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

Poetry On Brick Street presents


Poetry and Primates
Thursday, June 5th  6:30 pm

The SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W. Hawthorne St. Zionsville, IN

Joyce Brinkman will share her poetry experiences with the new orangutans from the Indianapolis Zoo
through a PowerPoint presentation.
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Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Booksigning with Lorne Mook
Thursday, June 5, 6pm – 7pm
Lorne Mook, professor at Taylor University in Upland, IN will be here to sign and discuss copies of his newly published translation "Dream-Crowned." This is the first English translation of an early book by the major 20th-century poet Rainer Maria Rilke. Copies of "Dream-Crowned" will be available at our store.

Chatter House Press Event, Saturday, June 14 @ 4:00 p.m.  Three contemporary Indiana poets will read together at Indy Reads Books and the public is invited to enjoy this free event. Liza Hyatt, Todd Outcalt, and Tony Brewer will read from their newly released books.

Chatter House Press, an Indianapolis publisher, is pleased to announce the release of the three books of poetry including The Mother Poems: A Memoir – The Warrior Queen Novelist and Her Poet Daughter (Liza Hyatt, $16.99); Where in the World We Meet (Todd Outcalt - $16.99); and Hot Type, Cold Read (Tony Brewer - $15.00).  The authors each provide unique poetic voices reflective of modern poetry.
Available Through: and Chatter House Press website

Liza Hyatt is the author of Under My Skin, (2012), Seasons of the Star Planted Garden (1999), and Stories Made of World (2013).  She has been published in various regional, national, and international journals and anthologies including Tipton Poetry Journal, Painted Bride Quarterly, THEMA, Black River Review, Pudding Magazine, Indiannual 4, 5, and 6, Flying Island, Branches Magazine, and England’s Tears in the Fence.  In 2006, Hyatt received an Individual Artist Project Grant from the Indiana Arts Commission.  Liza is an art therapist (ATR-BC, LMHC) and adjunct professor at both St. Mary of the Woods College and Herron School of Art and Design.  She hosts a monthly poetry reading at the Lawrence Art Center on the east side of Indianapolis. She is the author of Art of the Earth: Ancient Art for a Green Future (2007) an art-based eco-psychology workbook.

Todd Outcalt
is the author of thirty books in six languages, including The Best Things in Life Are Free, Candles in the Dark, The Healing Touch and Husband’s Guide to Breast Cancer.  He has written for such magazines as American Fitness, Cure, AIM, The Christian Science Monitor, The Christian Century, Together, Midwest Outdoors, and Midwest Travel.  Todd lives in Brownsburg, Indiana with his wife and enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploration.  He also enjoys speaking to groups.  This is his first book of poetry.  

Tony Brewer
is a poet, spoken word performer, screenwriter, sound effects artist, and roller derby announcer. He is also executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana. He has three books (The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, and Hot Type Cold Read) and wrote and co-produced a DVD, 8 Wheels of Death, the world’s first roller zombie romantic comedy.  His third collection, HOT TYPE COLD READ from Chatter House Press, marries the urgent abandon of spoken word to the structured restraint of more traditional poetic forms. Love, sex, death, and typography are explored. Also stars, maps, recovery, loss, isolation, craftsmanship, literacy, dreamwork, communicating with the dead.  Half the works are performance poems from 2004-2010, arranged alongside more esoteric pieces, shaped into a narrative that suggests many beginnings and endings, collapsing in on themselves and rising anew.

Indiana University Writers Conference

Tuesday, June 3: Stephen Motika & Mike McNally
Wednesday, June 4: Conference Participant Reading
Thursday, June 5: Sally Ball & Jami Attenberg
Readings begin each night at 8:00 p.m.
At the Bloomington Playwrights Project, 107 West 9th St
Free and open to the public.


The Writers Guild at Bloomington

Fountain Square Poetry Series
Presented by the Writers Guild and By Hand Gallery

Friday, June 6    5:30 to 7:30 pm
In Fountain Square Mall atrium, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave.

Featuring: poets Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde, Ian Uriel Girdley, Doris Lynch, and Daniel Minty, and guest musician Ozan Cemali playing Baglama.

Nancy Pulley to Host a Poetry Reading in Columbus, IN

June 26th @  6:30 p.m.
Jacksson Contemporary Art Gallery
130 Jackson St., Columbus, IN  


Featured readers:  Karen Kovacik, Steve Roberts and Nancy Pulley

There will be an Open Poetry Reading following intermission.  Poets are encouraged to sign up and participate in this community reading.  Click here for the flyer.
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Open Nature Poetry Night in honor of Henry David Thoreau's Birthday

July 12, 2014   6:30 pm
Prophetstown State Park
Open to all who might be interested in sharing nature-inspired poetry. Click here for the flyer for this event and more details.
Please email me if you have any questions or if you would like to participate. You do not have to reserve a spot, but it will help me get an approximate head count.
Kelsey Warden, Interpretive Naturalist:

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, June 9
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 — May 06, 2014

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