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

Booksignings/See Also Deception: A Marjorie Trumaine Mystery

Larry D. Sweazy’s 12th published novel, See Also Deception, features freelance indexer and North Dakota farm wife, Marjorie Trumaine, who first appeared in the critically acclaimed See Also Murder (05/2015). The novel will be released on May 10, 2016.  Book signings are listed below.
“A satisfying sequel.” — Publishers Weekly
“The second of the Marjorie Trumaine Mystery novels does not disappoint. Marjorie is a strong, fairly independent woman –still somewhat unusual in 1964 –which sets her up as an appealing heroine… The setting is perfect for the desolation that Marjorie struggles with, and her love/hate relationship with what her life has become. **** –COMPELLING”  -RT Reviews

“Brimming with atmosphere and filled with well-drawn characters, See Also Deception is bound to delight mystery readers everywhere. Marjorie Trumaine rings as solid and true as any heroine ever created.”
—Susan Crandall, bestselling author of Whistling Past the Graveyard
05/10/2015 - 5 to 8 PM, Barnes and Noble, 17090 Mercantile Blvd., Stony Creek Marketplace, Noblesville, IN 46060
05/14/2015 - 12 to 4 PM, Barnes and Noble, 8675 River Crossing Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Fort Harrison State Park-Arts in the Parks Project for Indiana's Bicentennial

Please visit Fort Harrison State Park, look for writing prompt boxes located at public areas throughout the park, write in response to these prompts and send completed works to

Writing prompts and published responses are also available on the online forum: 
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This project is facilitated by Liza Hyatt.  She will kick off the project with a Nature walk on May 14th at 1pm, starting at the Delaware Shelter.  Please join this gathering if you can!

She hopes that many area writers feel inspired to participate in this project, as well as the many other Arts in the Parks projects happening this summer and fall.

Join us at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing on Saturday, May 14 from noon to 8:00PM for the Divedapper Poetry Carnival, featuring a rotation of delights: live music, fair food, carnival games conducted by beautiful people with perfect hair, and poetry readings from Aimee Nezhukumatathil, Danez Smith, and Heather Christle – they all have perfect hair too.
Presented in cooperation with Butler University, the Divedapper Poetry Carnival aims to obliterate the idea that poetry is obtuse, or unapproachable, or in any way un-fun. Spend the day with us. Listen to words, write some of your own, eat a corn dog. It's going to be a good time. Don't miss the Dan Barden dunk tank.
12:00pm     Welcome, Check-in, Carnival Booths, Lunch, and Book Sales
1:30-2:30   Headliner 1 workshop/ Bridge Workshop 1: Open to children grades 3-12
2:30-3:30   Headliner 2 workshop/ Bridge Workshop 2: Open to children grades 3-12
3:30-4:30   Headliner 3 workshop/ Bridge Workshop 3: Open to children grades 3-12
4:30-5:30   Regional Poetry Showcase Reading
5:30-6:30   Headliner Showcase Reading
6:30-7:00   Headliner Q&A
7:00-8:00  Dinner Party, Band, Carnival Booths, and Book Sales

Writers Guild at Bloomington

a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Featuring poets Allison Joseph and Jon Tribble
Thursday, May 19  7:00 to  9:00 p.m.
Bloomingfoods EAST Patio Room, 3220 East Third Street
Free and open to the public
Allison Joseph lives, writes, and teaches in Carbondale, Illinois, where she is part of the creative writing faculty at Southern Illinois University.  She serves as editor and poetry editor of Crab Orchard Review, moderator of the Creative Writers Opportunities List, and director of the Young Writers Workshop, a summer writers’ workshop for teen writers. Her books and chapbooks include What Keeps Us Here (Ampersand Press), Soul Train (Carnegie Mellon University Press), In Every Seam (University of Pittsburgh), Wordly Pleasures (Word Tech), Imitation of Life (Carnegie Mellon UP), Voice: Poems (Mayapple Press), My Father’s Kites (Steel Toe Books), Trace Particles (Backbone Press), Little Epiphanies (Imaginary Friend Press), Mercurial (Mayapple Press), Multitudes (forthcoming, Word Tech Communications), The Purpose of Hands (forthcoming, Glass Lyre Press), and Mortal Rewards (forthcoming, Kelsay Books)  Another collection, Confessions of a Barefaced Woman, has been accepted for publication by Red Hen Press. She is the literary partner and wife of Jon Tribble.
Jon Tribble lives, writes, teaches and edits in Carbondale, Illinois, where he serves as managing editor of Crab Orchard Review and Series Editor of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry.  He is the author of two books of poems, Natural State, published in 2016 by Glass Lyre Press, and And There Is Many a Good Thing, forthcoming in 2017 from Salmon Poetry. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, Atticus Review, South Dakota Review, Connotation Review, and in anthologies such as the Jazz Poetry Anthology and Sweet Jesus: Poems About the Ultimate Icon. He has received fellowships and awards from the Illinois Arts Council.  He is the literary partner and husband of Allison Joseph.

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 19, 2016

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