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

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Dan Wakefield Park Dedication Ceremony

Wednesday, June 1, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Dan Wakefield Park, 61st & Broadway Streets, Indianapolis

Join Dan Wakefield and host of dignitaries in dedicating an Indy Park in Dan’s honor. U.S. Senator Richard Lugar (Ret.) and Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett are scheduled to speak.

The ceremony concludes with a ribbon-cutting of the park’s new sign, followed by an informal reception. Travis DiNicola of WFYI’s “The Art of the Matter” will host. All are welcome.

Here is a link for the evite for this celebration:

In the event of rain the ceremony and reception will take place in the gymnasium of IPS Center for Inquiry 84, same date and time. CFI 84 is located at 440 East 57th Street (57th & Central Ave.)

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Gary Moore Reading "The Final Service"
Wednesday, June 1, 5pm – 7pm

The Final Service
Inspired by real events, The Final Service offers a riveting story about human nature, emotional abandonment, and how unfulfilled dreams left a middle-aged woman on the brink of personal destruction until one event forever altered the core of her belief system and her life. It is a story of faith, family, and forgiveness, and the realization that forces larger and more powerful than ourselves are at work in our lives in ways we are unable to fully understand. The book is currently being made into a major motion picture:

Poetry on Brick Street

Presenting poet Katerina Tsiopos
Thursday, June 2, at 6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville.

Tsiopos will read her poetry, which will followed by a brief intermission and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.
Katerina is the director of the English Program at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. Her poetry has been published in numerous literary journals and her academic research encompasses international writing instruction and explores learning outcomes associated with the use of social networking, SKYPE, blogs, videos, portfolios and creative writing.


Writers Guild at Bloomington
Fountain Square Poetry Series
Presented by Writers Guild at Bloomington
Co-Sponsored by By Hand Gallery and Gather : handmade shoppe & Co:

Friday, June 3rd,  5:30-7:30 pm
Fountain Square Mall Atrium

Featuring poets Michelle Gottschlich, Yalie Kamara, Amelia Martens, and Patsy Rahn
with musical guest DJ Good Peoples.

Michelle Gottschlich
is a 25 year old poet from Northwest Indiana. She completed herundergraduate degree in creative writing at Indiana University in 2013. Her work; centering on female experience, love, and mental health, has appeared in Canvas Creative Arts Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, Midwest Trash, EGGS, and Play Dead Press. Her chapbook Void Sets was published by Monster House Press in 2015. Michelle works as a server in Bloomington.

Yalie Kamara is a first generation American and native of Oakland, California. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Creative Writing and Languages from the University of California, Riverside and a Master of Arts degree in French from Middlebury College. In the past decade, Yalie has lived on three continents, where she’s been both a student and an educator. Her writing has been published in Mosaic Literary and Art Journal and the Community College of Vermont, as well as featured on PBS. Prior to becoming an MFA student, Yalie worked in the service of youth and adults all over the state of California in the areas of educational access, nonprofit management, and community-based art facilitation.

Amelia-Martens-150x150Amelia Martens is the author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat, a ook of prose poems, which was selected by Sarabande Books for the 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. She met her husband in the IU MFA program; together they have created a reading series, a literary journal, and two daughters.

Patsy-Rahn-150x150Patsy Rahn is a poet and prose writer.  She trained as a dancer in New York City and at the National Ballet School in Toronto. She worked for many years as an actress in Toronto, ew York, and Los Angeles. Her writing has been published in academic journals and various literary publications. She has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles and Bloomington. Recently, she participated in the Writers Guild’s program for the Boys and Girls Club on Martin Luther King Day, and as a poet with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and works at the Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University.


9 Johnson Ave,Indianapolis, IN 46219

Annette Bergman book signing
Friday, June 3  5:00 to 7:00pm
Annette Bergman will be signing her books, Return to Tybee: A Woman's Story (about an actual event in Indiana) and Things That Make Me Nuts.

Amy Brock McNew book signing
Sunday, June 5    2:00 to 4:00pm

Amy Brock McNew will be signing and discussing her new book, Rebirth: Book One of the Reluctant Warrior Chronicles.


Saturday, June 4  Noon to 1 p.m.
T.C. Steele State Historic Site

4220 T.C. Steele Road, Nashville, IN 47448
$7 Adult, $5 Senior, $2 Children (3 to 12 years old)

T.C. Steele captured the essence of the beauty of Indiana through his paintings. Step back in time with Lou Ann Homan as she shares the story of the life and loves of this extraordinary man who chose to live by his mantra, “Every morning I take off my hat to the beauty of the world.”

This activity is a signature project of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is made possible, in part, with support from the Indiana Arts Commission. In celebration of the Bicentennial, the Indiana Historical Society mounted an exhibit on T.C. Steele and published the 50th Anniversary Edition of its book, House of the Singing Winds: The Life and Work of T.C. Steele. To add another layer to the Bicentennial celebration, Storytelling Arts of Indiana and the Indiana Historical Society commissioned Lou Ann Homan to develop a story based on T.C. Steele. This story premiered April 29, 2016 at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center.

Funding from the Bicentennial Commission and the Indiana Arts Commission makes it possible to tell this story around the state – Sept. 24 at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art and Oct. 13 at the Evansville Museum of Arts and Science.

June Indy WordLab: John David Anderson
Monday, June 6,   7pm
New location:Metonymy Media
1025 Virginia Ave, Indianapolis, IN

June's WordLab will be the first hosted at Metonymy's new office in Fountain Square. Please note the change in location. Free two-hour parking is all around!
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.
John David Anderson is the critically-acclaimed, Young Hoosier author of Sidekicked, Minion, Standard Hero Behavior, The Dungeoneers and the soon-to-be-released Ms. Bixby's Last Day and Insert Coin to Continue. He lives with his patient wife and brilliant twins in Indianapolis, Indiana, right next to a State park and a Walmart. He enjoys hiking, reading, chocolate, spending time with his family, playing the piano, chocolate, making board games, chocolate, not putting away his laundry, watching movies, and chocolate.


Many book discussions coming up at the Library.  Check them out here:

The Art of the Matter
Our poetry instructor, Kyle Craig, will be interviewed on the WFYI show Art of the Matter.  He will be discussing Japanese Poetry and his upcoming class When Haiku & Visual Art Collide: An Introduction to Haiga.  This interview will air Thursday, June 9th, from 8-9pm, and Saturday, June 11th, from 7-8am. There will also be a podcast put up the following Monday, June 13th.

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 — May 09, 2016

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