‘Polk Street Review’ gets relaunch


By Mark Ambrogi


The “Polk Street Review” is making its return.

The book, which was started in 2011 by Noblesville authors Kurt A. Meyer and Bill Kenley, is a collection of stories, poems, essays and artwork. The main rule of the publication is that subject matter or the author must have a Noblesville connection.


After Meyer and Kenley got too busy with their own work to put together books in 2015 and 2016, Alys Caviness-Gober asked the authors in March 2016 if the Logan Street Sanctuary could take the project over as a signature publication. There was open-mic night with no book in 2015.

“It was just too time-consuming for them,” said Caviness-Gober, secretary of Logan Street Sanctuary, a nonprofit based in downtown Noblesville. “When I offered to take it over on behalf of Logan Street Sanctuary, Kurt thought I was crazy. But I thought I could do that.”

The book is just under 300 pages. Several of the pieces will be presented, and prizes will be awarded at the book’s launch, set for 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 25 at LSS, 1274 Logan St.

“It’s cool that the first time we do this as a signature publication at Logan Street Sanctuary that we got as many submissions as we did,” Caviness-Gober said. “We did have to turn some submissions away because we had to keep the level of quality (strong).”

Through Logan Street Sanctuary emails and other events, Caviness-Gober sought to get the word out to writers, artists and musicians to submit.

“We had a couple of workshops to get ideas,” she said. “Every year when Bill and Kurt did it, they had a theme.”

So, Caviness-Gober figured “Journeys and Transitions” was an appropriate title since it was a transition that the book was produced by Logan Street Sanctuary.

“We ended up with quite a few submissions, and we selected works from 35 people, some of them who submitted more than one thing, which was great,” she said.

In the past, Caviness-Gober said she had previously submitted her own work.

The book, which costs $20, can be pre-ordered at loganstreetsanctuary.org/the-polk-street-review.

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