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

Tuesday, 10/18, 7-8 PM
Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library
250 N 5th St, Zionzville

Learn all about Kurt Vonnegut!  Chris LaFave of the Kurt Vonnegut memorial Library leads a talk on
Kurt Vonnegut; A Writer's Life. He will be open to q&a after. A great opportunity to learn everything you've wanted to know about Indiana's most famous author! 

Ball State University Visiting Writers Series

Martha McCollough
Wednesday, October 19,  7:30-8:30 p.m.

Art and Journalism Building, Room 225
Martha McCollough will screen her videopoems and read from her poetry. Martha studied visual arts at the University of Michigan and the Pratt Institute, where she received an MFA in painting. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals including The Baffler, Cream City Review and Salamander. Her videopoems have appeared online in Triquarterly, Datableedzine, and Atticus Review, and have been screened at numerous international film festivals.

9 S. Johnson Ave., Indianapolis, IN  46219

Terry Hutchens Book Launch
10/21/2016  - 5:00 to 7:00pm

Terry Hutchens
will be launching his new childrens' book on I.U. Basketball entitled Hoo-Hoo-Hoo Hoosiers!, with illustrations by Phil Velikan.  We will have copies of Terry's previous books on Indiana University Basketball available for sale that evening as well.

Opening Night/Finding Home: Indiana at 200
Friday, October 21 at 6:30-10:30 PM

Indiana Repertory Theatre
140 W Washington St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Indiana at 200 a collaboration by Writers across the state with songs by Tim Grimm.  Join us as we celebrate the opening of this production! After the performance, patrons can explore the stage alongside IRT artists and staff, enjoy appetizers and share a champagne toast with the cast.
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Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202 


Ben Winters at Indy Reads
Saturday. October 22  @ 6-8 pm

Will talk about his new release, Underground Airlines.  You can pick the book up before the discussion for 20% off!

Spoken Word
Monday, October 24 at 7-10 PM

IUPUI Campus Center
420 University Blvd, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Join us for another night of poetry! In collaboration with Homecoming this year, speakOUT will be hosting a spoken word event. We'll have an open mic session, two featured poets (Theon Lee and Tatjana Rebelle), and a Q&A portion at the end. If you want to perform contact

The event will be held in the bottom floor of the IUPUI Campus Center in the Theatre.

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, October 25  6:30-8:30 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 John and Chi Sherman.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!
John Sherman writes and publishes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and humor. He is the author of nine books. He has published dozens of poems and short stories in literary magazines and anthologies. He has been a newspaper columnist, syndicated travel writer/photographer, features writer for newspapers and magazines, and editor of two magazines.  The manuscript for his book, Marjorie Main: Rural Documentary Poetry, earned him a Finalist position in the Walt Whitman Award competition of the Academy of American Poets; he received the New Mexico Governor’s Award of Honor for Historic Preservation for the first edition of Santa Fe: A Pictorial History. John has been awarded four Individual Artist Program grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. As a result of receiving a Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, he wrote the libretto for the opera Biafra.
Chi Sherman is a poet and painter and daughter of John. On her blog she describes herself as: Writer with a weakness for creative nonfiction and poetry. Big fan of memoirs. Always sort of working on a screenplay. Wiccan-ish with Buddhist leanings. Visual artist. Daily user of sarcasm. Looking to sustain myself doing what I love (writing, eating milk chocolate, napping). 42 going on "I have to pee AGAIN?!" All of my edges are rounded for safety and comfort. Likes Cabernet Sauvignon, road trips with loud music, and anyone reputable who wants to give me a book deal.

Learn more about both John and Chi at &



Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Robert Wrigley
Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 PM

Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Robert Wrigley’s collections of poetry include Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems, winner of the Pacific Northwest Book Award; Beautiful Country; Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems; Lives of the Animals, winner of the Poets Prize; Reign of Snakes, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award; and In the Bank of Beautiful Sins, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award and finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Wrigley’s poems are concerned with rural Western landscapes and humankind’s place within the natural world, and he aims to “tell all the truth, but make it sing.” He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. His poems have been widely anthologized, twice included in Best American Poetry, and featured on NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac.

TILT event
Tuesday, October 25 (Science fiction & 16mm Film)

Sarah Skwire, a Fellow at the Liberty Fund Inc., a nonprofit educational foundation and the author of the college writing textbook, Writing with a Thesis, will discuss science fiction. Kassim Norris, Film Director, Cinematographer, DI Colorist, and Arts Council of Indianapolis Robert D. Beckmann Jr. Emerging Artist Fellow, will explore why filmmakers are switching from digital back to film.

The event is free, but registration is required!
The gallery will open at 5:30 p.m. to allow time for attendees to mix and mingle. The program will start promptly at 6 p.m. and wrap up by 7:30 p.m.
Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided. Come prepared to get creative! As an audience member, you will be asked to put these experts on their toes.

Kelly Writers Series/DePauw University
Lili Wright
Wednesday, October 26, 7:30 pm

Thompson Auditorium, Green Center for the Performing Arts
Lili Wright spent ten years as a journalist in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Utah, and Mexico. Her work has appeared in newspapers nationwide, including The New York Times and The Baltimore Sun. A graduate of Columbia University’s M.F.A. program in nonfiction, she currently teaches creative writing and journalism at DePauw University and lives in Greencastle, Indiana. She is the author of a well-received travel memoir, Learning to Float. Her novel Dancing with the Tiger will be published by Random House in 2016. The writer and ecologist Rick Bass says of the novel: “Dancing with the Tiger is built on beautiful sentences the way a spider web is built on silk. Pleasing also is Lili Wright’s wisdom regarding the human condition, present on every page. Her elegant and vital sentences also travel in service to what is surely one of the most intricate plots of the year; but first and foremost, the sentences: one will follow them almost anywhere.”

Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program

Presenting Norman Finkelstein and Michael Hellar
Wednesday, October 26,  7:30-9:00pm
Hammes Campus Bookstore
Go here for Author Bios
Thursday, October 27 @ 4 PM, Glendale Branch/IMCPL

Ever wondered what would happen to Indy if the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted here? Come find out and meet Mike Mullin, author behind the trilogy for teens, ASHFALL.  Plus, he'll share how writing is like Taekwondo. And he'll break a concrete block with his bare hands!


Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis

Presents Megan Milks
Thursday, October 27,  7:30-9:00pm

Schwitzer Student Center - Trustees Dining Room

Megan Milks
is a writer perhaps best known for the book Kill Marguerite (and Other Stories), wherein the themes of gender, feminism, and sexuality are tackled with equal measures of gusto and literary finesse. A passionate defier of convention and an unrestrained celebrator of the written word, Milks spends time writing for a number of blogs, magazines and journals, as well as teaching creative writing, literature, and journalism at Beloit College in Wisconsin. Milks will read from her work.

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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 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
Every Thursday 8 p.m.
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. 
Information: (317) 288-5136. 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 04, 2016

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