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

Art & Soul Presents Tasha Jones

Nina Simone poetry tribute
Wednesday, February 8 at 12:15 pm
Indianapolis Artsgarden

Art & Soul, an annual celebration of African American art and artists in Indiana, features a diverse lineup of music, storytelling, dance, and visual art. The Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Asante Children’s Theatre, Indy Jazz Fest, Kenyettá Dance Company, and Madame Walker Theatre Center to present Art & Soul: A Celebration of African American Art & Artists in Indiana at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.

Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
Shulem Deen
Wednesday, February 8,   7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium

Shulem Deen is the award-winning author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a poignant and riveting memoir about a Brooklyn Hasidic Jew who leaves his faith and family to start a new life. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always insightful and wise, All Who Go Do Not Return won the 2016 GLCA Award for Nonfiction. This memoir illustrates both the joy and pain of abandoning one’s faith and embarking on a secular journey of new-found values and intellectual freedom. Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in Salon, Tablet, and The Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

The Writers Guild At Bloomington

Players Pub Spoken Word Series
Thursday, February 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Players Pub
424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Free admission

Featuring James Dorr, Joan Hawkins, Shayne Laughter, and Arbutus Cunningham
with music by Urban Deer
Also featuring an Open Mic
This is a New Series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington. It will take place every month on the second Thursday.
Go here for all the details

Steve Henn Reading
Sunday, February 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Boxcar Books
408 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408
Featuring Warsaw IN poet Steve Henn and others

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202 

#BlackLivesMatter Children's Digital Magazine Event
Friday, February 10, 5pm – 6pm

Friends and families: Come to Indy Reads and learn how to "rethink" the stories you choose to read and share with your children.

Snowpocalypse: Tales of the End of the World
Saturday, February 11, 2pm – 3pm

The calendar says the first day of summer, but a jealous snow wraps the world in a white straitjacket . . . Winter will not relinquish its throne and the polar vortex is plunging south. Icebergs gleam in the Bermuda Triangle and snow is falling in the Amazon. Blizzards swirl across the Sahara and the world has become a snowglobe from pole to pole. Is this the coming of the next Ice Age? Can anything be done to thaw the Big Freeze? Join seventeen talented authors from around the world on their expeditions into the Snowpocalypse and read the chilliest tales ever written.

This is the very first publication from Black Mirror Press, and authors will be at IRB to share their stories!

Learn more on their Facebook:


Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program

American Invertida: Contemporary Uruguayan Poetry Festival
Wednesday, February 15   7:00-9:00PM
Luis Bravo, Javier Etchevarren, and Virginia Lucas will read.
Hammes Campus Bookstore
Free and open to the public.
Click below for all the details:

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Self-Published Authors Fair
Saturday, February 18 - 12:00 to 3:00pm

The lineup of authors has been set.  We thank all who applied for a spot this time and hope you will be able to come by and support your fellow writers.

Following is the list of participating authors and their works:
Jennifer Bartlett-Phelps - The Business of Confidence: How Baring It All Can Change You and The Act of Confidence: 30 Days to Self Love.
R.S. "Steve" Craig - The Innocent and the Dead and Children With White Knuckles
Doug Robbins - My Father, My Hero
Sarah McClure
- The Search
Matt Roberts - Thirty Two Minutes in March:  Four Teams Chase a Title in Today's Hoosier Hysteria
Dawn Carter - Affair: The Truth You Need But Don't Want To Know, Finding My Voice:  Poems of Darkness and Light , and It Was Good, Until It Wasn't: Thoughts of a Divorcing Woman

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Emily St. John Mandel
Monday, February 20 @ 7:30 PM

Atherton Union Reilly Room
Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 27 languages.

A previous novel, The Singer's Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions.

Novel Conversations with Award-winning Author, Adrian Matejka

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3-4 p.m.
Franklin Central High School Media Center (enter Main Door #2)

6215 S. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46259
Free and open to the public
Refreshments provided

Notably, Mr. Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden which won the New York / New England Award, Mixology, a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Novel Conversations Speakers Program is sponsored by Indiana Humanities with support from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Purdue Literary Reading Series

Don Share Reading
February 27, 7:30 pm

Krannert Auditorium - Reading
Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Eyewear Publishing), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and most recently a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), a critical edition of Basil Bunting's poems (Faber and Faber), and Bunting's Persia (Flood Editions). His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the TLS Translation Prize, Premio Valle Inclán, and PEN/New England Discovery Award; they were recently published in a new and expanded edition in the NYRB Poets series. With Christian Wiman, he co-edited The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press).


Recurring Events:

Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at

The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic

Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.

Vibe on Wednesdays

Wednesdays  8 p.m.(Doors open at 7)
Tantrum, 8215 Center Run Dr.
Live band, poetry, art and open mic.
$5- Must be 21 or older.
Meets every other Wednesday. Host: Tony Styxx. Video: https://youtube/8Nzv2eXoYX4*

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
Every Thursday 8 p.m.
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. 
Information: (317)288-5136. 

Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 31, 2017

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