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

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series
Butler University

Kaui Hart Hemmings
New York Times Best Selling Author
September 30, 2014   7:30 pm
Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Books: "The Descendants," "The Possibilities" 

Carl Phillips
Award-winning Poet
October 7, 2014,  7:30 pm
Robertson Hall, Johnson Board Room
Books: "Silverchest," "Quiver of Arrows," "Speak Low," "Coin of the Realm"

Poetry on Brick Street
Hosting Dana Roeser as its guest poet
Thursday, October 2,  6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 Hawthorne St., Zionsville
The event is free and open to the public.

Dana Roeser is the author of three books of poetry: The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, winner of the Juniper Prize (University of Massachusetts Press, 2014), and In the Truth Room (2008) and Beautiful Motion (2004), both winners of the Samuel French Morse Prize (Northeastern University Press/University Press of New England).
She has been the recipient of an NEA fellowship, the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award, and the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Laurel Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, Northwest Review, POOL, Shenandoah, Sou’wester, and other journals, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily.
Roeser has received fellowships for residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Le Moulin à Nef (VCCA France), St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity (Valletta, Malta) (VCCA International Exchange), and Mary Anderson Center for the Arts.
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 events that promote the literary arts, particularly the art of poetry.  For more information, email Susan Miller at


The Writers Guild at Bloomington

Bloomington Poetry Slam
Tuesday, September 30  8:00PM
The Bishop
123 S Walnut Street, Bloomington, IN
Hosted by Michael Mlekoday and Ciara Miller
Featuring Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Fountain Square Poetry Series
Featuring: poets Michelle Deschenes, Jessica Franck, Tom Hastings,
and Danni Quintos, with guest musician Tim O’Malley
Friday, October 3, 2014
5:30-7:30 pm

In Fountain Square Mall atrium
101 W. Kirkwood Ave.

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Wednesday, October 1,    5pm – 7pm

Written by poet and author Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz and based on 15 years of research and illustrated with dozens of historical (and exclusive) photographs, DR. MÜTTER’S MARVELS: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine (Gotham; September 4, 2014) delves deep into the life of a man who was truly ahead of his time.

David Hoppe author reading
Saturday, October 4,  3:00pm – 4:30pm
David Hoppe has been in an arts leadership position in Indianapolis for two decades, heading up the Arts Council, being first chairman of the literary festival which brought Kurt Vonnegut back to Indianapolis (at which time he became a friend of Vonnegut’s), teaching in the Hoosier capital and writing weekly city analysis columns for NUVO newspaper. His new book Personal Indianapolis: Thirteen Years of Observing, Exhorting and Satirizing the Hoosier Capital reflects the rich variety of his experience and civic concerns. The essays are pithy, incisive and sometimes humorous as they range through a variety of Indy topics: unban improvement for the city, development based on sports, (he’s for it and he’s against it); the delay over mass transit, squabbles over banned books of all persuasions, art movies which baffle him, the power of dogs for lifting our spirits; the joy of living in Broad Ripple neighborhood and “art food.” His frustration with baby boomer crassness (he’s one of them) and the Cubs’ woeful fortunes, which “rise with the crocuses each spring” show the gentle vein of self deprecating humor which mark these distinctive essays. These provocative columns, now gathered into a book will serve in the fall of 2014 as a focus for issues workshops at places like the Vonnegut Museum, Indianapolis Marion County Public Library and the Civil Liberties Union. His previous books are Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest from IU Press and Where We Live: Essays about Indiana, IHS Press

Bartholomew County Library
Seasons of Sharing – Poetry Reading
Monday, October 6, 6:30 p.m., Red Room

In the book Seasons of Sharing six global partners create poetry that is immediate, intimate, and modern, in an ancient poetic form. While exploring the richness of seasons, the book metaphorically visits incidents such as the Arab Spring, climate change, and urban violence.  Joyce Brinkman, one of the partners and former Indiana Poet Laureate, joins us for a reading of some of the poems from the book and will share thoughts about collaboration.
536 Fifth Street
Columbus, IN 47201

9 S. Johsonson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Bill Polian book signing
Monday, Oct. 6, @ 6:00 pm
Bill Polian, former executive with the Indianapolis Colts, Buffalo Bills and the Carolina Panthers, will be signing his new book, The Game Plan: The Art of Building a Winning Football Team.

Poet Marcus Wicker
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. Wicker’s awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, and many other magazines. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review. He serves as director of the New Harmony Writers Workshop.

The awards ceremony for the 2014 IUPUI Poetry Contest precedes Mr. Wicker’s reading.

Notre Dame Creative Writing
Paul Pines [PLS event]
October 8   7:30 p.m.
Hammes Bookstore


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group
Monday, October 13
6:00-7:30 pm
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!


Written by Indiana Writers Center — September 03, 2014

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