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


Where can Indianapolis theater audience members find eight different contrasting one-hour plays, written by Indiana women (and reflecting a Hoosier woman’s point of view) in one location, over two weekends in early Spring?  DivaFest, that’s where!  Let's go and support our playwrights:

  • True Love Waits/Tina Nehrling
  • Short Plays by Divas/Company: Stacy Post, Stacey Katz, Jackie Cornish, Enid Cokinos
  • What Is This Place?/Jan White
  • Mother Ireland/Mary Ann Mathews and Kate Duffy Sim
  • Fairy Godmother & Associates/Enid Cokinos
  • Anna's Wings/Angela Jackson-Brown
  • Zora's Tales/Debra Asante/Company: Asante Theatre Company

More info and tickets here:


Join us for a special art exhibit in partnership with the Before I Die Festival in partnership with Spirit & Place for "Can We Talk? Memories, Miracles, and the Power of Things Unsaid."

In this exhibit, artists have produced art about living in the NOW--focusing on the realization that anyone can be gone in a split second. Artwork includes healing art for those of us who may live with the regret of 'things unsaid' and for works that help create opportunities for those of us who still have a chance at honest conversation. The Joan Rivers trademark question, 'Can we Talk?' gives us the levity to begin serious talk about important communication on tough subjects.
First Friday Event
April 1, 2016   6-8 p.m.

Raymond James Stutz Art Gallery in the Stutz Business and Arts Center
212 W. 10th St., Indianapolis
Poets and Writers featured on First Friday:
Andrea Boucher, Kyle D. Craig and Allyson Horton.

Workshop Opportunity
Rachel Sahaidachny, Programs Manager of the Indiana Writers Center, will do a creative writing workshop, at the Stutz Art Gallery, on April 5th, 11 am- 1 pm, free. To register email


Writers Guild at Bloomington

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
With featured readers Frida Westford,  Anna Cabe, and Charles Culp
Sunday, April 3,  3:00 to 5:00 pm

Boxcar Books  408 E 6th St
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202 

Jim Cangany reading "On the Rebound"
Sunday, April 3, 1pm – 4pm
On The Rebound is a sweet, sports romance set on the Irving University campus in Irvington, Indiana. Published today (1/26/2016), it is a story of second chances  and overcoming overwhelming odds.

Indy Word Lab
Monday, April 4,  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.  See more about the group here.

Kelly Writers Series-Depauw University
Fiction Writer Sarah Gerkensmeyer
Sunday, April 3 @ 7:30 pm

Peeler Art Center Auditorium
Sarah Gerkensmeyer is the winner of the Autumn House Fiction Prize and Late Night Library’s Debut-litzer. Gerkensmeyer’s first story collection What You Are Now Enjoying approaches the familiar in unfamiliar ways.  Writer Stewart O’Nan calls her “a sneaky sorceress of a story teller.”  Her stories and poems have appeared in American Short Fiction, Guernica, and the Massachusetts Review.  Sarah is a DePauw ’01 Alum

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series

Marilyn Hacker-Distinguished Poet and National Book Award Winner
Tuesday, April 5, 7:30 PM

Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room
Since winning the National Book Award for her first collection, Presentation Piece, in 1970, Hacker has been, in the words of Julia Alvarez, “one of our best singers—by turns elegiac and fierce, sweet and witty. With each new collection her voice grows richer, more resonant, sorrowing, and lovely.” She received a Lambda Literary award for Going Back to the River and Winter Numbers, for which she also won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

She has also been the recipient of the Paris Review’s Bernard F. Conners Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s John Mansfield Memorial Award, and the PEN Voelcker Award (Morocco), among others.
Admission is free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-9861.


Poetry on Brick Street
Presenting poet Catherine Bowman
Thursday, April 7  at 6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville

Bowman will read her poetry, which will followed by a brief intermission and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.
most recent poetry collection is The Plath Cabinet (Four Way Books, 2009,)  and her poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including TriQuarterly, River Styx, Conjunctions, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Los Angeles Times, Crazy Horse, the New Yorker, and the Paris Review. Her work as also been published in six editions of The Best American Poetry.  Bowman has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo and the New York Foundation for the Arts. She collaborates regularly with composer and bassist John Lindberg, and they have performed and taught workshops in North America and Europe. Bowman is the Director of the Creative Writing Program at Indiana University, and also teaches at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Brick Street Poetry will sponsor other poetry events to observe National Poetry Month, so announcements will be coming soon!!

Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series

Presents Poet Diane Seuss
Thursday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m
Eskenazi Hall, 735 West New York St, Basile Auditorium, Indianapolis 46202

Diane Seuss
Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956 and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Seuss is the author of three books of poetry: Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press, 2015); Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), recipient of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; and It Blows You Hollow (New Issues Press, 1998). She served as the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the English department at Colorado College in 2012 and is currently writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, where she has been on the faculty since 1988.

Support for the Reiberg Reading Series comes from the Reiberg family, the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the IUPUI University Library, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and the IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.

Kellogg Writers Series

Adrian Matejka
Wednesday, April 13, 7:30 p.m.
Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center
Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany, and grew up in California and Indiana. His first collection of poems, The Devil’s Garden, won the 2002 New York/New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, published by Penguin Books in 2009, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and a finalist for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature – Poetry. His most recent book, The Big Smoke, received the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, the 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation, and his work has appeared in leading journals and anthologies. He teaches at Indiana University in Bloomington and is working on a new collection of poems and a graphic novel.


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. 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 08, 2016

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