginning Your Memoir

A Writing Workshop with Ellen Santasiero

Saturday, June 16, 2018 1:00 – 5:00 pm
$35 per person. Adults and older teens welcome.
at Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc.
1274 Logan Street in Noblesville’s Cultural Arts District

The universe is made of stories, said the poet Muriel Rukeyser. What’s yours? Have you written it down yet? This workshop leads participants in writing and editing their own short memoir!
Bring paper and pen, or a laptop, and enthusiasm for learning new techniques!

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Square payments accepted.
Rour emailed Square receipt  is your registration; please print your receipt and bring it to the workshop.
Or use the QR code to go to our secure Square Market

About Ellen: Ellen Santasiero’s essays, memoirs, interviews, and articles have appeared in Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, The Sun, Oregon Humanities, High Desert Journal, thestayproject, and The Polk Street Review. A 1979 graduate of Noblesville High School, she lives, writes and teaches in Oregon. She’s thrilled to be back again this year to connect with Noblesville writers!

For more information, call 541-408-4509.

Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) all-volunteer nonprofit cultural arts organization.

2017 WORKSHOPS in support of the 2018 edition:

Ellen Santasiero Memoir Writing Workshop

Hosted by The Polk Street Review, this workshop on August 26 (2017) was from 1p – 5p at Logan Street Sanctuary.  Ellen Santasiero’s essays, memoirs, interviews, and articles have appeared in Northwest Review, Marlboro Review, The Sun, Oregon Humanities, High Desert Journal, Oregon Home, The Polk Street Review, and in Going Green, an anthology from the University of Oklahoma Press. She teaches literature and creative writing at Oregon State University, and memoir classes at her local library and domestic violence shelter. For this workshop, Ellen focused on Beginning Your Memoir with warm-up exercises that helped attendees access important memories, and she led participants in writing and editing their own short memoir. Many of these memoirs ended up in the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review.

The Polk Street Review’s Walk, Photograph, & Write Noblesville Workshop

Hosted by The Polk Street Review, this workshop on November 18 (2017) was from 2p – 5p at Logan Street Sanctuary. We got rained out (the streets flooded!) so we stayed snug and dry inside LSS and used existing photos in our cell phones to create submissions to the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review. We focused on writing something ~ paragraph, poem, short story, song lyrics, memoir ~ inspired by our favorite cell photo. If you’re familiar with Noblesville, workshop like this one are a great way to “see” something new in a familiar place! If you dnn’t already have a connection to Noblesville, our workshops automatically met the “Noblesville connection” criteria for submitting to The Polk Street Review.                                                                                                                                                                   

The Polk Street Review’s Songwriting & Arranging Workshop

Hosted by The Polk Street Review, this workshop was on November 25 (2017) from 1p – 4pm at Logan Street Sanctuary.  One of the submission categories for The Polk Street Review anthology is “Song Lyrics/Poetry” and this workshop 1) sharpened songwriting skills, and 2) gave songwriters the chance to work on a song lyric to submit it to the 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review for publication (and possible presentation) at the book launch on February 24th 2018. Songwriters Chris WilsonJohn Gilmore, and Zach Craft guided attendees through the three hour workshop. Free follow-up individual sessions were offered by Sarah E. Morin-Wilson, who holds a music composition and theory degree from Butler and is an officer of Poetry Society of Indiana

Logan Street Sanctuary, Inc. is an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural arts organization, with annual and monthly Signature events, concerts, workshops, and more. At all events, we put out a glass bowl for LSS donations to “keep the lights on”. At our concert events, we ask a $15 donation at “the door” ~ $10 goes directly to the performers, and $5 donation goes directly to support LSS to help us keep the lights on!  If you would like to prepay, go to ~ be sure to bring your emailed receipt to the concert that you want to attend!
Without your support, we wouldn’t be able to offer such great community arts-related events.  Check our Upcoming Events to see what’s happening at LSS! You can find us on Facebook and Twitter at @LSS1274!

You can support the annual publication of The Polk Street Review and the book launch with directed donations made via our secure Square Market online store:

Donations directed to The Polk Street Review

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