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

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.

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.  The program is 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. 



Novelist Ann Patchett Presents 2013 McFadden Lecture

Celebrated author and champion of literary culture Ann Patchett will present the 36th annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture, sponsored by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation, on Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the North Central High School Auditorium, 1801 E. 86th Street. Click here for more details.



April's Poet Laureate of Lawrence

April 23, from 6:30 - 8:30pm
Lawrence Art Center
4437 N. Franklin Rd. Indianapolis 46226. 
Featuring Richard Pflum

Richard Pflum was born on July 2, 1932 in Indianapolis. He has published two collections (A Dream of Salt and A Strange Juxtaposition of Parts) His poems have appeared in Conceit Magazine, Sparrow, Event, Kayak, The Reaper, Flying Island, The Hopewell Review, Ploplop, The Indiana Experience (anthology), A New Geography of Poets (anthology), Bear Crossings (anthology), Glassworks (anthology), Art & Poems (Arts Kaleidoscope, Muncie 2008), Chopin With Cherries (anthology 2010) and the Tipton Poetry Journal.  His most recent collections are the chapbooks: The Haunted Refrigerator and Other Poems, (Pudding House Publications, 2007) and Listening With Others (The Muse Rules Press, 2007). He was a MacDowell Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in the mid 1970’s, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize both in the spring of 2008 and in the fall of 2010. He was a co-winner of the Moving Forward – Cultural Trail Prize where poems have been chosen to be placed in bus stop shelters along a path of esthetic interest through central Indianapolis, 2010.

Following Richard's reading there will be an open mike in which all are invited to share their work.
www.lawrenceartcenter.net    Mark your calendar for upcoming months - we always meet on the 4th Tuesday of the month: Next months poet: May 28, featured poet Linda Lee

Poetry on Brick Street Presents

Poet Sean Patrick Hill
Thursday, May 2, 2013   6:30 pm
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.

Sean Patrick Hill is the author of The Imagined Field (Paper Kite Press, 2010) and Interstitial(BlazeVOX, 2011). He was awarded the Zoland Poetry Fellowship as a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. He reviews poetry for Rain Taxi and Bookslut, and he lives and teaches in Kentucky. He blogs at theimaginedfield.blogspot.com.


Presented by the Writers Guild


First Sunday Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, May 5  3:00 to 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street, Bloomington, IN

With Guest Readers Annette Oppenlander and Tony Brewer
Come early to sign up for the Open Mic


Indy Reads Books


Where: 911 Mass Ave Indianapolis, IN 46202
When:  April 26, 2013 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Author Brian Sweamy will sign his debut novel and speak at Indy Reads Books. Sweamy’s novel, “Exotic Music of the Belly Dancer,” which was described as “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas meets Leave it to Beaver,” by Hunter S. Thompson biographer William McKeen. Sweamy, an Indiana native, has been in the book business since 1996, first as an editor, then as an audiobook publisher, and recently signed a two-book deal with the Writer\\'s Coffee Shop, the independent publishing house that discovered E.L. James, author of “50 Shades of Gray



Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Retrospective Event


 Please join us as we celebrate the 2011-2012 Creative Renewal Arts Fellows with a special retrospective group exhibition and a separate evening of performance at the Indianapolis Art Center - 820 E 67th Street, Indianapolis.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 6-8 pm
A special evening of performances by select Creative Renewal Arts Fellows including poetry, music, and theatrical performances in the Ruth Lilly Library.


Kelly Visiting Writers Series/Depauw University


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

Listen to Your Mother


Celebrate Mother'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


George Bilgere Poetry Reading

Presented by Arts Place, Inc.

Where: 131 E. Walnut St., Portland, IN, 47371-0804 (Jay County)
When:  Friday, May 17, 2013   7:30 PM    

Arts Place will host George Bilgere's Poetry Reading. George Bilgere is the author of five books of poetry. The White Museum was chosen by Alicia Ostriker for the Autumn House Poetry Series in 2010. His 2006 collection, Haywire, was chosen from over 800 manuscripts to win the May Swenson Poetry Award in 2006.  His other honors include a Witter Bynner Fellowship through the Library of Congress, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohioana Award, the Midland Authors Prize, and a Fulbright Fellowship.  Visit George Bilgere’s website at www.georgebilgere.com.

Go here for complete details and directions.


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday,  May 13th    6 pm

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 — April 02, 2013

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