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

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

The Writers Guild at Bloomington
First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, March 2   3:00-5:00 pm
Guest readers: Alisa Alering, Richard Durisen, Michelle Hartz
Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN

Come Early to Sign Up for Open Mic

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here at IUPUI -- A Call for Poets and Readers


IUPUI University Library and the Herron Art Library, in collaboration with the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Coalition, invite you to share in an afternoon of poetry on March 5th, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. , marking the bombing of the historic literary and cultural center of Baghdad, al-Mutanabbi Street.  This renowned street, named for the famous 10th century classical Arab poet, Al-Mutanabbi, had stood as the major literary and cultural center of Baghdad for hundreds of years. 

On March 5th, 2007, a suicide bomber tragically destroyed this cultural center where scholars, artists, poets, and writers had gathered for centuries.  In response to this destructive act, Beau Beausoleil, a poet and bookseller from California, was moved to act in solidarity with the people of Iraq against such acts.  He rallied a community of international artists and writers to produce a collection of letterpress-printed broadsides (poster-like works on paper), artists' books (unique works of art in book form), and an anthology of writing, all focused on expressing solidarity with Iraqi booksellers, writers and readers. The coalition of contributing artists calls itself Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here. Now, 7 years later, the Coalition is as strong as ever as it touches poets, artists, writers, and scholars worldwide.

Please join us March 5th, 2014, at the Herron Art Library as we mark the anniversary of the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street through poetry, standing with all people across the globe who want free speech and continue to struggle for the free exchange of ideas through the sharing of academic, literary and visual creativity.
We invite poets, readers, and participants to join us during our Indianapolis, IN event to read poetry from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Anthology or from your own individual work in an effort to support the free exchange of ideas and to protest against the destruction of diverse shared cultures.  In an effort to help coordinate readers, if you would like to read please send me an email indicating as such so that I may begin planning this piece of the event's program.  You may find more information on the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Anthology and links to either purchase the hardcopy or download the e-book at this site, .   The library will have the anthology available for readers.  If you would like to read, please indicate whether you would like to read from the anthology or if you would like to read your work.  My email address is
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Poetry on Brick Street


Thursday, March 6, 2014
Presents poet, Shari Wagner
SullivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville, 225 W. Hawthorne St.

Shari Wagner has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and has taught poetry writing in universities, grade schools and nursing homes.She is the author of two poetry books: The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) and Evening Chore(Cascadia, 2005). She is also co-writer of her father's memoir about Somalia, A Hundred Camels (Cascadia, 2009), and editor of Returning: Stories from the Indianapolis Senior Center (INwords, 2012). Most recently, her poems and creative non-fiction have appeared in North American Review, The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor, Shenandoah, The Christian Century, The Midwest Quarterly and National Wetlands Newsletter. Her work has been nominated twice for Pushcart Prizes, and she has been awarded two Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Fellowships, as well as eight grants from the Indiana Arts Commission.  In 2009, she was co-winner of Shenandoah's The Carter Prize for the Essay.  Visit her facebook page here:
An open mic will follow her reading.

Poetry on Brick Street is a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit that also publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal and hosts other poetry-related events. For more information, email board member Susan Miller at

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series

Butler University

Tim O'Brien

Thursday, March 6   7:30 pm
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Kellogg Writers Series

University of Indianapolis
Presents R. Flowers Rivera

Thursday, March 6   7:30-9:00 pm
Schwitzer Student Center-Uindy Hall C    

Robert Weide will preview his Vonnegut documentary in Indianapolis on March 7

Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated producer, director and writer Robert Weide is giving Indianapolis a sneak preview of the next long-awaited documentary in his string of bios on great American humorists.

On March 7, you can see portions of Kurt Vonnegut: American Made, 25 years iin the making ... and scheduled for release in 2015. And you could even end up in the film.

Weide is known for producing Curb Your Enthusiasm and creating documentaries of Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce and others. You'll have two chances to see Weide on March 7 (you must make your reservations by 2/28/14): 
Conversation & Documentary Preview: $25  Central Library, downtown Indianapolis, 6 p.m.
VIP Reception with Robert Weide, plus the Conversation & Documentary Preview: $60   Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library

Read more and register here. All proceeds go toward finishing the documentary. 

Author Mike Mullin: How Is Taekwondo Like Writing?

As part of ALA Teen Tech Week: DIY @ Your Library, individuals of all ages are invited as young adult author Mike Mullin, winner of the 2013 Indiana Author Award for Emerging Author, will explain how taekwondo is like writing. He also will share tips on how to become a better writer. Book signings will follow.
Saturday, March 8    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Central Library
Questions about this event? 
Please contact: Central Library 275-4100


Book signing at the Noblesville Barnes and Noble
Phil Dunlap releases Cotton's Inferno

Saturday, March 8    2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Booksellers location:
17090 Mercantile Blvd in Noblesville, IN 460




Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Brett Wiscons book launch party
Saturday, March 8  @ 4pm - 6pm


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

March 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 Indiana Writers Center — February 10, 2014

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