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
January 27, 2015  6:30 - 8:30
Lawrence Art Center
4437 N. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis 46226

Featured Poet-Lisa Devon
Our monthly featured poet/open mike series happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month we are meeting on January 27th.  Our featured poet will be Lisa Devon, spoken word artist and author of Gems from the Bargain Bin.  Following Lisa's reading, we will have an open mic reading, so bring your own work to share.  Please come support these local poets, and bring your own poetry to share during the open mike.
Lisa Devon is a suburban Mom who uses poetry to express her frustrations with the world.  With topics ranging from politics to parenting, no one is spared her ire. Luckily for the listener, the madder she gets, the funnier it is. Lisa’s work is heavily influenced by Dr. Seuss, with word play sandwiched between rhythm and rhyme. Her unexpected voice and impassioned delivery offer a fun and fresh perspective on the issues we all face. Lisa has performed at various venues around Indianapolis and in other cities. Her first book, Gems from the Bargain Bin, was recently released by Chatter House Press.

The Binding of Issac
Please join us January 28th at Christian Theological Seminary Shelton Auditorium for the culminating event of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Fall 2014 artist group!

A reception at 6:00pm will begin the evening with visual work: 
Casey Eskridge, KC Ferrill, Sofiya Inger, Bruce Loewenthal, Kyle Ragsdale

At 6:30pm, the program will begin including compositions and performances by:
Jean Arnold, Gabrielle Cerberville, Anthony Elia, Heidi Fledderjohn, Gail Payne, Wendy Vergoz, Shelly White Wood and Roger Roe

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202 

Reading with Sumi Mukherjee

January 28,   5:30pm – 7:00pm
Author and Speaker Sumi Mukherjee published his first book titled “A Life Interrupted – the story of my battle with bullying and obsessive compulsive disorder” in July 2011. His second book published in July 2014, is titled “Father Figure – my mission to prevent child sexual abuse”. Since October 2011, Sumi has been working on taking his messages to hundreds of people around the country so others can benefit from his stories.

9 .S. Johnson Ave.

Peter J. Welling book signing
Saturday, Jan. 31, @ 2:00 pm      
Learn all about Groundhog Day as Peter Welling reads from his new book, Andrew McGroundhog and his Shady Shadow.  Signature in Irvington will provide their special Groundhog Cookies and Groundhog Tea.  Books will be available for purchase.  Reservations are requested but not required –

Writers Guild at Bloomington



Sunday, February 1   3:00 to 5:00pm
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Stephanie Haines writes humorous non-fiction in the form of personal narrative.  Stephanie Haines has tackled subjects such as moving, dating, and family gatherings.  She says she doesn’t write fiction because she doesn’t have to, given the colorful characters in her life.  Her hobby is grousing about inaccurate movie adaptations of Jane Austen novels.  Stephanie can be found at:

Eric Zobel is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His research interests include experimental theatre and film, art as Eric Zobelsocial action, and avant-garde performance.  He will be presenting a prose piece for multiple voices, “Adventures in Indifferenceland”,  Readers: Tony Brewer, Joan Hawkins, Patsy Rahn, Eric Zobel
Free, and open to the public. Free parking on Sunday.


Poetry on Brick Street
Will present poet Nancy Pulley as its guest poet
Thursday, February 5   6:30 pm
SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville, IN
The event is free and open to the public. An open mic will follow the reading.
Nancy Pulley is a graduate of Indiana Central College—now the University of Indianapolis.  Her poems have appeared in The Flying Island, Arts Indiana Literary Supplement, Passages North, Plainsong, The Sycamore Review, Humpback Barn Collection, A Linen Weave of Themes, and The Tipton Poetry Journal, as well as other journals and publications.  She was a recent recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant in Poetry.  Nancy has published two previous chapbooks.  In 2014, her first full length poetry book, Warren Avenue, was published by Chatterhouse Press.

Poetry on Brick Street is a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit that publishes The Tipton Poetry Journal  and hosts this monthly reading series as well as other poetry-related events throughout central Indiana. Find us on Facebook at: or visit our website at

Kellogg Writers Series

Katie Coyle
Fiction Writer Katie Coyle Reading
Thursday, February 5 @  7:30pm
Schwitzer Student Center 010

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series
Butler University
Maurice Manning
Pulitzer Prize Finalist Poetry
Wednesday, February 10  @ 7:30 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room

Notre Dame Creative Writing Series
Lynne Tillman Reading
February 11, 2015
at 7:30 PM
Eck Center Auditorium

Ball State University
In Print Festival
The annual In Print Festival of First Books includes readings, discussions, and classroom visits with authors who have recently published their first books. The two-day event typically features three emerging authors and an editor or publisher.  The In Print Festival also marks the release of The Broken Plate, which features pieces by the guest authors as well as interviews with them conducted by The Broken Plate staff.

In Print Reading: Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 p.m.
In Print Panel: Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 p.m.

Student Center Ballroom

2015 Authors:
Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You (Penguin Press). Her stories and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, Five Chapters, Gulf Coast, the Bellevue Literary Review, The Millions, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere, and she has been awarded the Pushcart Prize, the Hopwood Award, and a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan) and has taught writing at the University of Michigan and Grub Street in Boston. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Tyler Gobble is the editor-in-chief of NOÖ Journal, chapbook editor for Magic Helicopter Press, and host of Everything Is Bigger, a reading series in Austin, TX. He has plopped out some chapbooks, most recently Collected Feelings, with Layne Ransom (Forklift INK), and his first full length poetry collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, is out now from Coconut Books. He’s currently a poetry fellow at the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. He likes disc golf, tank tops, and bacon.

Kerry Howley’s essays, reviews, and reportage have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, Gulf Coast,, and frequently in Bookforum. Her short story “Pretty Citadel” was published in The Paris Review in Fall of 2011. She holds an MFA from the University of Iowa, where she was admitted as an Arts Fellow and subsequently served as the 2012 Provost’s Visiting Writer in Nonfiction. Thrown, her book-length essay, is an account of three years spent in the company of mixed martial artists, narrated from the perspective of an excitable, semi-fictionalized graduate student named Kit.
Howley teaches creative writing at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she resides with a husband, son, and vizsla.
2015 Editor:

Jodee Stanley is Director of the Creative Writing Program and Editor of Ninth Letter at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her fiction, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Mississippi Review, Crab Orchard Review, 580 Split, Cincinnati Review, Future Fire, BkMk Quarterly, The Smoking Poet, and elsewhere, and have received special mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and the Pushcart Prize anthologies.

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, February 9

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 — January 06, 2015

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