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

[Indiana] Poem in Your Pocket

On Thursday, April 18, 2013

The idea is simple: select a poem you love and carry it with you all day Thursday, April 18 to share with friends, family, co-workers, and people you meet on the street.

"Poem in Your Pocket" is a nationwide initiative to celebrate the pleasures of poetry during National Poetry Month. Poems will be unfolded throughout the day with events in parks, libraries, schools, workplaces and bookstores all over America!

Join members and friends of the Indiana Writers Center celebrate [Indiana] Poem in Your Pocket by distributing poems by Indiana poets and other poets you love as you go about your day.  Indiana has its share of accomplished contemporary poets.

Click on the links to download some great poems by Indiana poets to share with family, friends, and colleagues on Poem in Your Pocket Day.

Poem Group #1   Poem Group #2   Poem Group #3   Poem Group #4  Go to the National Poem in Your Pocket page here



The Indianapolis Branch of the Vonnegut Library Book Club will meet on Thursday, March 28, at the Emelie Building in downtown Indianapolis (340 N. Senate Avenue) at 11:30 a.m. The library does not open until noon, but you can enter through Katz & Korin and come back to the board room. We will be studying Vonnegut's Fates Worse Than Death. Please join us, even if you haven't read it in a while. 


Celebration of National Poetry Month

Midwest Writers Workshop presents a POETRY READING, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at Vera Mae's Bistro, 209 South Walnut Street, Muncie, Ind.
To celebrate April's National Poetry Month, join us to hear Indiana's Poet Laureate Karen Kovacik and poet Mark Neely.   


Poetry on Brick Street


Presenting Alessandra Lynch as the featured poet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday April 4, 2013

Eagle Creek Coffee Company (http://www.eaglecreekcoffee.com/),
10 South Main Street; Zionsville, Indiana 46077.
Coffee, food and drinks from Eagle Creek's menu will be available for sale.

Alessandra Lynch is the author of two collections of poetry: It Was a Terrible Cloud at Twilight (Louisiana State University Press, 2008) and Sails the Wind Left Behind (Alice James Books, 2002). Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, among other journals. Lynch teaches in the creative writing program at Butler University. An open mic for other poets will follow the guest poet's reading.


Celebrate National Poetry Month by experiencing poetry at the Greenwood Public Library

With a new exhibit and a visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate.  The Indiana Poetry exhibit will feature the work of 20 living Indiana poets and be available for viewing during the month of April in the Library's first floor exhibit hall. The exhibit is made possible by Indiana Humanities and Indiana Poet Laureate, Karen Kovacik.  "I'm grateful to Indiana Humanities and to the Greenwood Public Library for showcasing the fine work of poets from around the state." states Kovacik.  To learn more about Indiana Humanities visit their website www.indianahumanities.org.

Kovacik will be at the Library for an "Evening of Poetry" on Tuesday,April 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  Participants will have a chance to meet the Poet Laureate, enjoy a few poetry readings and try their hand at writing a few poems of their own.  Young poets in kindergarten through 5th grade can make poetry fit to eat at an Edible Poetry program on Thursday, April 25th from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  Both programs are free, but registration is required.  Register by calling 881-1953 or by visiting www.greenwoodlibrary.us.

Poets Represented in the Indiana Poetry exhibit include: Jennifer Luebbers, Francisco Aragon, JL Kato, Mary Sexson, Gaye McKenney, Stephen R. Roberts, Darla K. Crist, Allyson Horton, Catherine Tufariello, Jean Harper, Michael Brockley, Marcus Wicker, Angela Elles, Katerina Tsiopos Wills, Roger Pfingston, Edward Byrne, Matthew D. Jackson, George Kalamaras, Dana Roeser, and Mary Fell. 


The Writers Guild at Bloomington 



Poetry & Prose Reading in honor of Women's History Month
With Jenny Kander, Alyce Miller and Shana Ritter
Friday March 29,  6:00 pm
The Venue   114 S. Grant St.

First Sunday Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, April 7    3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books, 408 East 6th Street
With guest readers: Rebekah Spivey, Molly Gleeson, Beau Vallance and special guest Frank Montesonti, who is on book tour.
Come early to sign up for the OPEN MIC.


Kellogg Writing Series

When:  Thursday, April 4,  7:30PM
Where: TBD
Quan Barry, Poet

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series/IUPUI


When: Thursday, April 11, 7:30 p.m.
Where: University Library Lilly Auditorium
Fiction Writer Donald Ray Pollock   

Notre Dame Creative Writing Program

When: Wednesday, April 3,  7:30 p.m.|
Where: Eck Center Auditorium
Alex MacLeod & Valerie Sayers, fiction writers

When: Monday, April 8,  7:30 p.m.
Where: Eck Center Auditorium
Aase Berg, Poet

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writing Series

When: Monday, April 1 (No foolin'!)  7:30 pm
Where:  Johnson Room, Robertson Hall
Albert Goldbarth

When: Wednesday, April 17   7:30
Johnson Room, Robertson Hall
Julianna Baggott


Purdue University Visiting Writers Series

Karen Russell, Fiction Reading
Tuesday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium, Room 140

Purdue Literary Awards
Featuring Poet and Memoirist Mark Doty
Monday, April 8  8 pm
Fowler Hall, Stewart Center

Kelly Visiting Writers Series/Depauw University


When: Wednesday, April 10,  7:30 PM
Where: Peeler Auditorium
Poet, Shane Book

When: Wednesday, April 24th,  7:30 PM
Where: Meharry Hall, East College
George Saunders, fiction writer

Listen to Your Mother


Celebrate Mothers's Day with Live Readings by Local Writers

10% of the ticket proceed go to Partners in Housing
Tickets:  $16.00 through April 15/$20.00 after April 15th and at the door
Buy tickets online at www.indianahistory.org

FEATURING:  Natalie Cheung Hall, Danielle Havens, Liza Hyatt, Amy Linneman, Amy Magan, Bonnie Maurer, Michelle McNally, Hillary Melchiors, Judy Miller, Amber Page, Rachel Snyder, Heather Sokol, Robyn Welling, Katrina Willis


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday,  April 8th   6 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 vmoore@greenwoodlibrary.us

We hope to see you there!

Written by Roxanna Santoro — March 02, 2013

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