Michael Martone sits with joj, Ball State creative writing graduate student, after his reading Oct. 10, 2019, in the Arts and Journalism building, AJ 225. Joj has read most of Martone's books and was awarded the scholarship Martone created in his parents' name. Tier Morrow, DN Campus 10/11/2019, 10:00am Michael Martone pushes genre boundaries with writings about Indiana By Tier Morrow “Michael Martone was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, or maybe Scott County, Iowa … His nickname was Dolly or peanut or bug or Michie. He’s written more than a dozen books, maybe more. He might be a fiction writer or nonfiction hybrid."