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

New location!
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-3
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.

Trip Through Your Wires


Tuesday, October 27
Tonight's book discussion at 7:00 pm features author Sarah Layden to talk about her new book, "Trip Through Your Wires". Everyone is welcome to attend the discussion of this fascinating novel.

DePauw University: Kelly Visiting Writers Series


Fiction Writer Karen Joy Fowler
Wednesday, 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.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Nicole Cushing reading Mr. Suicide
Thusday, October 29, 6pm – 7pm
Like everyone else in the world, you've wanted to do things people say you shouldn't do. How many times in your life have you wanted to slap someone? Really, literally strike them? You can't even begin to count the times. Hundreds. Thousands. You're not exaggerating. You're not engaging in... whatchamacallit? Hyperbole? You're not engaging in hyperbole. Maybe the impulse flashed through your brain for only a moment, like lightning, when someone tried to skip ahead of you in line at the cafeteria. Hell, at more than one point in your life you've wanted to kill someone; really, literally kill someone. That's not just an expression. Not hyperbole. Then it was gone and replaced by the civilized thought: You can't do that. Not out in public. But you've had the thought... From Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Nicole Cushing comes Mr. Suicide, a novel of the Great Dark Mouth.

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

Dwight Ritter's Book Signing "Growin' Up White

Thursday, October 29th   6:00 - 8:00PM

Hoosier born and raised author, Dwight Ritter will be signing his first book, "Growin' Up White'.  Set in Indianapolis during the 1950's the author's book tells a heartfelt story based on his own childhood experiences in a mostly black neighborhood.  It is also the story of Georgey, their quirky black housekeeper imbued with strong opinions, extra doses of homespun religion, and a fierce love for their family.  Georgey shapes who they are on both matters of the heart and of race.  The author lives in Cape Cod.

The author will give a talk at 7:00PM  Refreshments will be served.
Please call 317-733-1747 to reserve your copy.

4th Friday Spoken Word and Open Mic at Coal Yard Coffee
Friday, October 30    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

This is the last poetry program before the coffeeshop is closed for construction.


The Writers Guild at Bloomington
First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, November 1     3:00 to 5:00pm
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Featured readers are: Claire Arbogast,  Karen Wylie and James Dorr

Go here to read their bios.

Indiana University Creative Writing Program
Lisa Fishman
Monday, November 2   7pm

The Oak Room, Indiana Memorial Union
900 E. Seventh St., Bloomington
Lisa Fishman’s most recent book is 24 Pages and oth-er poems (Wave Books, 2015). She is also the author of F L O W E R C A R T; The Happiness Experiment; Dear, Read (all on Ahsahta Press) and others. She has new work in recent issues of the Chicago Review, Volt, and Jubilat, and has been anthologized in Best Exper-imental Writing 2014 (Omnidawn), The Arcadia Proj-ect: Postmodern North American Pastoral (Ahsahta); Ecopoetic Poetry (Trinity UP), and elsewhere. She lives in Orfordville and Madison, Wisconsin and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. 

Faculty Reading: Alyce Miller & Adrian Matejka
Wednesday, November 04 2015  7:00 PM

The Back Door
207 S College Ave. Bloomington, IN 47404

In partnership with Indy Reads Books
Jewish Community Center – Indy6701 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
Click below for more details:


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.

The “Read Local” Series
Celebrating Indiana authors and their works.
Tuesday, November 3  @ 6:30 pm Irvington Branch Library

5625 E.Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46219

Topic:  Justice
Fran Quigley – “If We Can Win Here: The New Front Lines of the Labor Movement”

George Wolfe – “Meditations on Mystery: Science, Paradox and Contemplative Spirituality.”
– “The Spiritual Power of Nonviolence: Interfaith Understanding For A Future Without War.”

Notre Dame Creative Writing Series
Kate Bernheimer Reading
Wednesday, November 4,  7:30 p.m
Hammes bookstore

Kate Bernheimer
has been called “one of the living masters of the fairy tale” (Tin House). She is the author of a novel trilogy and the story collections Horse, Flower, Bird and How a Mother Weaned Her Girl from Fairy Tales, and the editor of four anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award winning and bestselling My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales and xo Orpheus: 50 New Myths. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she teaches fairy tales and creative writing.

Poetry on Brick Street

Presents JoAnn Balingit
Thursday, November 5,  6:30 p.m
SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville
Free and Open to the public
Balingit was appointed Delaware’s poet laureate in May 2008 by Governor Ruth Ann Minner. In her role as Poet Laureate, she works with the Delaware Division of the Arts to bring poets and poetry to Delawareans. She teaches poetry in schools, libraries and community centers across the state. She advocates for arts-in-education programming and coordinates retreats, readings and workshops to support Delaware’s writers and bring poetry to public places.  She is the Delaware state coordinator for two national programs that recognize creative teens: Scholastic Writing Awards and Poetry Out Loud, and an Assistant Editor for book development with YesYes Books.
Her book, Words for House Story (WordTech Editions, 2013), is a collection of poems celebrating “the house of our longings, our memory, and our hopes” (Fleda Brown). Balingit has two award-winning chapbooks.   Recent honors include a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation Fellowship in fiction and the 2015 Westmoreland Poetry Award. She has lived in northern Delaware the past 25 years and in her spare time, likes to surf.

Purdue Creative Writing/Reading Series

Talk with Charles Baxter
Thursday, 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
Denis Johnson
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, November 9
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 27, 2015

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