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Donovan Wheeler

Wheeler proudly teaches AP Literature and AP Language to some bright and lovably obnoxious kids in a small college town. He is the senior editor for the craft beer website Indiana on Tap and writes to ISU's STATE Magazine. Since putting in a pool he can now dive in head first (with goggles), and he has mostly stopped throwing golf clubs, but he still hates to fly.

A Manuscript Tale: Sheets in the Wind

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Author’s Note:  I wrote this for a reading I gave in Greencastle as part of the Greencastle Arts Council’s “Beginning Again” event.  I stood as one of five reader/performers, all of us sharing our thoughts about the creative process, how we start over, and the hurdles we face as we ...

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The Quiet Men: Hunter and Girton

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Humble, soft-spoken gentlemen in a casual setting, the emerging duo of Hunter and Girton have their eyes set on making themselves heard. by Donovan Wheeler photos by Jennifer Lewis courtesy of Hunter and Girton They are quiet men.  Don’t let their demeanor in front of the microphone fool you.  They ...

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My Guitar Teacher

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Wanting to understand how all the musicians I’ve written about do what they do, I sought out a good teacher.  I found a 17-year-old kid.  He’s a genius, and he’s teaching me a lot more than how to move my hands across six strings. by Donovan Wheeler The callouses on ...

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Twenty Years in Greencastle

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Twenty years ago I began my first year at Greencastle High School.  In the two decades which have followed, both of us have changed.  By and large, those changes have been for the better. My adopted home town sits on top a small knob in western Indiana.  Ten-thousand years ago, ...

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Conversations: Antenna Man’s Mark Wolven

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Mark Wolven talks to Donovan Wheeler about the dead speaking through him, about learning to play the guitar while tripping on the central ingredient to Robotussin, and how he found his band’s name while riding a scooter through a cemetery. by Donovan Wheeler photo by Blair Hartman courtesy of Mark ...

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Four Days to Carolina, Part Two

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Part II:  This Trip is a Gas Click Here to Read Part I Apple’s map-app says that a non-stop trip from west-central Indiana to the Outer Banks takes 13 hours.  It took us four days. Sunday Afternoon:  Central West Virginia Interstate 77 carves a narrow asphalt canal through West Virginia’s ...

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From “Vahhsser” to “Wahhsser”

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Greencastle’s local brewery is an example of how local forces change language, create new words, and throw grammar books into the wood-chopper. Let’s start with a smidge of my favorite history: that of the English language.  While English does owe some of its character to the Celtic and Roman inhabitants ...

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