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


Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, November 25   6:30-8:30 pm
Lawrence Art Centeron Indy's east side
4437 N. Franklin Rd., 46226 (

Our featured poet will be Elizabeth Weber, author of Small Mercies, The Burning House, and Porthole Views of the World.  Following Elizabeth's reading, we will have an open mic reading, so bring your own work to share.

Elizabeth Weber has published three books of poetry, Small Mercies, The Burning House, and Porthole Views of the World: Watercolors and Poems (in collaboration with watercolorist Hazel Stoeckeler). Her poems have appeared in The Florida Review, The Graham House Review, and Calyx, among others. One of her poems, “City Generation,” was chosen to be part of Indianapolis’ Cultural Trail. She teaches creative writing at the University of Indianapolis where she also directs the Kellogg Writers Series.

READ LOCAL series @ Irvington Library
5625 E.Washington St, Indianapolis 46219 
David Hoppe
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
6:30 pm

Meet notable local authors who will discuss their works and answer audience questions in a panel format. Book sales and signings will follow. Books will be provided by Bookmamas Book Shop. This evening's featured author is David Hoppe who will discuss his new book, "Personal Indianapolis: Thirteen Years of Observing, Exhorting, and Satirizing the Hoosier Capital."   

Youth Open Mic Event
Presented by Mr Blair's ON YOUR LEVEL YOUTH PROJECT   
Tuesday, November 25, 2014    3:15 - 5:15PM
Pike Public Library, Community Meeting Room  
6525 Zionsville Rd. Indianapolis, IN  46268

9 S Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, 46219

Small Business Saturday
Saturday, Nov. 29, 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Barb Shoup will be our guest author-bookseller from 10 am-4 pm. She will be available to help select books and to sign her books including her latest, Looking for Jack Kerouac.  At 1:00 pm, authors Ian Woolen (Uncle Anton’s Atomic Bomb) and Sherri Wood Emmons (The Seventh Mother) will be signing their respective books.


Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Tami Boehmer Author Signing & Talk

Sunday, November 30,     2pm – 3pm
Book Signing and Talk: What do people who beat the odds have in common? Author, blogger and stage IV breast cancer survivor Tami Boehmer will share her story and what she has learned from interviewing dozens of stage IV cancer survivors. The presentation will also feature Krysti Hughett, an Indianapolis resident who is among 24 people who share their stories in Boehmer’s book, Miracle Survivors: Beating the Odds of Incurable Cancer. Look here for the local NBC interview with Boehmer:

Writers Guild at Bloomington

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Sunday, November 30    3:00 to 4:30
Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center
Guest Readers: Tony Brewer & Erin Livingston

Come early to sign up for OPEN MIC

Poetry on Brick Street

Presenting Zionsville poet, Donna Monday
Thursday, December 4 @ 6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, Zionsville, IN.
The event is free and open to the public.
Monday writes poetry for children, so bring the kids. An open mic will follow the reading.

Donna Monday has been writing poetry since the tender age of 12, when she penned a poem published in her local paper,  the Greenfield Reporter.  Her dad carried that dog-eared poem in his wallet for decades. "I guess that got me hooked on both poetry and newspapers,"  she says.  "That and the fact that my hometown was the birthplace of Hoosier Poet James Whitcomb Riley.  I always thought the way to get rich and famous was to become a poet. "  Not so, she has since learned.
Nonetheless, Monday continues to write poetry and especially enjoys writing and reading children's poetry.  She is the author of Dancing in the Alley, a collection of her poetry.  She holds a B.A. Degree from Hanover College with graduate work at Butler University and Indiana Wesleyan, and has taught elementary school.
Years ago she edited a local Zionsville newspaper and, in addition to writing the news, obituaries, sports and features, she wrote a popular humor column entitled "Monday Madness."  She says those columns brought her real joy.   "One of my greatest thrills," she says, "was finding my column on people's refrigerators.  That's personal space in everyone's house, and I was humbled to be included there."
In addition to being a poet, a newspaperwoman, and a former fifth-grade teacher,  Monday was an award-winning car/truck salesperson in Zionsville.  She recently retired from Pearson Ford after more than 20 years.  She now writes a column for the Current , a local weekly.  In addition to writing, she loves spending time with her two children and six grandchildren and her many treasured friends.    


Indiana History Center
450 West Ohio St, Indianapolis, 46202

Holiday Author Fair
Dec. 6, 2014     Noon to 4 p.m.

Eli Lilly Hall, History Center

It's our favorite event of the year – Holiday Author Fair!
Meet more than 70 authors at a fun-filled day of mingling and book signing. This year, meet basketball legend Bobby "Slick" Leonard, bestselling author Philip Gulley and the Chicks on the Right.
Download the brochure with listing of authors and titles here.
The order form is available here.

Free admission includes the Indiana Experience.



Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, December 8
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 — November 04, 2014

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