Pulp Ark Writers Gathering in Batesville May 13-15

The first annual Pulp Ark Writers Conference takes place May 13 through 15. The event is the brainchild of writer/editor/publisher Tommy Hancock of Melbourne and is presented by Pro Se Productions, a Batesville-based company operated by Hancock and Fuller Bumpers, specializing in pulp storytelling in various mediums, primarily magazines and comics.  The activities kick off at noon on Friday and run through Sunday evening.   They include panels and workshops for writers, readings, guerilla theater performances, live recording of a radio program, an exhibit and auction of work by comic and pulp fiction artists, an awards program sponsored by Marks Pharmacy in Melbourne, and several social events. More than two dozen writers from across America are expected to attend. 

The conference/convention takes place primarily in the historic Cinnamon Stick Coffee and Sandwich Shop at 151 W. Main.  The three-story structure, built in 1880, was once an opera house and is rich in history and atmosphere. The art exhibit and auction will take place on Saturday at the Batesville Area Arts Council Gallery at 246 E. Main.  All of the events are free and open to the public. Hancock notes that “between the characters and the comics there is something for all ages.”  The complete schedule and an interview with Hancock highlight the May issue of  Eye on Independence magazine, available free at most downtown businesses and at Daylight Donuts, Natalie’s, Smokehouse Grill, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and MorningSide Coffeehouse. For additional information visit www.proseproductions.com/press/pulpark.html or call or text 870-834-4022.