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

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, July 26   6:30-8:30 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side

8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  Our featured poet will be Shari Wagner.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side! 

Shari Wagner is Indiana Poet Laureate for 2016 and 2017 and the author of two books of poems—Evening Chore and The Harmonist at Nightfall: Poems of Indiana. She teaches poetry and memoir writing for the Indiana Writers Center and literature for Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality & the Arts seminar. Her poems have appeared in The Writer’s Almanac, American Life in Poetry, North American Review, and Shenandoah. 


9 Johnson Ave,Indianapolis, IN 46219

Book club meeting with Melissa Fraterrigo
Wednesday, July 27  7-8pm

We will be discussing The Longest Pregnancy with author Melissa Fraterrigo. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Join us for a V.I.P. (Very Important Potter) party!  

Help us celebrate Harry Potter's Birthday and the release of the 8th book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 on Sunday, July 31 at 2 pm.  Refreshments will be served and costume judging will take place at 2:30 pm.  There will be a participants' parade at 3 pm, weather permitting.

Books will be available for sale and preordered books can be picked up anytime during our regular Sunday hours (Noon-4 pm).


Book Drive to Restock The Public Collection’s Free Book Share Stations Begins.

More than 22,000 books—approximately 500 a week—have been distributed in less than a year.

The Public Collection, an art and literacy project that provides free books for readers of all ages, is hosting a book drive to restock the shelves of its nine Indianapolis-area book share stations.
Gently-used books of all kinds can be donated at:
Indianapolis Public Library branch locations
Indianapolis City Market (2nd floor)
Chase Tower
Garden Table restaurant in Broad Ripple
Athleta at The Fashion Mall

Large donations can be delivered to the Library Services Center at 2450 N. Meridian St., or donors can also call (317) 275-4700 to arrange large pickups.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Heather Chastain Reading & Giveaway
Saturday, July 30, 1pm – 3pm

Caroline Girls is an endearing tale of a kind and imaginative little girl who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask for it! Beautifully illustrated by Marilena Perilli, Caroline Girls features the daily adventures of lovable Caroline, a curly haired, blue-eyed little lady with a heart of gold and an aversion to naps!

There will be goodies for kids, and a giveaway for the parents!

Tina Jackson's Go Deeper
Sunday, July 31, 2pm – 5pm
Go Deeper: Life Lessons that Took Me from Merely Surviving to Purposeful Living
Years of abuse and neglect created in me the desire to grant mercy and forgive quickly. My prayer is that Go Deeper will open up a dialogue within you that will begin your own journey towards a greater sense of compassion and understanding. As you take this journey with me, allow your walls of selfishness, anger, and strife to fall completely down. This will make way for an awakening in your spirit, leading you into a deeper understanding of grace and mercy, while ushering in awesome healing power. I invite you to take a little walk with me through my personal journeys of love: the ones that caused me pain, the ones that made me grow, and the ones that continue to feed my spirit to this day.
Here is the author's website:

The Writers Guild at Bloomington

First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, August 7 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Boxcar Books
408 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408

With featured readers Cole Hardman, Shayne Laughter, Patsy Rahn
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Award Winning Poet Ross Gay to speak at Book Club event
Tuesday, August 9 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center122 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47404
The Whikehart Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Ross Gay’s most recent book Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, is the winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is currently a nominee for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award and a finalist for the Ohioana Book Award.  Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Balcones Poetry Prize, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.


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 — July 05, 2016

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