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, June 23,  6:30-8:30 pm
Lawrence Lawrence Art Center
4437 N. Franklin Rd, 46226

This month's featured poet is Joyce Brinkman who will share work from her new book Seasons of Sharing A Kasen Renku Collaboration.  Following her reading, we will have an open reading, so bring your own poems to share as well.

Joyce Brinkman lives in Zionsville, with her husband and a sweet cat.  She is a strong proponent of poetry as public art and creates public poetry projects involving her poetry and the poetry of others. Her printed works include collaborative books, Rivers, Rails and Runways, and Airmail from the Airpoets. She has received fellowships and grants from the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, the Indianapolis Arts Council and the Indiana Arts Commission. Her latest book is the multi-lingual, international collaboration, Seasons of Sharing A Kasen Renku Collaboration with Dr. Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda and four global partners.

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Keystone Art Cinema
Tuesday, June 23 7:00 PM
8702 Keystone Crossing, Suite 201A
Indianapolis, IN 46240
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a 2015 American film based on YA author, Jesse Andrews' 2012 debut novel of the same name.  The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to a standing ovation.


7-9 p.m. Kafe Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association. Open mic at the Harrison Brook Center, 4002 Cornelius Ave. Every Thursday. $5, but $3 for open mic participants. Info: 317-895-4919.
Go to their facebook page for information

Poetry Open Mic
Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater
Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre. 


9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Wednesday, June 24, @ 7:00 pm
Book Club meeting

We will be discussing the novel, Noblesville with author Kurt Meyer. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Friday, June 26 @ 7:00 pm
Restoration Poets Event

Featured readings by JL Kato, Dan Carpenter and Thomas Orr.

4th Friday Spoken Word and Open Mic at Coal Yard Coffee
Friday, June 23  7-10 p.m.
5547 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis, IN
Featured poets include Penny Dunning, Collin Alexander La Mothe, Richard Pflum, Michael Baumann, Theon Lee Jones, and Jason Ammerman.
Host: Greggory DeBoor. Info: 317-777-1161.

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

"Void Sets" Book Release & Reading
Friday, June 26, 7-9pm
"Michelle Gottschlich's Debut Collection of Poems bears an acute & tender hand toward the inscrutable nature of being. Engaged in the milieu of void sets (code elements that do not show in surface content) & employing interruption, (day)dream, & other fragmented mental activity as valid manifestations of voice, these poems evince & commune with the buried codes & elements of repressed & othered worlds...
Richard Wehrenberg Jr.

Colleen Wells reading: "Dinner With Doppelgangers"
Saturday, June 27,   5:30-7:00pm

"In beautifully crafted prose, Dinner with Doppelgangers - A True Story of Madness and Recovery is the story of one woman's struggle with profound depression and mania, the hallmarks of bipolar disorder. With highs, lows, and hospital visits blurred by medications, the poetic text explores in uncompromising honesty how mental illness can affect family, friends, and self."

Norbert Krapf at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis
Saturday, June 27  2-4pm
Suggested donation $5. Light refreshments served.

Kids Ink Children's Bookstore
5619 N Illinois St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

The Dungeoneers Book Launch with Author, John David Anderson
Saturday, June 27th,  1:00-2:30 pm

Poetry on Brick Street
Presenting Dr. Richard Boada
Thursday, July 2   6:30 PM

SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville
Dr. Boada will read his work, which will followed by a brief intermission and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Richard Boada earned his doctorate from the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. His book of poems, The Error of Nostalgia, (Texas Review Press) was released in the fall of 2013, and his chapbook, Archipelago Sinking, was nominated for the 2012 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Poetry Book Award. His poems have appeared in RHINO, Third Coast, Southern California Review, Yalobusha Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, The Louisville Review, Jabberwock Review, Poetry East, Oyez Review, Reed Magazine, Rio Grande Review, and elsewhere.

Poetry on Brick Street is a project of Brick Street Poetry, a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit that also publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal and hosts other poetry events. For more information, visit our Facebook page at or our website at .

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, July 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 — June 02, 2015

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