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

Disgust with Civilization, Vol. 1
Brought to you by The Geeky Press

New Day Meadery, 1102 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

We are many of us disgusted by some element of human civilization. Maybe you’re sickened by 24-hour news cycles, revolted by bureaucracy, hate social media, detest standardized testing, or loathe the liberal mindset. The thing is: you’re not alone, and I want to recruit you to prove it.

Join these writers who will share stories of disenfranchisement, helplessness, and maybe even action:
Jonathan Marting studied creative writing at Ball State University. He likes to write and brew beer in his spare time.

Chris Schumerth is a writer who grew up in Northern Indiana. He has an MFA in creative writing from the University of South Carolina. His writing has appeared in the Miami Herald, Salon, In the Fray, Punchnel’s, Fall Lines, and other places. You can check out his blog at or follow him on Twitter @ChrisSchumerth.

Michael McColly is a writer, teacher, and activist from Marion, Indiana. His book The After-Death Room was the recipient of a 2007 LAMBDA Award for Best Spiritual Memoir. For his creative work and reporting, he has received fellowships at MacDowell, Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, and Ragdale. He teaches creative nonfiction, journalism, and literature at Columbia College (Chicago) and Northwestern University, where he is also a lecturer in the MFA program. You can learn more about him at

Ryan Brock is the Founder & CEO of Metonymy Media, an agency of creative writers dedicated to helping businesses and organizations communicate effectively for growth and success. Ryan is also the Editor-in-chief of Ex. Ex. Midwest, a quarterly print magazine dedicated to exploring Midwestern food culture, and he is the co-author of Nothing New: An Irreverent History of Storytelling and Social Media, a book exploring the connections between successful storytellers from throughout history and the modern social media platforms we use today.
You can RSVP for the reading here (It would be cool, but not necessary):

Butler University/Literary Translation Series
Tuesday, March 1 @ 7:30pm
The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, 530 West Hampton Drive

Did you know that only 3% of all books published in the United States are works in translation; for literary fiction and poetry, the figure is below 1%?  To change this dismal statistic, it is vital to promote books in translation and their translators.
Dr. Bill Johnston (Indiana University, Bloomington)
“Epic Foolishness: Translating Adam Mickiewicz’s Pan Tadeusz” This talk will look at some of the issues involved in producing a new translation of Pan Tadeusz, a long narrative poem of 1834 by Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz (1798-1855). Dr. Johnston will consider some of the linguistic and literary problems that have arisen, framing his remarks within a single overarching question: What does it mean to re-imagine a new audience for a Romantic-era work widely regarded by Poles as their national epic?
Bill Johnston’s translations include Wiesław Myśliwski’s Stone Upon Stone (Archipelago Books), winner of the 2012 PEN Translation Prize, the Best Translated Book Award, and the AATSEEL Award for Best Literary Translation into English; Tomasz Różycki’s Twelve Stations, longlisted for the 2016 PEN Award for Poetry in Translation; and translations of the work of Magdalena Tulli, Andrzej Stasiuk, Jerzy Pilch, Witold Gombrowicz, Tadeusz Różewicz, Egeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki, and numerous other authors. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2014 he received the Transatlantyk Prize for his contributions to the promotion of Polish culture abroad. His most recent translation is Oxygen (Zephyr Press, forthcoming), a selection of the poetry of Julia Fiedorczuk. He is currently working on a new translation of Adam Mickiewicz’s 1834 epic poem Pan Tadeusz, a project for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches literary translation at Indiana University, where he is Henry Remak Professor of Comparative Literature. Two books translated by Bill Johnston - Tomasz Różycki’s Twelve Stations, and Magdalena Tulli’s In Red – are available at BU bookstore.

Indiana Interchurch Center

Presenting Douglas Wissing
Wednesday, March 2 @ 7pm

Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd St, Indianapolis
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Douglas Wissing
will discuss his new book IN Writing.  Fueled by an insider’s view of Indiana and the state’s often surprising connections to the larger world, IN Writing is revelatory. It is Indiana in all its glory: sacred and profane; saints and sinners; war and peace; small towns and big cities; art, architecture, poetry and victuals. It’s about Hoosier talent and Hoosier genius: the courageous farmer-soldiers who ardently try to win the hearts and minds of 21st century Afghan insurgents; the artisans whose work pulses with the aesthetics of far-away homelands; and the famous modernist poet who had to leave to make his mark. It’s about places that speak to a wider world: Columbus and its remarkable architecture; New Harmony and its enduring idealism; Indianapolis and its world-renowned Crown Hill cemetery. IN Writing makes visible the unexpected bonds between Indiana and the world at large. The Wissing discussion kicks off Center for Interfaith Cooperation series of book talks celebrating Indiana's bicentennial   Read an article about Douglas Wissing in Indianapolis Monthly:

Poetry on Brick Street
Presents poet Helen Townsend
Thursday, March 3 @ 6:30 pm
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville

Townsend will read her poetry, which will followed by a brief intermission and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.
Helen Townsendsmall

Helen's most recent book is "Samadhipada: Word Yoga," published by Chatter House Press. Helen’s work has previously been published in the following anthologies—Reckless Writing 2012 from Chatter House Press, Tipton Poetry Journal: Christmas at the Creek from Brick Street Poetry Inc., and Bearers of Distance: Poems by Runners from Eastern Point Press. Her work has also appeared on the following websites—Flying Island Online Literary Journal, Indiana Humanities website,, and

Helen’s poem “A Wall-Eyed Pike in a Glass Tank” was co-winner of the 2013 Philadelphia Inquirer Poetry Contest; “O’Flaherty’s is Gone” won first place in the 2014 Masterpiece in a Day Writing Contest sponsored by the Fountain Square Arts Council; a poem not included in this collection, “Three Wishes,” won third place in the 2015 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest.

The Poetry on Brick Street monthly reading series is a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit, that also publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal and hosts other poetry events.


Friday, March 4, 5-7 pm
Brent Bill will be signing Life Lessons from a Bad Quaker: A Humble Stumble Towards Simplicity and Grace.  Find out more about Brent Bill:

Saturday, March 5, @ 1:30 pm
Book Discussion of The Grapes of Wrath sponsored by Storytelling Arts.

Sunday, March 6, @ 2 pm
Jim Cangany book launch
Jim will be signing his new book, On the Rebound, a novel set in Irvington.
Go to his facebook page:

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Historical fiction author, Annette Oppenlander
Saturday, March 5 @ 12 noonReading/Presentation of her newly released novel, Escape from the Past: The Kid

Time-traveling gamer, Max, embarks on a harrowing journey through the Wild West of 1881!

KMG Publications presents 'Da streets are callin me'
Saturday, March 5, 6:30pm – 8:30pm @ Indy Reads
A reading/signing with Mi'shele, author of the urban fiction title, "Da Streets Are Callin Me".
"Twitter: @AuthorMishele
Instagram: @author_Mishele
Facebook: Authoress Mi'Shele"

Indy Word Lab @ Indy Reads
Monday, March 7, 7pm – 9pm

Indy Word Lab is an experimental writing group that has been described as, "what writing workshops are SUPPOSED to be". Join us every first Monday for this free event, whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out.

Tuesday, March 8, 5:30pm – 7:00pm @ Indy Reads

Flashed is a collection of flash fiction stories in comics and prose, pressed up against one another. In dialogue. In concert. In conversation. The stories are arranged in “triplets”—each grouping a kind of call-and-response among the respective contributors. So Flashed is more than an anthology; it’s a conversation—among some of today’s most exciting prose writers and cartoonists—and between the forms of prose and comics.
Join us to celebrate the release of Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose, edited by Josh Neufeld & Sari Wilson. Selections of the book will be read by Butler MFA students. A conversational Q & A session will be hosted by Josh Neufeld and Pressgang's Editor & Publisher, Robert Stapleton. The reading will include an exciting visual display of the comics > prose > comics (and vice-versa) triptychs presented in this one-of-kind collection.

The Writers Guild At Bloomington
First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
With guest readers Lisa Kwong, Abegunde, Annette Oppenlander

Sunday, March 6 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Boxcar Books,  408 E 6th St., Bloomington
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
This event is free and open to the public.

Kellogg Writers Series
Presenting Alec Cizak
Monday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center

Alec Cizak is a writer and filmmaker from Indianapolis whose work has been featured in more than a dozen journals and anthologies since the late 1990s. Most recently, his stories have appeared or are scheduled to appear in the Wayne Literary Review, Beat to a Pulp, and Profane. He edits the literary journal Pulp Modern, and a collection of his short fiction, Crooked Roads, was published by All Due Respect Books in 2015. Cizak also has written and directed several short and feature-length motion pictures. In 2015, he completed post-production on his latest feature film, Kato Therapy, which he financed, wrote, directed, shot, and edited.



Kelly Writers Series-Depauw University

Poet Adrian Matejka
Wednesday, March 9 @ 7:30 pm

Union Building Ballroom
Adrian Matjeka is this year’s Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Winner and author of The Devil’s Garden (2002), Mixology (2008), and The Big Smoke (2013), which poetically explores the life of boxer Jack Johnson and won the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

Pulitzer Prize winning author Yusef Komunyakaa writes of The Big Smoke: “This poet’s Jack Johnson is made of sweat, blood, and vulnerability.”   

International Women’s Day @ IUPUI
On Thursday, March 10, IUPUI will host its annual International Women’s Day Celebration in the University Library, Lilly Auditorium.

Come at 6:30 p.m. for a delicious spread of international foods, and at 7, a group of women from from our community will read poems from Scattering the Dark, an exciting new anthology of Polish women poets. A bit later (8:15), there will be a multicultural, multilingual open mike. Email Caleb Waggoner ( if you’re interested in participating. Keep reading to a single page—must be by a woman—and if in a language other than English, provide a translation.

This event is free and open to all!


2016 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series

Poet Claudia Rankine

Thursday, March 17 @ 7:30 PM

Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

The event is free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-9861.
is the author of five collections of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely, and two plays, including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue. She has edited several anthologies, including The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind. She co-produces a video series, The Situation, with John Lucas, and is the founder of the Open Letter Project: Race and the Creative Imagination. Among her numerous awards and honors is the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts. 

Her bestselling book Citizen: An American Lyric (2014) uses poetry, essay, cultural criticism, and visual images to explore what it means to be an American citizen in a “post-racial” society. Citizen was the winner of the 2015 Forward Prize for Best Collection, the NAACP Image Award, the PEN Open Book Award, the LA Times Book Award for poetry, and the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry. Citizen was also a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award criticism category, making it the first book in the award’s history to be a double nominee.

Recurring Events:

Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville
Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info:Sarah E. Morin at

The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic
Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month
from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
at Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.


Vibe on Wednesdays
Wednesdays  8 p.m.(Doors open at 7)
Tantrum, 8215 Center Run Dr.
Live band, poetry, art and open mic. 
$5- Must be 21 or older.
Meets every other Wednesday.
Host: Tony Styxx. Video: https://youtube/8Nzv2eXoYX4*

Poetry Open Mic

Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater
Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre.

Open Mic Night at Books and Brews
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers.  Every Thursday  8 p.m.
Information: (317) 288-5136. 

VOCAB and The Hi-Fi 
Saturday, March 5 @ 8pm
Go to the facebook page for details:



Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 02, 2016

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