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

Dan Carpenter launches new book at Lawrence Art Center
Tuesday, September 22, from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Lawrence Art Center, 4437 N. Franklin Rd., 46226

Our featured poet will be Dan Carpenter who will be reading from his new book, The Art He’d Sell For Love. Following his reading, we will have an open reading, so bring your own poems to share as well.

Dan Carpenter will be reading from his new book, The Art He’d Sell For Love. He is an Indianapolis resident, a freelance writer and a contributor to Indianapolis Business Journal, StatehouseFile.Com and other publications. He has published poems in Poetry East, Illuminations, Pearl, Xavier Review, Southern Indiana Review, Maize, Tipton Poetry Journal, Flying Island and other journals. A book of his poems, More Than I Could See, was published in 2009 by Restoration Press; and one of his poems was included in And Know This Place (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2011), the first comprehensive anthology of work by Indiana-connected poets.

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.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Meet Author and World-Traveler Leon Logothetis
Tuesday, September 22, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Imagine quitting your job and traveling the world relying on the kindness of strangers. Think you can do it? We know one person who did. Join us to hear Leon speak about his travels, sign books, and make genuine connections with the folks in Indianapolis.

John Covington Reading "The Fountain of Youth Images"
Saturday, September 26, 4pm – 6pm

Join John M Covington for a reading from The Fountain of Youth Images. Can you picture something being so anonymous actually from a fantasy land, coming true? -Hum- meaningful may be even one of Gods gifts but you got to judge for yourself.

"Good and Cheap" by Leanne Brown, reading and signing
Sunday, September 27, 2pm – 3pm

Slow Food Indy and Pogue’s Run Grocer have teamed up to bring Leanne Brown, author of the acclaimed cookbook, Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a Day to Indianapolis. Brown is a food studies scholar and avid home cook who launched a Kickstarter in July of 2014 to fund production of her book, Good and Cheap: How to Eat Well on $4 a day.

Kellogg Writers Series 2015
Shonda Buchanan

Wednesday, September 23, 7:30 p.m.

Trustees Dining Room, Schwitzer Student Center
Poet, memoirist, and fiction writer Shonda Buchanan is a culture and literary arts ambassador whose presentations, workshops, and lectures demonstrate her passion for exploring gender, ethnicity, family, heritage, landscape, environment, and ancestry. She edited the poetry anthology Voices from Leimert Park, and her poetry collection Who’s Afraid of Black Indians? was nominated for the Library of Virginia Literary Awards and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards. She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, The Writer’s Chronicle, and American Public Media’s Marketplace, and has been featured on National Public Radio’s Tell Me More. She is an assistant professor of English at Hampton University, where she teaches writing and editing.

An Evening With Bestselling Children's Author & Illustrator Brian Selznick
Wednesday, September 23    6:30 PM
Central Library
Families and children of all ages are invited as bestselling children's author and illustrator Brian Selznick will discuss his newly-released book, "The Marvels." Selznick received the 2008 Caldecott Medal for his book, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret." Book sales and signings will follow the presentation. Free tickets are available at Central Library beginning at 5 p.m. on the day of the event. Limited advanced tickets with a purchase of a Brian Selznick book are available at Kids Ink Bookstore, 5619 N. Illinois St. Seating is limited to 300 individuals.

9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219
Thursday, Sept. 24, @ 6:30 pm 
Bill Scheft,
award winning comedy writer for The Late Show with David Letterman, talks of his experiences and signs his new book, Shrink Thyself.

4th Friday Spoken Word and Open Mic at Coal Yard Coffee
Friday, September 25    7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Coal Yard Coffee, 5547 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis
Featured poets include Jason Ammerman, Benjamin Cannon, Penny Dunning, David Fratture, JL Kato, Januarie York, and Chicago's own Billy Tuggle.
Free. Host: Gregory DeBoor. Info: (317) 777-1161.

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

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.

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.
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).


Purdue Creative Writing/Reading Series

Monday, 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!

Adrian Matejka Reading at the Pike Branch Library
Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pike Branch, Indianapolis Public Library
Adrian Matejka, Lilly Professor/Poet-in-Resident at Indiana University-Bloomington, has been named the Regional Author winner, earning him a $7,500 prize.

DePauw University: Kelly Visiting Writers Series
Presenting Poet Adonis
Wednesday, September 30,  7: 30 pm

Thompson Recital Hall
(Green Center for Performing Arts)

Adonis is the author of numerous collections of poetry, including Adonis: Selected Poems (2010, translated by Khaled Mattawa), Mihyar of Damascus: His Songs (2008), If Only the Sea Could Sleep (2002), and The Blood of Adonis (1971), which won the International Poetry Forum’s Syria-Lebanon Award. Adonis is also the author of the seminal work An Introduction to Arab Poetics (2003).  Read more...

Notre Dame Creative Writing Series
Wednesday, September 30,  7:30pm
Presents Valerie Sayers/Liam Callanan

Hammes Campus Bookstore

Valerie Sayers is the author of six novels, including her most recent, The Powers, which contemplates baseball, pacifism, and acts of witness in parallel narratives of prose and photography. Her novels Who Do You Love and Brain Fever were named New York Times “Notable Books of the Year,” and a film, "Due East," was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. All six of her novels have been reprinted in uniform paperback editions from Northwestern University Press. Read more...

Liam is the author of The Cloud Atlas (Delacorte, 2004; Dial, 2005), All Saints (Delacorte, 2007; Dial, 2008), and Listen (Four Way, 2015). He serves in the English department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and was previously its chair, as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in creative writing. He has regularly contributed to local and national public radio, Read more...

Poetry on Brick Street
Presents poet Thomas Alan Orr
Thursday, October 1,  6:30 pm
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville
Orr will read his work, which will followed by a brief intermission and an open mic. The event is free and open to the public.

Thomas A Orr
Thomas Alan Orr's poems have appeared in Good Poems, edited by Garrison Keillor, and other anthologies and journals. His poetry has also been read into the record of the Maine State Legislature. His first book of poems, Hammers in the Fog, published by Restoration Press, was well-received by readers and critics alike. His second book, Tongue to the Anvil, features poems ranging from the gritty inner city to baseball, rock and roll, and Indiana’s agrarian heritage. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2008.

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. 

Open Mic Night at Books and Brews
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers.  Every Thursday  8 p.m.
Information: (317) 288-5136. 

Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, September 28
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 15, 2015

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