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

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Gerald Stern and Anne Marie Macari
Tuesday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts

Gerald Stern
‘s books of poetry include Divine Nothingness: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2014); In Beauty Bright: Poems (W. W. Norton, 2012); Early Collected Poems: 1965–1992 (W. W. Norton, 2010), Save the Last Dance: Poems (2008); Everything Is Burning (2005); American Sonnets (2002); Last Blue: Poems (2000); This Time: New and Selected Poems (1998), which won the National Book Award; Odd Mercy (1995); and Bread Without Sugar (1992), winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize.

His honors include the Paris Review‘s Bernard F. Conners Award, the Bess Hokin Award from Poetry, the Ruth Lilly Prize, four National Endowment for the Arts grants, the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, and fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2005, Stern was selected to receive the Wallace Stevens Award for mastery in the art of poetry.

Anne Marie Macari
is the author of four books of poetry, including Red Deer in 2015. Some of the poems in Red Deer are about Macari’s experiences in the painted Ice Age caves in France and Spain. Her book Ivory Cradle won the APR/Honickman First Book Prize in 2000. Her second book, Gloryland (2005), was followed by She Heads Into the Wilderness (Autumn House, 2008).

Macari’s poems and essays have appeared in many magazines and anthologies. She founded the Drew MFA Program in Poetry & Poetry in Translation and has been on the board of Alice James Books since 2004. She won the James Dickey Prize for Poetry from Five Points magazine in 2005 and the MacDowell Fellowship in 2010. 


Purdue Creative Writing/Reading Series

October 6, 7:30 pm
Brian Leung & Roxane Gay

Krannert Auditorium

9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Tuesday, October 6 @ 6:30 pm
John Thavis book signing

John Thavis will be here on his national tour to promote his new book, The Vatican Prophecies:  Investigating Supernatural Signs, Apparitions and Miracles In The Modern Age.  We will also have copies of his previous book, The Vatican Diaries:  A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church.

Friday, October 9 from 5:30-7:30 pm
Michael Martone book launch

Michael Martone will be here with the Indianapolis launch of his new book, Winesburg, Indiana (A Fork River Anthology).  It is a wonderful collection of stories about characters in the fictional town of Winesburg written by an amazing group of Hoosier authors.

Notre Dame Creative Writing Series

Reading with Michael Martone, Valerie Sayers, Joyelle McSweeney, and Kelcey Parker
October 7 at 7:30 p.m.

Hammes Campus Bookstore

Reading with Orlando Menes
October 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Hammes Campus Bookstore
Menes will read from his most recent publication, Heresies, which has been deemed an invocation of Latin American and Caribbean culture, history, and spirituality. Through free verse and poetic forms, the collection is visually charged and sonically rich. The poems incorporate history, legend, and magical realism to create a cross-cultural baroque feeling.


Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Literary Pub Crawl
Saturday, October 10, 5:30–9:30pm

The annual pub crawl benefiting Indy Reads will be a blast! All proceeds will go to Indy Reads to help promote literacy in central Indiana. Please note that this is a 21+ event, as all of the locations we are stopping at are bars. Though there is no requirement to drink, it is Indiana state law that no one under this age can enter these establishments.

Indiana has a great literary history, and we’re excited to share that with you (as well as a drink or two) and also help out a great organization!

Buy your tickets here. This year we're featuring author Angela Jackson-Brown’s book Drinking From a Bitter Cup! There will also be a raffle, costume contest, and of course LIBATIONS! Learn more on the Indy Literary Pub Crawl website.

Larry Dunlap Signing "Night People, Book 1"

Sunday, October 11, 1– 4pm

Join Larry Dunlap at the bookstore for a signing of "Night People, Book 1: Things we Lost in the Night."

Black Dog Books
115 S. Main Street, Zionsville, IN

Saturday, October 24, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Talk, Author Q & A / Meet & Greet with Dan Wakefield

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II ending, award winning author, Dan Wakefield will be signing his newly revised book, Under the Apple Tree which portrays what it was like to live in middle America home front during World War II.

DePauw University: Kelly Visiting Writers Series

Fiction Writer Karen Joy Fowler
October 28, 2015  7:30 pm

Peeler Center Auditorium

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels and four short story collections. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction in 2014. The Jane Austen Book Club spent thirteen weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list and was a New York Times Notable Book. Fowler’s previous novel, Sister Noon, was a finalist for the 2001 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction. Her debut novel, Sarah Canary, was a New York Times Notable Book, as was her second novel, The Sweetheart SeasonRead more.

The Choreography of Dreams
Sunday, November 08, 2015 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Arthur M. Glick JCC
6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis, IN 46260

Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writers Center


Two performances incorporating dance, poetry, and videos, this innovative program celebrates the value seniors bring to a community’s life.

We all age. But how we age, where we age, and who we age with, looks different for everyone because “senior citizens” are as diverse as society at large. In this beautiful, evocative, and participatory event, The Choreography of Dreams will challenge and inspire audience members with dance, music, poetry, and video stories of community elders. By exploring the dreams and realities of older adults in thought-provoking, personal, and stereotype-free ways, the very nature of aging will be celebrated in this award-winning entry into the Spirit & Place Festival.

Spoken words, imagery, movement, and music combine in a profound way to highlight the complex and meaningful last third of life. Along the way, audience members will be invited to reflect in a “Dream Session” creative workbook that will enable older audience members and their families to continue an exploration and discussion of how we feel and what we believe about ourselves as we age.

RSVP required by November 8 due to limited seating. Performance times: 10a.m. and 1:30p.m.

Presented by the JCC, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writers Center, and Jewish Family Services at The Albert & Sara Reuben Senior and Community Resource Center with support from the Central Indiana Senior Fund.

In partnership with Indy Reads Books
Jewish Community Center – Indy
6701 Hoover Road, Indianapolis

The JCC’s 17th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, filmmakers and performing and fine artists. This year’s Festival of Books runs October 28 through November 16, 2015. Unless noted otherwise, sessions are in the JCC’s Laikin Auditorium and are $10. Information and tickets may be found at Save money on multiple Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts events with the Festival Pass for $40. The Festival Pass is good for all events, but does not apply to special performances.

Tuesday, November 3, 7:00 p.m.
Panel with Dan Wakefield, Travis DiNicola, Barb Shoup and Lou Harry

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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, October 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 Roxanna Santoro — September 29, 2015

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