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

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

Tuesday, June 28   6:30-8:30 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  Our featured poet will be Norbert Krapf who will read from his “Somewhere in Southern Indiana” (1993), “Blue-eyed Grass: Poems of Germany” (1997), and “Looking for God’s Country” (2005), all from Time Being Books, which has closed its doors. All three of these paperbacks will be available for $5, the hardcover of “Grass” for $10 and, signed (and inscribed, upon request).    Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side! 

Norbert was Indiana Poet Laureate 2008-10, winner of the Glick Indiana Author Award (Regional) 2014, a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Indy Arts Council 2011-12, and an earlier Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. As IPL, he stressed collaborations – he has collaborated with jazz pianist-composer Monika Herzig, released a CD with her, “Imagine” (2007), also collaborates with bluesman Gordon Bonham, his guitar teacher, and photographers Darryl Jones, David Pierini, and Richard Fields. He does a workshop with the Lawrence poet Liza Hyatt, “Mining the Dark for Healing Gold: Writing About Difficult Relationships,” based on his “Catholic Boy Blues” (2014) and her “The Mother Poems” (same year).  Norbert loves listening to music of almost all kinds, walking, and writing early in the morning. More:

9 Johnson Ave,Indianapolis
, IN 46219

Book Club meeting with Francesca Zappia
Wednesday, June 29    7:00pm to 8:00pm
We will be discussing Made You Up with author Francesca Zappia.

Ellenberger Farmers' Market (REMOTE EVENT)
07/10/2016 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Jim Cangany will be signing his new books, "On the Rebound" and "Take Two" and Stephanie Engelman will be signing her new book, "A Single Bead".  Both books are appropriate for teens and adults.

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Amy L. McCorkle reading "Letters to Daniel"
Saturday, July 2,  1pm – 3pm
Through a series of open letters to her favorite actor, Daniel Craig, the author details her struggles with abuse, mental illness and her ultimate triumph over both by becoming an award winning and bestselling author, blogger, screenwriter and filmmaker.

Ayun Halliday reading "No Touch Monkey! And Other Travel Lessons Learned Too Late"

Thursday, July 7,   5:30pm – 7:00pm

Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the most outrageous, with a knack for inserting herself (and her unwitting cohorts) into bizarre situations around the globe.

Frank Mullen reading Crash Clown
Friday, July 8,  7 pm
In this, his long-awaited first novel, Frank Mullen holds up a mirror to American personal injury law, addictions to booze and information, the failure of relationships between men and women, and standard Dachshunds.  Go here to read more.

Poetry on Brick Street
Presenting four poets - Jenny Kalahar, Judy Young, Carol Murschel and Mac Greene
Thursday, July 7 at 6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.

Poetry on Brick Street is shaking things up a bit for its July reading. It will present, not just one, but four guest poets: Jenny Kalahar, Judy Young, Carol Murschel, and Mac Greene.  They are all Brick Street regulars who often read their work during the open mic portion of the monthly reading series. All four have had books of their poetry recently published and will be reading some of these poems and other works during the evening’s main event. An open mic will still follow the main reading. The event is free and open to the public.


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 — June 07, 2016

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