Friday, November 9 at 2:30 p.m.

Shari Wagner will share poems inspired by Indiana's landscape and history, as well as her Mennonite family background. She will also reflect on her calling as a poet. Part of her artistic mission is the search for intersections--crossroads where apparent contraries intersect. These so-called oppositions include the dead and the living, nature and humanity, past and present, myth and truth.

This is an informal event, with time for questions and discussion. The poet looks forward to talking about her role as a faculty member in Indiana University-Purdue University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Seminar, as well as her activities with the Indiana Writers Center and as a former Indiana Poet Laureate.


Shari WagnerShari Wagner, Indiana’s fifth Poet Laureate (2016-2017), is the author of two books of poetry: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana and Evening Chore. Her third collection, The Farm Wife's Almanac will be published in Spring 2019. Her poems have appeared in North American Review, The Writer’s Almanac, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, and American Life in Poetry. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and teaches for the Indiana Writers Center and Indiana University-Purdue University’s “Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Seminar.” Shari lives in Westfield, Indiana and attends First Mennonite Church of Indianapolis. For more information about her activities, visit