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

Brick Street Poetry Celebrates National Poetry Month

Brick Street Poetry will present poetry readings all April in celebration of National Poetry Month at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, 110 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.  These poets will read work  inspired by StreamLines, a multi-faceted, city-wide project to enhance appreciation for Indianapolis  waterways. More information on the StreamLines project will be on display at the Artsgarden. The readings are free and open to the public. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own lunch while enjoying the readings.

All National Poetry Month readings in the Artsgarden start at noon and are as follows:

Alessandra Lynch – Wednesday, April 13

To help celebrate Poetry Month, Alessandra Lynch will read a selection of her poems created about the Central Canal and White River. Lynch collaborated with Mary Miss and Poets House to create original poems for the project. Lynch is the author of Sails the Wind Left Behind (2002) and It was a terrible cloud at twilight (2008). She has been the recipient of a Barbara Deming Memorial Award, as well as fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She teaches at Butler University.

Collaborative poetry reading (BeeLines) – Monday, April 18
Adrian Matejka
(Indiana University) – Wednesday, April 27

Tippecanoe County Public Library
627 South Street, Lafayette, IN 47901
TCL Poet Laureate Event     TC Reading

Indiana University Creative Writing Program
Poetry Reading with A. Van Jordan
Tuesday, April 12 @ 7pm

Indiana Memorial Union - Maple Room 900 East 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
A Van Jordan
Van Jordan is the author of four collections of poetry: Rise, winner of the PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A, listed as one the Best Books of 2005 by the London Times, Quantum Lyrics and
The Cineaste.  Jordan has earned a Whiting Writers Award, an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, and
a Pushcart Prize. He is also the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and a United States Artists Fellowship. He is Presidential Professor at Rutgers University-Newark.

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.




BJ Hollars in Indy! One night only!
Two events, because he's like the Tony Stewart of the lit-world.

Tuesday, 4/12 | 5:15 | Butler University, Jordan Hall 306, open to all | "Editing an Anthology: From Pitch to Publication"

Interested in putting together an anthology, or just learning more about publishing? As the editor of several anthologies, BJ will talk on the subject and take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, 4/12 | 7:00 | Thirsty Scholar, open to all

BJ will read from his most recent, FROM THE MOUTHS OF DOGS: WHAT OUR PETS TEACH US ABOUT LIFE, DEATH AND BEING HUMAN. Also there will be beer.

The Blank Page Celebrates National Poetry Month with David Shumate

The Blank Page Creative Writing Club at Ivy Tech will celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading showcasing Ivy Tech students and Professor Brianna Pike, and featuring acclaimed prose poet David Shumate.  A reception and refreshments will follow; Shumate’s books will be available for sale and signing. 

Wednesday, April 13, at 7:30 pm. 
The reading will take place in the Illinois Fall Creek Center’s 1st floor meeting room (Room 101) on Ivy Tech’s North Meridian Campus.  
2535 North Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis
Parking and the main entrance are on the north side of the building.  For more information contact Emily Watson at
David Shumate is Marian University’s Poet-in-Residence.  His first book High Water Mark won the 2003 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and was named a 2004 Best Book of Indiana.  High Water Mark, Floating Bridge, and Kimonos in the Closet were all published by University of Pittsburgh Press.

Writers Guild at Bloomington
Hoosier Poetry
April is Poetry Month

Sunday, April 17  2-3 pm
Monroe County Public Library room 2B

In honor of National Poetry Month and Indiana’s Bicentennial, we’ll explore the rich history of Hoosier poetry.

Award-winning poets Lisa Kwong and Roger Pfingston will read their own poems and share some of their favorite Hoosier poems. Dory Lynch will give a brief overview of Indiana poetry. All welcome.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202 
"Being Mortal" Book Discussion
Sunday, April 17, 2pm – 4pm

Join us at Indy Reads Books for a discussion of the New York Times bestseller "Being Mortal" by Dr. Atul Gawande. The Times calls it a "personal meditation on how we can better live with age-related frailty, serious illness and approaching death." An expert panel of healthcare professionals will be on hand to help facilitate this conversation. More information about this exciting new festival can be found at This event is part of the Before I Die Festival presented by the IU School of Nursing and powered by Spirit and Place.

Derrick Feldmann reading "Social Movements for Good"
Monday, April 18, 4pm – 6pm
Social Movements for Good is a guidebook for driving change, by taking advantage of the social “currency” that makes movements go viral. Author Derrick Feldmann has spent a career showing organizations how to best reach donors, activists, and employees, and engage a new generation of supporters. In this book, he shares his secrets alongside the stories of today’s most successful social good movements by companies and nonprofits.

Kelly Writers Series-Depauw University
Essayist Angela Pelster
April 20  7:30 pm

Peeler Art Center Auditorium
Angela Pelster is this year's GLCA New Writers Award Winner for nonfiction.

Pelster’s Limber charts the world’s history through its trees.  Her essays reach across time and space from the skinny poplars of her youth in Canada to a desert in the Niger.  Publishers Weekly calls her essay collection “nimble and curious.”  Pelster’s work has appeared in journals such as Granta and The Gettysburg Review.

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 — April 03, 2016

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