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

The Unleavened Bread Café and Writing Futures at Marian University

Voices Unlocked: Soulful Stories from 30th & Central
The inaugural reading by the women in the Café’s fall writing workshop
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Indianapolis Central Library, Annis West Reading Room 40 East St. Clair St., Indianapolis, IN 46204

Be sure to bring a few dollars for parking.  The Central Library has a parking garage entrance located on Pennsylvania St.
No RSVP necessary This Event is FREE
Books available for purchase by cash or check. For information contact: 

The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic
Wednesday, October 21    5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St
Cost $5
Featuring J L Kato

9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46219 
Friday, October 23, from 5:30-8:30 pm
Abe Aamidor book launch
Abe will be signing his new book, Monastery of Writers, a fascinating tale about a writers’ group who meets in an abandoned resort hotel in rural Indiana.

Sunday, October 25, from 2:00-4:00 pm
Freda Love Smith book signing

Freda Love Smith, former rock drummer & current food blogger, will be signing her new book, Red Velvet Underground: A Rock Memoir with Recipes.  Her special guest will be Dale Lawrence of The Vulgar Boatmen and yes, refreshments will be served.

4th Friday Spoken Word and Open Mic at Coal Yard Coffee
Friday, October 23    7 p.m.-10 p.m.
Coal Yard Coffee, 5547 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis, IN

Featured poets include Dante Fratturo, Helen Townsend, and Lisa Devon. Free.
Host: Gregory DeBoor. Info: (317) 777-1161.

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.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Sass Brown reading "USA-1000"
Saturday, October 24, 7pm – 8pm

Sass Brown’s darkly funny debut collection of poems explores both the isolation and the absurdity of twenty-something apartment living. The world Brown creates in USA-1000 overflows with infomercials, classic Hollywood films, billboard messages, strip clubs, and fortune-tellers, illuminating our complex relationship with consumerism. Brown’s dazzling poems probe the disappointment of domestic reality in the face of America’s glossy facade, abundance and emptiness hand in hand. Ultimately, the book finds beauty in the deliciously artificial and resurrects “the missing world” with words and memory.,6253.aspx

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

Sunday, October 25
3:00 to 4:30 pm

Bloomington Convention Center
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room

This event is free and open to the public.  Free parking in the back.
Guest Readers: Judy Lafferty Beerman, Jerry Smith, and Suzanne Sturgeon
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Judy Lafferty Beerman is a member of the Free Range Poets for 15+ years. Judy loves judy photo (600x800)to write poetry for her grandchildren. Her favorite topics are nature, family and life.

Jerry Smith has been writing poems seriously, though not without humor, for over twenty years. His poems have won awards in national competitions and have appeared in several poetry magazines and anthologies. His book, “My Journey,” published in 2014, is now available. Contact him at

Suzanne Sturgeon lives with her husband, Michael Tracy on a farm in Owen County. They let the milkweed grow in their fence lines this year.

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, October 27  6:30-8:30PM
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226 (
The Theater at the Fort is on Otis Avenue (take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)  This month’s poetry reading will be the first in our new location!!!

Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!
Our featured poet will be Nancy Pulley, whose new book Warren Avenue, was published in 2014 by Chatter House Press.  Please come support local poets, and bring your own poetry to share during the open mike.
Nancy Pulley is a graduate of Indiana Central College—now the University of Indianapolis.  Her poems have appeared in The Flying Island, Arts Indiana Literary Supplement, Passages North, Plainsong, The Sycamore Review, Humpback Barn Collection, A Linen Weave of Themes, and The Tipton Poetry Journal, as well as other journals and publications.  She was a recent recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant in Poetry.  Nancy has published two previous chapbooks.  In 2014, her first full-length poetry book, Warren Avenue, was published by Chatterhouse Press.

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.

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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Monday, November 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Rabbi Sandy Sasso
and world renown storyteller, Peninnah Schram
Will be speaking at the Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts about her new book, co-authored with Peninnah Schram, entitled Jewish Stories of Love and Marriage: Folktales, Legends, & Letters.
Click here for more details.

Purdue Creative Writing/Reading Series

Talk with Charles Baxter
November 5, 7:30 pm

Krannert Auditorium

Charles Baxter was born in Minneapolis and graduated from Macalester College, in Saint Paul. After completing graduate work in English at the State University of New York at Buffalo, he taught for several years at Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1989, he moved to the Department of English at the University of Michigan--Ann Arbor and its MFA program. He now teaches at the University of Minnesota. Baxter is the author of 5 novels, 5 collections of short stories, 3 collections of poems, 2 collections of essays on fiction and is the editor of other works. More detailed information about each of Baxter's books can be found in the published works section.

Vonnegutfest 2015
Friday, November 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
“Vonnegut & Religion”
Dan Wakefield, Grace Miller,
and Christina Jarvis will discuss Kurt Vonnegut’s relationship with religion. Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” will moderate.
Christian Theological Seminary
1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis

This is a ticketed event:

Saturday, November 7, 2:00 p.m.
Panel on Vonnegut (Part of Vonnegutfest 2015)
Steve Inskeep of “NPR Morning Edition”
will moderate

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
Denis Johnson
Wednesday, November 11, 7:30 p.m.
Atherton Union, Reilly Room

An award-winning novelist, short story writer, and playwright, Denis Johnson is the author of numerous novels, including Fiskadoro (1985); Tree of Smoke, winner of the 2007 National Book Award; and Nobody Move (2009). Jesus’ Son (1992), his collection of short stories, was made into a movie of the same name. Johnson’s latest novel, The Laughing Monsters, was released in November. Johnson, who typically writes about people on the margins of society, published his first collection of poems, The Man Among the Seals (1969), at the age of 20. Subsequent collections include Inner Weather (1976), The Incognito Lounge and Other Poems (1982), and The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly: Poems Collected and New (1995). He has received a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction and a Whiting Writers’ Award.

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 26
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 — October 13, 2015

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