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

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series
Butler University
Due to illness, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Louise Glück has canceled her Visiting Writers Series appearance tonight!

Natural history essayist David Gessner
April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Clowes Memorial Hall Krannert Room
All events in the series are free and open to the public without tickets. For more information, call 317-940-9861.

Internationally renowned theologian Matthew Fox and Poet Norbert Krapf
March 26 at  7 pm
Fairfield Friends Meeting in Camby, Indiana
(two miles south of the Indy Airport)
Will give a joint presentation on Catholic Boy Blues, for which he wrote a great introduction placing the poems in the context of Krapf's entire work and his Creation Spirituality.  Matt will talk about the poems, Norbert will read and back himself on guitar for a few poems, there will be discussion, a book signing for both, and a reception with food. Other details are below, if you follow the link to Matthew’s website. Some videoing will be done for the PBS documentary by Susanne Schwibs that has been in progress on CBB for over two years. Thanks to co-pastors Phil Gulley, Jennifer Silvers, and their vibrant Quaker community for hosting them..

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Christina Abt Book Signing
March 27th  6pm

She began writing her first novel, Crown Hill, following a series of circumstances that revealed a special connection that she shared with her home.

Writers Guild at Bloomington
a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Friday, March 27   7–9 p.m.
Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third St, Bloomington, IN
Featuring poets Alex Chambers and Ben Debus
Music performed by Tim Baker and Eric Rensberger
Free and open to the public

9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Saturday, March 28  3:00 pm
on the main floor
Katherine Clark book launch
Ms. Clark will be signing and discussing her latest book, Under the Irish Sky.  She will also have copies of Soundless Silence, her new Sherlock Holmes mystery.

Nancy Pulley Reading

Monday, March 30th at 7:00 PM at the Hotel Indigo (400 Brown St, Columbus, IN 47201). Matthew Jackson, local poet, will be the MC. Members of the Scribblers writing group will read poems from the book.  Then, Nancy will read. Following intermission, there will be an open mic.  Poets from the area are encouraged to bring their work and read at this time.  Since most of the poems are set in the 1950s, it will be a 50s night.  Feel free to wear senior cords, poodle skirts or other 50s attire. 

Poetry on Brick Street
Present Indiana’s current state Poet Laureate, George Kalamaras
Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m.

SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville

Kalamaras will read his work, followed by a brief intermission and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.

Kalamaras is a Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne , a post he has held since 1990. He holds a Doctorate in English from State University of New York at Albany and a Master’s in English from Colorado State University.
Kalamaras has been widely published, with more than 800 of his poems in magazines and anthologies around the globe. He also has published 14 volumes of poetry, seven of which are chapbooks and seven full-length books of poetry. His most recent book is “The Hermit’s Way of Being Human.” He has also published a scholarly book and has been published in numerous academic journals. His work has earned him several grants and poetry awards, among them the Elixir Press Poetry Contest, the C&R Press Open Competition, a Creative Writing Poetry Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two separate Individual Artist Fellowship Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission.  In 1994, Kalamaras received an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship (from the Fulbright Foundation and the Indo-U.S. Subcommission on Education and Culture) to conduct research in India, with joint affiliations at Banaras Hindu University and Deccan College.

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 poetry events. 


Kellogg Writers Series
Poet Alice Friman Reading
April 1   7:30-9pm
Location: Lilly Hall 210
Former UIndy faculty member Alice Friman’s sixth full-length collection of poetry is The View from Saturn, LSU. Her previous book is Vinculum for which she won the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award in Poetry. She is a recipient of a 2012 Pushcart Prize and is included in Best American Poetry 2009. Other books include The Book of the Rotten Daughter and Zoo which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize from The New England Poetry Club and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award from Truman State University. Her work appears in The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Boulevard, The Southern Review, and many others. Friman is professor emerita of English and creative writing at the University of Indianapolis. Now she lives in Milledgeville, Georgia, where she is Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. Her podcast series Ask Alice is sponsored by the Georgia College MFA program and can be seen on You Tube. Her campus visit is also part of the University Series.
For more information, contact:


Purdue Visiting Writers Series

Alice Friman
Thursday April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series

Writer Michelle Herman
Thursday, April 2, 7:30 pm
University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan St
Michelle Herman‘s newest books are Like A Song, a collection of personal essays, and A Girl’s Guide to Life, her first book for children. She is the author of two previous collections of essays  —  Stories We Tell Ourselves and The Middle of Everything — the novels Missing and Dog, and the collection of novellas A New and Glorious Life. A new novel, Devotion, is due in 2016.

Poetry in Free Motion Project on Display at the Artsgarden
Nearly 30 poems and art quilts will take center stage April 6-29 at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Washington and Illinois streets.
The exhibit, Poetry in Free Motion, celebrates a creative collaboration of central Indiana quilters and poets. The project, which began in 2010, matched one quilter with one poet. Each art quilt has either inspired a poem or was, in turn, inspired by a poem.
Each Monday, the following poets will read, beginning at 12:15 p.m.:

    April 6: Joyce Brinkman, the late Betty Moebs (read by Michele Mateja) and John Sherman.
    April 13: Barry Harris and Elizabeth Krajeck.
    April 20: Jayne Marek, Lylanne Musselman and Mary Sexson.
    April 27: Mary Place Godsey, Saundrajo Holiday and Shari Wagner.

The exhibit and readings are free to the public during Artsgarden hours, Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
Poetry in Free Motion is sponsored by Brick Street Poetry Inc. and the Quilt Connection Guild.
For more information, contact Mary Hawn at (317) 362-4875, or John Hawn at (317) 938-7026.

Reading and writing workshop/Hancock County Public Library
With Liza Hyatt
April 8, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30pm

As part of National Poetry Month, Liza Hyatt reads from her work "The Mother Poems," followed by a free writing workshop.After watching her angry mother cross a parking lot with a walker, Hyatt began composing one poem followed by another. Her work accumulated into a book-length memoir of their lifelong engagement in love and battle. Despite conflicts, this mother and daughter remained bonded through a mutual love of writing, a testament to the healing and forgiveness that writing about relationships gives when we dig deep and speak openly about our lives.A workshop follows the reading for those who want to stay and write about their own parents. Hyatt will provide paper. Participants can bring a personal journal if it will help with their reflections. Journals will not be read aloud.

Stage fright or not, Open Mic Cabaret is your chance to shine!

Open to musicians, songwriters, performance artists, poets, actors, dancers, comics—you name it!  Don’t be shy! Grab your 15 minutes of fame every Thursday night from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.
First come, first serve. Sign-up sheet on premises. (NO phone or email registration please.) Must be present to take center stage and ROCK OUR WORLD!

Hosted by Actor/Musician/Songwriter dwBrykalski (

Salt Creek Brewery at the Depot, 301 N.Morton St., Bloomington (corner of 7th/Morton St.). 812-332-3376

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, April 12
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 — March 03, 2015

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