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


Notre Dame University Visiting Writers

Valerie Sayers

January 29, 2014  7:30 p.m.
Hammes Bookstore

The Writers Guild at Bloomington
William S. Burroughs’ “The Junky’s Christmas”
live performance & film screening
Friday, January 31
Doors at 8:00 pm, show at 9:00 pm
The Back Door, 207 S. Walnut Ave. in Bloomington

The last in a series of fundraiser events for The Burroughs Century – February 5 – 9, 2014, presented by The Burroughs Century and the Writers Guild at Bloomington.
Admission: donations on a sliding scale: $5-15, or whatever you can spare, mack!
FEATURING: A LIVE staged reading of Burroughs’ 1989 short story (and perennial holiday classic) “The Junky’s Christmas” performed by Arthur Cullipher, Ian Uriel Girdley, Shayne Laughter, and Tony Brewer with musical accompaniment by John Flannelly (keyboards), Chris Rall (sax), and Kyle Quass (trumpet).
A screening of the 2006 claymation version produced by Francis Ford Coppola and narrated by William S. Burroughs hisself.
“Perhaps all pleasure is only relief.” –WSB
NOTE: The Burroughs Century is a five-day event to celebrate the 100th birthday of American avant-garde writer and artist William S. Burroughs. The festival will take place at various locations, including the Indiana University Cinema, the Grunwald Gallery, the Lilly Library, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, The Bishop, The Back Door, and elsewhere. Details, including full schedule of films, speakers, exhibits, concerts, and more, can be found at


First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Sunday, February 2
3:00 to  5:00 pm
Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN
Come Early to Sign Up for Open Mic
Featuring:  Darja Malcolm-Clarke, Mary Pat Lynch and Donna Lodge.

Poetry on Brick Street

Presents guest poet, Daniel Bowman Jr.
Thursday, February 6, 2014   6:30 pm
Change of venue for this reading
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne Street, Zionsville,
IN 46077.

daniel Daniel Bowman Jr. is the author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country (VAC Press, 2012).

His poems and essays have appeared in The Adirondack Review, American Poetry Journal, Art House America, The Bitter Oleander, Books and Culture, Main Street Rag, The Midwest Quarterly, The Northern Agrarian, The Other Journal, Redactions: Poetry & Poetics, Rio Grande Review, Rock & Sling, and Seneca Review, and internationally in Cha: An Asian Literary Journal (Hong Kong), Istanbul Literary Review (Turkey), Pyrta (India), and others. He recently completed his first novel, Beggars in Heaven.

Born in Dover, Delaware, he was raised in Mohawk, New York, where he attended Gregory B. Jarvis High School. He holds degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College (BA, English / Secondary Education), the University of Cincinnati (MA, Comparative Literature), and Seattle Pacific University(MFA, Creative Writing).  He lives in central Indiana with his wife Beth and their 2 children, and teaches at Taylor University.

Wordfest Visiting Writers Series

Valparaiso University
Jennifer Cognard-Black
Fiction writer Jennifer Cognard-Black
Wednesday, Feburary 5  6:30-7:30 pm
Mueller Hall Refectory


Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series

Butler University

Lorna Dee Cervantes
Wednesday, February 12    7:30 pm
Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall

Kellogg Writers Series
Presenting Jim McGarrah
Tuesday, February 18, 2014  7:30 - 9:00 PM
Location: Schwitzer Student Center - Trustees Dining Room

JMcGarrahPxJim McGarrah has three books of poetry, Running the Voodoo Down, which won a book award from Elixir Press in 2003, When the Stars Go Dark, part of Main Street Rag’s Select Poetry Series in 2009, and Breakfast at Denny’s from Ink Brush Press, 2013. He has publised two nonfiction books: A Temporary Sort of Peace, a memoir of the Vietnam War, and The End of an Era, a nonfiction account of life in the American counter-culture during the 1960s and 1970s. His poems and essays have appeared most recently in Bayou Magazine, Chamber 4, Cincinnati Review, Elixir Magazine, and North American Review. Along with Tom Watson, he edited Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana.


Kelly Visiting Writers Series

DePauw University

Poet Rowan Ricardo Phillips
Wednesday, February 26  7:30 pm
Peeler Auditorium

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series


Fiction writer and essayist Jacinda Townsend reads
Thursday, February 27, 7:30 p.m.
University Library Lilly Auditorium


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

February 10th  6 p.m.
Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and veteran writers can receive feedback on their work. All genres of work are accepted.  Readers and those who enjoy books are also welcome as  their feedback is important. If you'd  like to have a sample of your work critiqued at the group, please email your sample to  Valerie at

We hope to see you there!

Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 15, 2014

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