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, August 25   6:30-8:30 pm
Lawrence Art Center, 4437 N. Franklin Rd., 46226

Our featured poet will be Terry Ofner who will be reading from new work, “Cain Wanders America” written for the Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts seminar he participated as one of several artists. Following his reading, we will have an open reading, so bring your own poems to share as well.

Terry Ofner grew up in Iowa not far from the Mississippi River. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa where he attended the undergraduate Iowa Writer’s Workshop in poetry. He has published poems in World Order, 100 Words, Right Hand Pointing, and Eclectica. He has worked as a landscaper, a window washer, and an editor with an educational publishing company headquartered in Iowa. Terry is currently working on his first collection of poems.


9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Wednesday, August 26, @ 7:00 pm
Book Club meeting with Barbara Shoup
We will be discussing Looking for Jack Kerouac with author Barb Shoup.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Celebrating 95 years of Ray Bradbury
Miracles of Rare Device: Treasures of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies

August 3, 2015 - August 28, 2015
Cultural Arts Gallery, IUPUI Campus Center (1st Floor)
Starting August 19, visit Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

"The August gallery show allows us to exhibit examples of these one-of-a-kind gifts for students and the broader Indianapolis community in ways that reflect Bradbury's abiding international legacy as a champion of literacy, libraries, freedom of imagination and the exploration of outer space," said Jonathan R. Eller, Chancellor's Professor of English and director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies.
Want more Bradbury? Don't miss these free events...

Gallery Reception
Enjoy a gallery reception hosted by the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, then stay for Eller's lecture on the collection's amazing journey from California to IUPUI and the importance of Bradbury's legacy in the 21st century.  The reception and lecture occur August 27, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Atrium at IUPUI, just outside the Cultural Arts Gallery.

4th Friday Spoken Word and Closed Mic at Coal Yard Coffee

Friday, August 28   7-10 p.m.
5547 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis
Featured poets: Kaylee Sink, Chi Sherman, Lisa Devon, Tatjana Rebelle, and Too Black. Free. Host: Greggory DeBoor. Info: (317) 777-1161.

Poetry on Brick Street
Poetry on Brick Street will present poet J.T. Whitehead
Thursday, September 3  at 6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville
J.T. will read his work, which will followed by a brief intermission and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.
J.T. Whitehead has bachelor's degrees from Wabash College in English and philosophy. He received a master's degree in philosophy from Purdue University, where he studied existentialism, political philosophy, and Eastern philosophy. He earned a law degree from Indiana University.

He spent time between schools on a grounds crew, as a pub cook, a delivery man, a book shop clerk, and liquor store clerk. Such work inspired a four-year stint as a labor lawyer on the worker's side.  Whitehead lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Julia--the founder and executive director of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library--and their two sons, Daniel and Joseph. 

 Whitehead is the editor in chief of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library. He is a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author and poet. He has penned three unpublished novels, and has more than 165 published poems. His work has appeared in more than 70 literary journals and small press publications.

The Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission and the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts.
September 5-6  10:00am to 6:00pm

SPOKEN WORD STAGE at the corner of Dunn and 4th Street 
Tentative Schedule:
10:30     Storyzilla (storytelling)
11:00     Tony Brewer (poetry)
11:30     Joan Hawkins (fiction/creative nonfiction)
12:00     Patsy Rahn (poetry)
12:30     B-ton Storytellers Guild (storytelling)
1:00       Fig Tree Fellowship Radio Players (audio theatre)
2:00       Abegunde (fiction)
2:30       Jack Ramey (poetry)
3:00       Bloomington High School South Poetry Out Loud (poetry)
3:30       Eric Rensberger (poetry)
4:00       5 Women Poets (poetry)
4:30       Andrew Hubbard (poetry)
5:00       Tom Hastings (poetry)
5:30       Frida Westford (poetry)
10:00     Storyzilla (storytelling)
10:30     Stephanie Haines (fiction/storytelling)
11:00     JL Kato (poetry)
11:30     Shayne Laughter (fiction)
12:00     Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship (poetry)
12:30     Shakespeare’s Monkey (poetry band)
1:00       David Watters (poetry)
1:30       Arbutus Cunningham (storytelling)
2:00       Shawna Rodenberg (poetry)
2:30       Adam Henze (poetry)
3:00       Barb Shoup (fiction)
3:30       Jason Ammerman (poetry)
4:00       James Dorr (horror fiction)
4:30       Lisa Kwong (poetry/personal essay)
PLUS POETRY ON DEMAND all day both days! You Bring The Inspiration, We Make The Poems!

DePauw University: Kelly Visiting Writers Series
Presenting Playwright, Heather McDonald
Tuesday, September 8,  4:15 pm
Watson Forum (The Pulliam Center for Contemporary Media)

Heather McDonald is a playwright, screenwriter, theatre director and teacher. She’s published eight plays, including An Almost Holy Picture, Dream of a Common Language, When Grace Comes In, and The Rivers and Ravines. An Almost Holy Picture was produced on Broadway, and her other plays have been produced in theatres nationally and internationally, including The Roundabout Theatre, Arena Stage, Berkeley Rep, Seattle Rep, Signature Theatre and others. Her most recent work, STAY, is the result of a two-year collaboration with choreographer Susan Shields, combining theatre, dance, music and SLAM multimedia projections. Read more...

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Booksigning: "The Genuine Article", a mystery for kids by Julie McDonald
Saturday, September 12,  11:30am – 12:30pm

Does your child love mystery stories? Come for a reading of "The Genuine Article", a new mystery for kids by local author Julie McDonald. Meet the author, pick up a copy of her book, and get it signed. This is a free event for all ages.
Cynthia D. Ragland reading: "A Man Favored in his Eyes"
Saturday, September 12,  1pm – 3pm

Esdell Browns wife was a soldier and a casualty of the Iraqi war. Her death left him in a position that only a small percentage of men find themselves being a single dad. His young adult twins and his grandson lived with him, bringing with them their own challenges. Esdell tries hard to live a godly life before them and to always be an encourager for his family and friends, but he was fighting his own personal and very private war.

Dan Wakefield book release (at Indy Reads)
Wednesday, September 16  5:30-7:30

Join us as we celebrate the re-release of one of Dan's best works, "Under the Apple Tree." The book is a delightful story about growing up during WWII days. Dan will be in attendance to read, sign, and share a few memories of his own boyhood days.

Tenor saxophonist Sophie Faught will perform "This Will Be My Shining Hour" - a hit song of the era - and hard cider will also be available.

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Nikky Finney
Monday, September 14, 7:30 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room

Nikky Finney has authored four books of poetry: Head Off & Split (2011); The World Is Round (2003); Rice (1995); and On Wings Made of Gauze (1985). The John H. Bennett Jr. Chair in Southern Letters and Literature at the University of South Carolina, Finney also authored Heartwood (1997), edited The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (2007), and co-founded the Affrilachian Poets. Finney’s fourth book of poetry, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry.

This is a “Writer’s Harvest” event. Please support us in the fight against hunger by bringing a donation of dried pasta or rice to support Second Helpings.

Recurring Events:

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. 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, September 14
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 — August 06, 2015

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