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, July 28,  6:30-8:30pm
Lawrence Art Center
4437 N. Franklin Rd, 46226

Our featured poet will be Catherine Swanson who will be reading from her new chapbook A Map in the Wind. Following her reading, we will have an open reading, so bring your own poems to share as well.

Catherine Swanson is an ethnographer, refugee advocate and social worker who lives in Indianapolis. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals in the United States, Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and New Zealand.

The Eiteljorg Museum and Brick Street Poetry
Present Shonda Buchanan
Wednesday, July 29  at 6:00pm
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art has teamed up with Brick Street Poetry Inc. to bring poet Shonda Buchanan to the museum for a reading and signing of her book, "Who's Afraid of Black Indians?"  Buchanan is a Hampton University professor who comes from an African American/Native American family whose journey moves through Indiana. Shonda will share her story through poetry; encouraging us to explore and embrace each branch of our family tree. She will inspire all of us to cherish every root that feeds our many branches. 


Pages at the Prop: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia
Presented by Indianapolis Propylaeum
Wednesday, July 29

Join us at the Indianapolis Propylaeum as we spotlight Indiana authors and provide a social evening for attendees in a special event titled Pages at the Prop. The author for our second event will be Francesca Zappia with “Made You Up”. Not only is Zappia’s John Green’s new favorite YA author, her work has been recognized by the Huffington Post as one of the “16 Most Anticipated YA Debuts Due Out In The First Half Of 2015.”

This Emerging Edition of Pages at the Prop will be held Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Tickets for the event are $20. Included in the ticket price will be a glass of wine or soft drink, hors d’oerves, and petite sweets. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the author presentation beginning at 7:30 pm. An opportunity for author questions, book signings, and mingling will follow the presentation.
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9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Wednesday, July 29, @ 7:00 pm
Book Club meeting with Julie Young
We will be discussing Fifteen Minutes of Fame with author Julie Young. Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting.

Saturday, Aug. 1, @ 2:00 pm
Elizabeth Kraft Taylor book signing

Elizabeth will be signing and discussing her memoir, Three Jews Walked Into A Shopping Center. (a story of the Simon family)

Indiana History Center
450 W Ohio St, 46202
Author Talk with Ray Boomhower

Thursday, July 30, 2015
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Eli Lilly Hall, History Center

Meet author Ray Boomhower as he discusses his book, "One Shot": The World War II Photography of John A. Bushemi in conjunction with the temporary exhibit of the same name.

American GIs who participated in the invasions of such far-flung Pacific Ocean locations as New Georgia, Makin, Tarawa, Kwajalein, and Eniwetok during World War II could always count on a blistering reception from the Japanese forces defending those isles. They could also depend on their efforts being documented for their fellow soldiers and folks back home by a good-natured, talented photographer from Gary: John A. Bushemi.

 Assigned to Yank, the weekly magazine written by and for enlisted men, Bushemi specialized in "photography from a rifle’s length vantage point," according to his colleague Merle Miller. His work with his ever-present Speed Graphic camera earned Bushemi the distinction of being the "outstanding combat photographer" for the magazine, noted its managing editor Joe McCarthy. 


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. 

Indy Reads Books

911 Massach
usetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202
Adam Day poetry reading: Model of a City in Civil War
Saturday, August 1, 3:00pm – 4:30pm Civil War (map)

Adam Day’s debut volume of poetry bucks the current pandemic of terminal irony, but does so with alertness to paradox and mystery–those things irony becomes when it grows up. In varied formal moves and unified tone, Day reminds us how rewarding serious poetry can be and how much we have missed it. Learn more on his website.

James Morris Reading "Surface"
Saturday, August 1, 5:00pm – 6:30pm
James Morris is a young author. He is releasing his third book, Surface, and will do a reading and signing. The Earth is split into three kingdoms One resides in the sky, one lies beneath the waves, and one remains on the surface. Ruled by a tyrant, life on the surface is oppressive and littered with human misery and poverty. People are brutalized in the streets and hope seems like a long forgotten ideal. For fifteen year-old Sam Cutter, that's enough reason to risk everything and head for the Sky Nation.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington
First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, August 2    3:00 to 5:00
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN

Featured readers:   Richard Durisen, Annette Oppenlander, Jim Stark
Come early and Sign Up for Open Mic!


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, August 10
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 Roxanna Santoro — July 14, 2015

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