There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond. Looking for something to do? Here are just a few ideas:

Story Slam

at Indy Reads Books

Thursday, July 31  4-5:30 pm

Join us for a celebration of our summer program, "Building a Rainbow", and hear students read their work.


Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Melyssa Hubbard, "Spanking City Hall"
Wednesday, July 30, 5–7pm
Melyssa Hubbard to sign copies of her new book, "Spanking City Hall: Dominatrix to Political Activist" You've read The Da Vinci Code. You've seen National Treasure. Spanking City Hall is the intersection of both in right here in Indy.

Vouched Books Reading
Friday, August 1, 7:30-9:00pm
A reading with a long-missed favorite, Vouched Books --it's back, better than ever. Vouched Books advocates, distributes, and presents. We're all about small press literature, so no major New York publishers here. Instead, you'll find indie, experimental writers, whether it's live at one of our readings, reviews on our website, or live at one of our readings. Find us online at and on twitter @VouchedIND.



Michael Welliver & Michael Phelps book launch
Saturday, August 2, @ 2:00 pm
Book launch for the Civil War novel, A Dark and Bloody Ground: Reaping the Whirlwind, the sequel to A Dark and Bloody Ground: Sowing the Wind.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington
First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, August 3,  3:00 to  5:00 pm

Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street
Guest readers:  Joan Hawkins, Richard Durisen and Karen Wyle
Come Early to Sign Up for Open Mic

Lemonstone: a reading series
Friday, August 15,  7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Featuring Doris Lynch, poet; Mary Sexson, poet; Scott Kellogg, musician
Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third Street


Poetry on Brick Street
Presenting poet Joan Colby
Thursday, August 7  6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. She received two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, a Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), received the Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012), and received honorable mentions in the North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010). Colby is the editor of Illinois Racing News,and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published 11 books including “The Lonely Hearts Killers” and “How the Sky Begins to Fall” (Spoon River Press), “The Atrocity Book” (Lynx House Press) and “Dead Horses” and “Selected Poems” from FutureCycle Press .”Selected Poems” received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize.  “Properties of Matter” was published in spring of 2014 by Aldrich Press (Kelsay Books). Two chapbooks are forthcoming in 2014;  “Bittersweet” (Main Street Rag Press) and “Ah Clio” (Kattywompus Press). Colby is also an associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle
Press.Poetry on Brick Street is a regular monthly reading series and a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that publishes a literary journal and sponsors other poetry-related events. For information, emailboard member Susan Miller at


Indiana Historical Society Author Series

August 19
Noon to 1 p.m.
Multipurpose Room

Thomas Mason

Writing Local History Today guides local historians through the process of researching, writing and publishing their work. Thomas Mason presents a step-by-step advice to guide aspiring authors to a successful publication and focus – not only on how to write well– but also how to market and sell their work.


The Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
and supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission
and the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Saturday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: at the Corner of 4th Street and Dunn.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington once again presents the Spoken Word Stage at this year’s Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts. The Spoken Word Stage features poets, fiction writers, storytellers, the live radio theatre, comedy, collaborative music/theatre performances, and Poetry On Demand.

Always popular, Poetry On Demand gives you the opportunity to order up a poem on a theme, subject, or idea of your choice and, for a suggested donation, a poet will concoct a personalized masterpiece of wordsmithery inspired by you!  Visit us at the Writers Guild’s table by the Stage and chat with a guild member. We’d love to meet and speak with you!

This event is free and open to the public. Go here to see the schedule of performers:


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, August 11
6:00-7:30 pm

Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and veteran writers can receive feedback on their work. All genres of work are accepted.  Readers and those who enjoy books are also welcome as  their feedback is important. If you'd  like to have a sample of your work critiqued at the group, please email your sample to Valerie at 
We hope to see you!

Written by Indiana Writers Center — July 25, 2014

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