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
Tuesday, January 26, 2016   6:30-8:30 PM
Theater at the Fort
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence - our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month we are featuring, Patricia Cupp, who will be reading from her new book, Dressing for the Weather.   Please come support these local poets, and bring your own poetry to share during the open mike.

Patricia Cupp
is a lifelong resident of Indiana with the exception of two years in the Peace Corps long ago. She retired from teaching after 39 years and fortunately found a writing community through the Indiana Writers Center.  She meets regularly with her group called InterUrban to share and offer critiques for one another. She enjoys traveling and gardening, both of which have yielded material for her poems. Through Chatter House Press she has recently published a poetry collection entitled Dressing for the Weather. She will have copies for sale at tonight’s reading.

9 S. Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, 46219
Wednesday, Jan. 27, @ 7:00 pm

Book Club meeting
We will be discussing The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
Everyone is welcome. 

Thursday, Jan. 28, @ 5:30 pm
Vicky Hamilton book signing
Vicky Hamilton, former manager of Guns & Roses, Poison, etc.,  will be here to sign her new book, Appetite For Dysfunction.  On Friday, Jan. 29, @ 9 pm, she will have one of her current bands, 222, performing in concert at Radio Radio along with Shelby County Sinners and Brother O’Brother.

Sunday, January 31, @ 2 pm
We are hosting a party celebrating the publication of the new Indianapolis Then And Now  with authors Nelson Price and Joan Hostetler and photographer Gary Chilluffo.  This is a new edition which includes pictures of Lucas Oil Field, Irvington United Methodist Church as well as other sites,  This book has been extensively revised (more than half brand new) after going through 10 printings since its debut in 2004.


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: Hilda Davis and Jonathan Holland
Sunday, January 31   3:00 to 4:30 pm
At the Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room

This event is free and open to the public.
 Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Free parking in the back.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Indy Word Lab
Monday, February 1, 7pm – 9pm
Word Lab is an experimental writing group that has been described as, "what writing workshops are SUPPOSED to be". Join us every first Monday for this free event, whether you're a seasoned writer or just starting out. See more about the group here.

Laila Ayoubi reading "Niki's Honor"
Wednesday, February 3, 2pm – 4pm

Join us at the bookstore for Dr. Laila Anwarzai Ayoubi, Associate Professor at Martin University. She has taught at Butler University, and is an author, journalist, and former diplomat, originally from Afghanistan. Her book is “Niki’s Honor.” “Niki’s Honor” is a powerful story about honor killing practices still occurring in many parts of the world against girls and women.


2016 Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series

Daisy Fried
Tuesday, February 2, 7:30 PM
Clowes Memorial Hall, Krannert Room

Daisy Fried is the author of three books of poetry: Women’s Poetry: Poems and Advice (2013), named by Library Journal one of the five best poetry books of 2013; My Brother Is Getting Arrested Again (2006), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; and She Didn’t Mean to Do It (2000), which won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Award. For her poetry, she’s received Guggenheim, Hodder, and Pew fellowships, as well as a Pushcart Prize and the Cohen Award from Ploughshares.

Recent poems have been published in the London Review of Books, The Nation, The New Republic, Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and Best American Poetry 2013. She reviews books of poetry for The New York Times, Poetry, and the Threepenny Review and won the Editors Award from Poetry for “Sing, God-Awful Muse,” an essay about reading Paradise Lost and breastfeeding. She is on the faculty of the Warren Wilson College MFA Program for Writers.

Poetry on Brick Street
Thursday, February 4 at 6:30pm
Featuring poet and columnist, Dan Carpenter
SullivanMunce Cultural Center
225 W Hawthorne St, Zionsville.
Dan Carpenter will read his poetry, which will followed by a brief intermission and an open mic.
The event is free and open to the public.

Carpenter is an Indianapolis-based freelance writer who has contributed poems and stories to many journals. He has published two books of poems, The Art He’d Sell for Love (Cherry Grove, 2015) and More Than I Could See (Restoration, 2009); and two books of non-fiction drawn from his former career as a columnist with The Indianapolis Star. He follows the local literary scene for the online magazine SkyBlueWindow.

The Poetry on Brick Street monthly reading series is a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit, that also publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal and hosts other poetry events.


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 p.m.
at 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
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

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

Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 05, 2016

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