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

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...

Notre Dame Creative Writing Series
Jac Jemc Fiction Reading
Wednesday, September 9   7:30 pm
Hammes Campus Bookstore
Jac Jemc lives and writes in Chicago. Her first novel, My Only Wife (Dzanc Books) was named a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. Her first full-length collection of stories, A Different Bed Every Time, was released in October 2014, also from Dzanc. A chapbook of stories, This Stranger She'd Invited In, was made available from Greying Ghost Press in March 2011. Jac's nonfiction was featured on the long list for Best American Essays 2014 and her story "Women in Wells" was featured in the 2010 Best of the Web anthology.  Read more


9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Book launch for I Will Meet You There by S.M. Harding
Friday, September 11   6:00-8:00pm
When Win Kirkland left the Marine Corps Intelligence Agency after twenty-five years, she thought she'd left war behind. But a sniper's shot through her front window soon ends the tranquility she'd been seeking. It also brings Sheriff Sarah Barrow Pitt-her one time best friend-back into her life.

For her part, the Sheriff has fought crime her entire life. But her latest battle seems to be keeping her own job in a deeply conservative area. She and Win were once close, until an unguarded moment profoundly altered their friendship. Now Win is in trouble-and doesn't want her help.

As evils of the past and present threaten to engulf them both, admitting to their feelings might just pose the most dangerous risk of all.

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.
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.

Five Corners Poetry Readings
Sponsored by Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras

Sunday, September 13    2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Indiana State Museum, 650 W. Washington St.

This reading will feature poets from southwest Indiana and the Terre Haute region.  Featured poets include Matthew Brennan, Zann Carter, Matthew Graham, Katie Barvy Mullins, David Vancil, as well well as Kalamaras  and former laureate Karen Kovacik.  (Attendees will receive a $3 parking voucher for the Indiana State Museum garage).

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.

Joyce Carol Oates
Monday, September 28, 7:30 p.m.

Clowes Memorial Hall
Over the decades, Joyce Carol Oates has established herself as a highly prolific scribe, who has written dozens of books including novels, short story collections, young adult fiction, plays, poetry, and essays. Her first published book was the 1963 story collection By the North Gate, followed by her debut novel With Shuddering Fall in 1964.

Other notable works among many include National Book Award winner them (1969), a layered chronicling of urban life that was part of Oates’ Wonderland Quartet series, and her 26th novel We Were the Mulvaneys (1996), the story of an unraveling family, which became an Oprah Winfrey Book Club selection. The novels The Falls (2004) and The Gravedigger’s Daughter (2007) were both New York Times bestsellers, while 2012’s Patricide was published as an e-book novella. Oates has also written suspense novels under the pseudonyms Rosamond Smith and Lauren Kelly.

Both of these readings are “Writer’s Harvest” events. Please support us in the fight against hunger by bringing a donation of dried pasta or rice to support Second Helpings.
All events in the series are free and open to the public. Oates’ talk requires tickets, which are available at the Clowes Memorial Hall box office and online through Ticketmaster (fees apply).

A Conversation with Scott Russell Sanders
Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation presents a conversation with Environmentalist Author Scott Russell Sanders on the future of Earthcare in Indiana
Scott Sanders
Friday, September 18, from 7:00 to 8:30 PM
Indianapolis First Friends Meeting
3030 Kessler Boulevard East Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220
The Indiana Friends Committee on Legislation (IFCL) exists as an instrument in the search of God's will for Quakers who are wrestling with the issues of our day. IFCL attempts to relate our Faith and Quaker Testimonies to the shaping of responsible policy making by our Indiana government legislators.
See for more information.  To see the flyer, go here.

IU East/Regional Writers Series
Bestselling Author Elizabeth Berg at IU East!
IU East School of Humanities and Social Sciences presents the
Regional Writers Series: An Evening with Elizabeth Berg
Tuesday, September 22,  7 pm

Vivian Auditorium

NYT bestselling novelist Elizabeth Berg will discuss her newest book, The Dream Lover, based on the life of French writer George Sand.  Author of more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, Berg has won numerous awards, including the American Library Association’s Best Books of the Year for Durable Goods and Joy School and an Oprah’s Book Club Selection for Open House. The Dream Lover and other books will be available for purchase.  A reception and booksigning will follow.

Purdue Creative Writing/Reading Series

September 28, 7:30 pm
Alumni Readings with Tadd Adcox & Sarah Layden
Krannert Auditorium


The Writers Guild at Bloomington

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center

Guest Readers: Paul Asta and Jessica Franck
Sunday, September 27    3:00 to 4:30 pm
Bloomington Convention Center
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

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 — September 01, 2015

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