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, February 24, 2015  6:30 - 8:30
Lawrence Art Center
4437 N. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis 46226

All open mic night
This month in place of a featured poet, this evening will be all open mic. Bring poems by your favorite poets, those who first inspired you, or those whose work most influenced you in recent months. Also, bring your own poems to share as well.

The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 3: Jam & Juice
A literary + fundraising extravaganza Jam & Juice, hosted by The Geeky Press + the Indy Literary Pub Crawl. This program is a special fundraising event for Indy Reads, a nonprofit that “serves adults 18 years of age and older in Central Indiana who struggle with reading and writing, or who are learning English as a new language.”

The Jam (The Downtown Writers Jam, Vol. 3)
A 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. (Read about the Jam’s history, and see the Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 recaps.)

Vol.3 Writers: Jam

The Juice (Literary Libations with Indy Literary Pub Crawl)
A one-room, fundraising Pub Crawl that takes place at the Indy Fringe Theater, which will include local beer and wine, music, readings, and a silent auction.

The Writers: Juice
Along with libations, swag, and an amazing silent auction, we’ll have a handful of authors doing short 5-minute readings from their favorite works.

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Notre Dame Creative Writing Series

Emily Grecki
Feb 25 2015 @ 7:30 pm

Hammes bookstore

Kellogg Writers Series

Whirling Prize Winners Teresa Milbrodt & Michael Meyerhofer
Thursday, February 26   @ 7:30 pm
Schwitzer Student Center


Writers Guild at Bloomington

Poetry SLAM Night
Hosted by Ciara Miller & Michael Mlekoday

Friday, Feb. 27   8:00 pm
The Bishop  123 S. Walnut

Tunes by DJ Good Peoples Featuring Anna Binkovitz
To compete contact Ciara or Michael:
Must be 18 or older with ID/$5 at the door

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
Presented by the Writers Guild
Sunday, March 1   3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St
Guest Readers: Amy Cornell, Tonia Matthew, and Gabriel Peoples
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Purdue Visiting Writers Series
© Bradley S. Pines
Bonnie Jo Campbell Fiction Reading
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

Krannert Auditorium, Room 140


Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series
Butler University

Lois Lowry
Newbery Medal Winning Children's Author
March 4    7:30 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall

*Tickets required.  Free tickets available at Clowes Hall box office and (fees apply). Group tickets available by emailing Shannon Rezek at

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit

Poetry on Brick Street
Presenting guest poet Tracy Mishkin
Tracy Mishkin
Thursday, March 5  6:30 p.m.
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.

Tracy Mishkin is a career immigrant. Born in academia, she taught at Georgia College & State University and published two books on African-American literature, then disappeared, resurfacing in the land of non-profits with the Bureau of Jewish Education in Indianapolis. Three years later, she was spotted across the border working retail at the Uniform House, before she immigrated to the corporate world, where she resolves insurance problems and trains new reps at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. She is working on an MFA in Creative Writing at Butler University on the one course per semester plan.

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

Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series
Novelist Emily Gray Tedrowe
Thursday, March 5  @  7:30 pm
University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

38th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture
Will present best-selling novelist Khaled Hosseini
Friday, March 6th at 7 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University.

All tickets for the McFadden Lecture with Khaled Hosseini have been distributed. Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event, open seats will be released to patrons in line without tickets. Any line formed prior to 6:30 p.m. will not be honored. Any available seats will be released on a first-come, first-served basis.

This moderated discussion with Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully will feature the Afghan-American author discussing his popular works which include The Kite Runner (published in 2003), A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007), and And the Mountains Echoed (2013).

This event is made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
Book sales and signings will follow the Lecture.
Call 275-4090 for more information about this free Library program

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and Women's Fund of Central Indiana
Invite you to the exclusive book launch of Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree
Rabbi-Sandy-SassoAnne Frank and the Remembering Tree
Featuring special guest, author Rabbi Sandy Sasso
Please join us on Saturday, March 14, from 6:30 - 8:30p.m. for an extraordinary evening celebrating the legacy of Anne Frank. Created for children and families,the event will include an exclusive reading by author Sandy
, performances in The Power of Children: Making a Difference gallery,and special activities facilitated by Women's Fund GO students.  Family-friendly hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks included. Beer and wine available for adults.
$20 Children/$30 Adults  Go here to register.

Special thanks to Lori Efroymson and the Efroymson Family Foundation for their generous support,which made this book possible,and for their vision for a better future for all of our children.
Learn more about Anne Frank and the Remembering Tree. This event is most appropriate for children ages 6-12.

Depauw University-Visiting Writers Series
Fiction Writer, Mary Gaitskill
Wednesday, March 18 @ 7:30 pm
Peeler 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.


Indiana Romance Writers of America Presents
Saturday, April 18, 2015   8:00am-3:00pm
NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author
Lani Diane Rich

Story expert & award-winning podcaster
Alastair Stephens of StoryWonk
The Propylaeum

1410 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis
Visit for more details!


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, March 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 — February 03, 2015

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