Wednesday, May 4, 2011

City's first literary journal to debut this fall

A little known Noblesville trivia fact: 8th Street, now the route used by some motorists to avoid the busier 9th and 10th Streets, used to be the main north-south drag through town.

The street, originally named Polk Street, has seen a lot of change since 1823, from mills that once stood at the north bend on the river to bars and liveries and hotels lining the once bustling street on the south side of Conner. Depots connected Noblesville to St. Louis, Chicago, and Louisville.

Now a new literary journal, named The Polk Street Review, is seeking submissions from local writers. Old Town resident and high school teacher Bill Kenley, who applied for a Lilly Teacher Creativity Grant to start a literary journal in Noblesville recently was awarded the grant.

Kenley and fellow Old Town resident Kurt Meyer are collaborating on the project, which will be published in October of 2011.

“We wanted to do something to create an outlet for local writers, to enhance the cultural identity of Noblesville, and at the same time broaden the notion of what living in small-town Indiana means,” Meyer said.

“Polk Street became the line between the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ part of town, between blue collar and white collar, flood plain and high ground. It’s touched many of the defining aspects of local life for almost two centuries. The pages will be filled with stories that straddle the same lines of local experience.”

There are a number of literary journals in cities across the nation, and this will be the first of its kind in Noblesville as far as Meyer and Kenley know, who regularly trade fiction and review each others work.

“We agreed that opportunities for getting your work published were few,” Kenley said of his collaboration with Meyer in this new project. As far as the vision they have for the journal, Kenley said “we want the journal to look something like The Paris Review or McSweeney’s,” referring to some popular literary journals.

The journal is seeking fiction, non-fiction, poetry, interviews, photography, art and even has an undefined category. “All works must have a Noblesville connection, no matter how tenuous,” according to the journal’s page, The Polk Street Review, on facebook.

People interested in submitting work should send it to

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