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

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 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.

Purdue University Visiting Writers Series
In Conjunction with the 2015 Literary Awards celebration
Roz Chast Reading
April 15, 8:00 pm

Loeb Playhouse, Stewart Center.
Free and open to the public.

Roz Chast is a brilliant storyteller, whose distinctive drawing style, fascination with the quotidian, and wry humor in the face of human foibles come together in the fine art of cartooning.  Chast is best known for her cartoons that have been published regularly in the New Yorker since 1978.

Depauw University Visiting Writers

Poet, Natalie Shapero
Wednesday, April 15   7:30 pm
Peeler Auditorium


Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series

Poet Dana Roeser
Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.

University Library Lilly Auditorium
755 West Michigan Street

Named by Library Journal as one of "Thirty Amazing Poetry Titles for Spring 2014," Dana Roeser’s third book, The Theme of Tonight’s Party Has Been Changed, was published in March 2014 by the University of Massachusetts Press as winner of the Juniper Prize. Ms. Roeser is also the author of In the Truth Room (2008, University Press of New England/Northeastern Univ. Press) and Beautiful Motion (2004, UPNE/Northeastern University Press), both winners of the Samuel French Morse Poetry Prize. She received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2007. Recent work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Green Mountains Review, The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Sou’wester, Laurel Review, Southern Review, Verdad, Pleiades, Privacy Policy:The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics, and others. She has taught in the graduate MFA in Poetry programs at both Purdue and Butler Universities

April 17 - April 18, 2015
IndyFringe and the Indiana Writers Center have put together an emerging playwrights' showcase featuring ten-minute plays by exciting new playwrights who have been honing their craft at the Indiana Writers Center and presented by your favorite local theatre companies. The themes are as wide-ranging as the playwrights themselves and run from ribald comedy to heart-stopping pathos, and everything in between.

Featuring The Animal in the Pit by Andrew Black(IWC Faculty), Sweet Virginia by Enid Cokinos, Ledge by Jerry Holt, Stop Crying by Louis Janeira, Big Hunger by Stacey Katz, Snatch and Release by Elise Lockwood, and Ripe Plums Are Falling by Stacy Post.  Click here to download the flyer with all the details.
Thank you to Betty Rage Theatre Company, Casey Ross Productions, Defiance Comedy, Khaos Company Theatre, and Wisdom Tooth Theatre Project for participating as the producing theatre companies!

The Short Play Festival is two nights only – April 17th and 18th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $10 and can be bought at or by phone at 317-224-6726. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Diana Hadley Book Event
Friday, April 17, 7pm – 9pm

Join Diana Hadley as she discusses the book she co-authored, "The Peace Class." Diana says, "The book came from a feeling that the instructional resources, activities, and experiences from a class about nonviolence should be shared with others. The dream of "the Peace Class" -- people how could transform the world to practice peaceful conflict resolution -- evolved from observing and absorbing the power of nonviolence from the study of successful peace initiative sand the people who have led them."
Learn more at:

Helmut Haberkamm, German (Franconian) dialect poet and playwright will give a talk about dialect poetry and read his dialect poems on Saturday the 18th at 2:00 at the Visitor’s Center of the Riley Memorial Home. Norbert Krapf, whose ancestors lived in Franconia, will read Helmut’s poems in English translation done by Scottish poet Donal Mc Laughlin (Glasgow).
James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
528 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Free Admission

9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Friday, April 17,  7:00-9:00 pm

Brad LaMar book signing

Brad will be discussing and signing his latest book, The Dominion Pulse, the third installment of his Celtic Mythos series.

Sunday, April 19, from 1:00-3:00 pm

Religious Panel of Authors

Julie Young, author of A Belief in Providence:  A Life of St. Theodore Guerin and Idiot’s Guide to Catholicism

Dr. Jimmy R. Watson, Pastor of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Cumberland author of Big Jesus:  A Pastor’s Struggle with Christology

Wilma Linhart, author of Dancing on the Dumpster, a memoir of her growing up in the Amish community, her subsequent departure and discovery of a new life.

& an additional signing~~~~
Although not a part of the panel,  Dwight Ritter will be here at the same time signing and discussing his new book, Growin’ Up White about being white and growing up in an African-American neighborhood in Indianapolis.  He will also be appearing at the Christamore Book Event.

Indiana Romance Writers of America Presents
Saturday, April 18, 2015   8:00am-3:00pm
Featuring 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!

Outspoken & Out-open at the Butler ArtsFest
Presented by the Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice
Sunday, April 19th, 5:00p.m.

Schrott Center for Performing Arts

DTC is hosting A Night of Spoken Word and Poetry. Join the DTC as we feature spoken word artists from the Jewish, Muslim, Christian, African American, Latin, and many other faiths, ethnicities, and orientations give the performance of their lives.

There are many ways to raise awareness of issues relating to those coming from minority groups, but one of the most creative and powerful is through spoken word presentations. Not only is spoken word an art making it a fit for the Butler ArtsFest, it is also an incredibly powerful tool for communicating ideas and viewpoints in a way that is actually heard, and therefore received, by those listening, which is ultimately the goal of all communication. This event will appeal to many different groups, and therefore bring together communities who may not ordinarily be exposed to the views of those outside their belief system. Join the
DTC as we feature spoken word artists from different faith backgrounds, ethnic
communities, and orientations.   Click here to see the postcard for the event.

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


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, April 26
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!
The front parking area of the library will be closed as crews demolish and repave our parking lot and repair/replace our sidewalks. The Meridian Street entrance will be closed. Patrons may enter through the Madison Street entrance and park on the Madison Street (west) side of the building. The sidewalk and front entrance will remain open during most of the project.

Written by Indiana Writers Center — April 02, 2015

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