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

Novel Conversations with Award-winning Author, Adrian Matejka

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3-4 p.m.
Franklin Central High School Media Center (enter Main Door #2)

6215 S. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46259
Free and open to the public
Refreshments provided

Notably, Mr. Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden which won the New York / New England Award, Mixology, a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Novel Conversations Speakers Program is sponsored by Indiana Humanities with support from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Dan Wakefield to host "I Am Not Your Negro" Wednesday, February 22

Don't miss a special Indianapolis screening of the new Oscar-nominated documentary about writer James Baldwin, "I Am Not Your Negro,"  at the Keystone Art Cinema at Keystone at the Crossing.

Writer Dan Wakefield is hosting the event and will conduct a Q & A session after.

When Dan Wakefield was a young writer living in NYC in the 1950s he spotted James Baldwin at the White Horse Tavern. Dan introduced himself and they became friends. Baldwin, eight years Dan's senior, and already an established writer, served as Wakefield's mentor. Baldwin's influence on Wakefield guided Wakefield's entire career.

This screening is a rare chance to hear from one of Baldwin's friends what Baldwin's life was like in the early civil rights era, 1955 - 1963. There is no other screening of this film in the U.S. that offers additional personal insight to Baldwin's genius from someone who knew him well. We are lucky to have this opportunity in Indianapolis.

There is no extra charge for this event, just the regular movie ticket price. Seating is limited, however, to theater capacity. I urge you to buy tickets in advance as they are moving quickly. You may purchase tix here:
More info about the movie is here:

Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program

Michael Collins Reading
Wednedy, February 22  7:00 - 9:00PM
Hammes Campus Bookstore
It is free and open to the public.
Michael Collins is the author of ten works of fiction. His work has been translated into seventeen languages. His novel The Keepers of Truth was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC Award. Other novels have won The Irish Novel of the Year, The Pacific Northwest Bookseller’s Award, along with the Prix Littéraire Lucien Barrière. His short fiction has won the Pushcart Award for Best Fiction, and he is the recipient of numerous New York Times Notable Book of the Year Awards. Collins is also an ultra-runner. As captain of the Irish National 100k Team, he earned a bronze medal at the 2010 World Masters 100k Championships in Gibraltar. Notable wins include The Everest Marathon, The North Pole Marathon, The Antarctic Marathon and the Sahara Marathon. Collins was educated at The University of Notre Dame and Oxford University and holds a doctorate degree.

Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University

Faculty Reading, Wednesday
February 22  7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium
Come hear the English Department faculty read from their latest works in this annual Kelly Writers Series event
Fiction panel with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Dana Spiotta and Elizabeth Eslami
Tuesday, March 7   4:00 pm

Watson Forum, PCCM

Visiting Kelly Writer Series guest Dana Spiotta; Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor Of Creative Writing; and Elizabeth Eslami, Boswell Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, will discuss trends and issues in contemporary American writing.

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club meeting
Wednesday, February 22  7:00-8:00pm

We will be discussing Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.  Everyone is welcome to join the conversation.

Presented by Indiana University

Gene Luen Yang Reading
Thursday, February 23 @ 7:30–8:30 pm

Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Part of China Remixed, the largest festival dedicated to Chinese arts and culture ever hosted in the Midwest.

Yang is a comic book artist and author of graphic novels, who teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. His book American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award.
Yang’s two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. In January 2016, the Library of Congress, Every Child A Reader, and the Children’s Book Council appointed Yang the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In September 2016, Yang was named a MacArthur Fellow.

Event is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available through the
Buskirk-Chumley box office.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

First IUPUI Student Reading of 2017
Thursday, February 23, 7:00–8:30pm

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Michael Baer reading: Re*Defining Moments
Sunday, February 26, 2:30–4:30pm

Re*Defining Moments is a profoundly simple reminder that relationships matter.  This memoir by a former Indianapolis high school teacher takes a look back into Baer's past experiences--a date with a circus freak, a surprise encounter with the Underground Railroad, killing Santa Clause, among others--and in the process, ends up planting fertile seeds in the lives of others who may be inspired to come off the sidelines and take some kind of meaningful action to make the world a better place in their own unique ways in the future. The real-life characters will leave an unforgettable imprint on your heart.  You will be changed by the events that redefined another's life.

The Writers Guild At Bloomington
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center

Sunday, February 26 @ 3:00–4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Guest Readers: Nancy Chen Long and Nathan Schmidt
Nancy Chen Long is the author of Light into Bodies, winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (forthcoming, University of Tampa Press, 2017) and the chapbook Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). She is the grateful recipient of a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a scholarship to the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, the Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. She lives in south-central Indiana and works at Indiana University.
Nathan Schmidt is an MA/PhD student in the English department at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is originally from Bloomington, Illinois, where he is a regular performer in the Word Bombing series of poetic performances. He is married to an extraordinary woman from the Netherlands, and he has a two-year-old son. He has also crossed the Atlantic Ocean by sea, along with sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar and down the Suez Canal. He is not a pirate.

Free parking in the back.
This event is free and open to the public.

Purdue Literary Reading Series

Don Share Reading
February 27, 7:30 pm

Krannert Auditorium - Reading

Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Eyewear Publishing), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and most recently a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), a critical edition of Basil Bunting's poems (Faber and Faber), and Bunting's Persia (Flood Editions). His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the TLS Translation Prize, Premio Valle Inclán, and PEN/New England Discovery Award; they were recently published in a new and expanded edition in the NYRB Poets series. With Christian Wiman, he co-edited The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press).

Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis   

Monday, February 27    7:30 PM   
Whirling Prize: Amy Ash and Helen Klein Ross
Schwitzer Student Center - UIndy Hall C

Details: Whirling Prize winners Amy Ash and Helen Klein Ross will read from their winnings books.
For more information, contact:

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

Tuesday, February 28  from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month we are featuring Anne Laker.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!
Anne is a daily diarist and occasional poet. Her 10000 Whens, is a multimedia art project and exhibition featuring 30 years of tiny writings about each day’s events and emotions, made possible by a 2015-16 Creative Renewal Art Fellowship. Her poems have twice been included in the Poetry on the Buses project, and she is a two-time winner of the poetry category of the annual Masterpiece in a Day arts contest. Her current favorite poetry theme is food.  At this reading, Anne plans to surprise us something that involves audience participation -  maybe a haiku writing on a certain theme (diary writing, or food).

2017 McFadden Memorial Lecture with Junot Díaz
Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 PM

Central Library
40 East Street Clair St, Indianapolis, Indiana
Enjoy a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz to be moderated by Raphael Sanchez of WRTV-6. His book, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," earned the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. His "This Is How You Lose Her" was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor of "Boston Review" and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This 40th annual McFadden Memorial Lecture is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

An Evening of Vonnegut in Indianapolis

Thursday, March 2  6:00-8:00 PM
WFYI Indianapolis
1630 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Gabrielle Calvocoressi
hursday, March 16  7:30 PM
Atherton Union Reilly Room, 7:30 PM

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, Apocalyptic Swing, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award.  Her poems have been featured in The New York Times, Boston Review, The Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and in numerous journals and are forthcoming in Poetry Magazine and At Length. She writes the Sports Desk column for The Best American Poetry blog and is on the advisory board of The Rumpus' Poetry Book Club.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Prize, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers Award, a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Civitella di Ranieri Fellowship and Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, Texas. She sits on the poetry boards of The Rumpus and From the Fishouse. She is the Senior Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.

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

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.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 14, 2017

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