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

Jonathan Franzen
National Book Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-finalist Author
October 28, 2014   7:30 pm
Clowes Memorial Hall
Books: "The Corrections" "Freedom" "How to be Alone" "Farther Away" "The Kraus Project"

Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, October 28    6:30-8:30 pm
Lawrence Art Center (
4437 N. Franklin Rd, 46226
Featured Poet, Jayne Marek
Jayne Marek’s poems have appeared in anthologies and reviews such as Lantern Journal, Siren, Spillway, Driftwood Bay, Tipton Poetry Journal, Isthmus, and Windless Orchard and And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana. She is author of a chapbook Imposition of Form on the Natural World (Finishing Line) and co-author of Company of Women:  New and Selected Poems (Chatter House), with Lylanne Musselman and Mary Sexson.  Her one-act play Katherine and Virginia, which characterizes the friendship between authors Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf, has been performed in New York City and Indiana.  Most recently, she provided cover art and interior art photos for The Bend #11 (University of Notre Dame).

READ LOCAL series @ Irvington Library

5625 E.Washington St, Indianapolis 46219 
Jonathan Eller book signing
Tuesday, Oct. 28, @ 6:30 pm
Prof. Eller will be signing his book, Ray Bradbury Unbound, the second part of his three volume Bradbury biography.



The Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts at the JCC Indy is one of our most exciting annual programs. Each year we invite national and international authors and artists to help us celebrate literature, art and culture with guest lectures, interactive discussions, book signings and more. To purchase tickets or to RSVP for free events go here:

Notre Dame Creative Writing
Jenny Boully

Wednesday, October 29 at 7:30 PM
Eck Center Auditorium
Jenny Boully (born 1976) is the author of four books, most recently Not Merely Because of the Unknown that Was Stalking Toward Them (Tarpaulin Sky Press), a “deliciously creepy” swan song from Wendy Darling to Peter Pan. Her other books include The Book of Beginnings and Endings (Sarabande Books), [one love affair]* (Tarpaulin Sky Press), and The Body: An Essay (Essay Press, first published by Slope Editions). Her chapbook of prose, Moveable Types, was released by Noemi Press. Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry, The Next American Essay, Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, and other places.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series/IUPUI

Poet Marianne Boruch
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Emerson Hall Anatomy Lecture Hall
545 Barnhill Drive
Marianne Boruch is the author of eight full-length collections of poetry, including Cadaver, Speak (2014), The Book of Hours (2011); Grace, Fallen from (2008); and Poems: New & Selected (2004) She has also published two books of essays on poetry, In the Blue Pharmacy: Essays on Poetry and Other Transformations (2005) and Poetry’s Old Air (1995), as well as the memoir The Glimpse Traveler (2011). Her poems and essays have been published in such places as The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry London, Iowa Review, The Georgia Review, APR, and Poetry, and have been anthologized in The Best American Poetry (2009, 2007); Boomer Girls; Poets of the New Century; Poets Reading: The Field Symposia; American Alphabets; Poetry 180, and elsewhere. Her awards include two Pushcart Prizes, the Terrence DePres Award from Parnassus, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Ragdale, The American Academy in Rome, and The Anderson Center in Red Wing, MN. Ms. Boruch teaches at Purdue University, where she directed the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing from 1987 until 2005.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington

First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic

presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Sunday, Nov. 2   3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books, Bloomington

Guest Readers: Lana Spendl, Alexandria Barkmeier, Katie Moulton


Purdue University Visiting Writers Series
Eileen Pollack, Fiction Reading
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Kellogg Writers Series
Jeffrey Condran, Fiction Writer
Wednesday, November 5     7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Schwitzer Student Center - 010

Jeffrey Condran is the author of Prague Summer (Counterpoint, 2014), a debut novel that has been called “tense and atmospheric,” as well as the story collection A Fingerprint Repeated. (Press 53, 2013). His work has been honored with several awards, including The Missouri Review’s William Peden Prize and Pushcart Prize nominations. He lives in Pittsburgh, where he is a co-founder of the independent literary press Braddock Avenue Books.

Please contact Elizabeth Weber with any questions. 317-788-3373
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DePauw Visiting Writers Series
Novelist and Nonfiction Writer Jess Walter
Wednesday, November 5     7:30 pm
Green Center for the Performing Arts; Thompson Recital HallA former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the author of six novels and one nonfiction book. His work has been translated into 28 languages, and his essays, short fiction, criticism and journalism have been widely published, in Best American Short Stories, Best American Nonrequired Reading, Harper's, Esquire, McSweeney's, Byliner, Playboy, ESPN the Magazine, Details and many others.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

John F. Buckley Poetry Reading, "Yankee Broadcast Network"
Wednesday, November 5, 5:30–7:00pm
A recent graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, John F. Buckley has been writing poetry since March 2009.  His publications include various poems, two chapbooks, the collection Sky Sandwiches, and with Martin Ott, Poets’ Guide to America and Yankee Broadcast Network. His website is

Wednesday, November 12, 6:30–8:30pm  (at Indy Reads)

The Downtown Writers Jam, Volume II, hosted by The Geeky Press, is an storytelling and literary extravaganza. We’ll choose six writers and give them 10 minutes to tell a story from a piece they’ve either completed or published. There will be no podium, no reading, and no silent audience. Just a writer cast out amongst the crowd. To find out more about the group, click here.

Poetry on Brick Street
Presents former Virginia Poet Laureate, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda
Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 pm
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, Zionsville,
The event is free and open to the public.
An open mic will follow Kreiter-Foronda's reading.
Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda served as Virginia's Poet Laureate from 2006-2008.  She is also a painter, sculptor and educator. In 1969, she graduated from Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) with a BA in English. She holds two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from George Mason University, where she received the first doctorate presented by the school.
Carolyn has published six books, Contrary Visions, Gathering Light, Death Comes Riding, Greatest Hits, River Country, and The Embrace: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.   In addition, she is co-editor of In a Certain Place, an anthology, and Four Virginia Poets Laureate: A Teaching Guide.

Good News for People Who Like Weird Readings
Friday, November 7     7-9 pm
Wheeler Arts Community Center in Fountain Square
1035 Sanders Street, Indianapolis 46203
 The students of University of Indianapolis Fiction writing class are hosting  a reading by Indiana authors and UIndy student writers on November 7, 2014.  Those reading will be Christopher Newgent, Jourdan Smoot, and Wade Theil.  
The event is free to the public.

A Poetic Journey Through Urban America
A Spirit and Place Event
Presented by Brick Street Poetry Inc. and DePauw University's Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics
Saturday, November 8 

Coleman Barks
The program will feature readings from the poetry anthology, Urban Voices: 51 Poems from 51 Poets, which explores the relationship between the city and the poet. The keynote speaker for the event is internationally-known poet and Rumi translator, Coleman Barks,who is one of the poets featured in the anthology. Former Indiana Poet Laureate, Joyce Brinkman, and former Virginia Poet Laureate, Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, edited the anthology.
The readings and keynote speech are free, but online registration is required.  Lunch with the poets is $10 and must be ordered through online registration. Registration can be accessed from Brick Street Poetry's website:  DePauw's Janet Prindle Institute is located at 2961 W. County Road 225 S., Greencastle, IN.
Click here  for all the details.

Light, Living, Laughter, and Hope
Saturday, November 08   7:00-9:00 PM
at Christian Theological Seminary
Shelton Auditorium, 1000 W. 42nd St, Indianapolis 46208
A Spirit and Place Event
Carrie Newcomer and Sandy Sasso
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Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer and Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso weave stories and songs together to affirm the common thread of our shared experience and to illuminate the presence of the sacred throughout life’s journey.
Sassos's stories for children are poignant, powerful, and ask all the right questions. Newcomer's songs are thoughtful, poetic, good-naturedly humorous, and grounded in a traditions of honoring the presence of the sacred in our daily lives. This collaboration of life-affirming stories and songs will be an evening to remember.

Cost: $20 General Public/$15 students & retirees
Presented by Christian Theological Seminary; Butler University, Center for Faith and Vocation; Congregation Beth-El Zedeck; Indiana Writers Center; and Storytelling Arts of Indiana. 317-931-4224 or
Click here to view the poster.
Go here to Register.


Visiting Writers Series-Ball State University
Michael Poore
Wednesday, November 12   7:30pm
Bracken Library room 104

Author Michael Poore will on campus to read from his novel, Up Jumps the Devil.  Following his presentation he will be available for a brief time of Q & A and book signing. The event is free and open to the public.

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, November 10
6:00-7:30 pm

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 — October 07, 2014

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