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, August 23 from 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.)

Tonight, instead of a featured poet, we will meet at the Theater at the Fort, then carpool to nearby Fort Harrison Park to write together and create work to submit to the Fort Ben Writer’s project.



Jon Eller Discussion
Wednesday, August 24  6:00 to 7:30pm
Central Library

40 E. St. Clair St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Dr. Jon Eller
will be at the IMCPL Central Library to discuss Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 
Bookmamas will be making books available for sale at this event.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington

Lemonstone Reading Series
Featuring writer Stephen Simms, poet Nancy Chen Long, and jazz-guitarist Matthew Allen
Thursday, August 25, 7 – 9 p.m
Bloomingfoods East Patio Room, 3220 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN
The Bloomington Writers Guild is delighted to feature writer Stephen Simms and poet Nancy Chen Long, along jazz-guitarist Matthew Allen. Join us for a wonderful evening of words and music!
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.

Poetry in Free Motion Combines Beauty and Intricacies of Poems and Quilts

Saturday, August 27 @ 2 p.m.
Greenwood Public Library
310 S. Meridian St., Greenwood
The event is free.
Poetry in Free Motion is a collaborative project between art quilters and poets. This year, poets wrote to the theme “Hoosier Delights: The Best of Indiana.” Their topics ranged from the legendary jazz sounds of Indiana Avenue to the constellation of daffodils near Goethe Link Observatory in Morgan County.
Each quilter was randomly assigned a poem, which they had to interpret in fabric. Those quilts will be revealed to the poets and the public at the Greenwood event. The poets will read their works.

Here are the pairings listed by poet, the poem’s title, the quilter,  and quilt’s title:

· Jason Ammerman
(“Indy Ave.”)/Mary Kenworthy (“Indy Ave.”)
Former Indiana Poet Laureate Joyce Brinkman (“Persimmons”)/Susie Ammerman  (“Persimmons”)
Singer-songwriter Luke Austin Daugherty (“The Lessons of Winter”)/Mary Beth Wren (TBA)
· Mary Place Godsey
(“Shifting Seasons”)/Martha Allan (“Color Play”)
Tipton Poetry Journal Editor Barry Harris (“tribes”)/Suzanne Miller (“Arrowheads”)
· Elizabeth Krajeck
(“In the Wood”)/Linda Rowda (TBA)
· Richard L. Lankford
(“Hoosier Seasons”)/Diane Billiard (“Changing Seasons”)
· Bonnie Maurer
(“Indiana, the Desk I Work From”)/Jo Ann Gates (“Full Moon, Fawns, Fog and Fireflies on the Lost River”)
· Teresa Middleton
(“Sand Mandela”)/Cynthia Holman (“Tibetan Mandela”)
· Lylanne Musselman
(“Love Letter From Indiana”)/Sara Buchwald (“Love Letter From Indiana”)
· Deborah Sellers
(“West Winds Through Indiana”)/Moe Dean (“West Winds Through Indiana”)
· Mary Sexson
(“Beneath Their Beauty”)/Jeanette K. Bagley (“Peony Beauty”)
· John Sherman
(“Hoosier Delights: A Farmer’s Version”)/Tina Brauer (“Hoosier Chickens”)
· Current Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner
(“Helen’s Hill”)/Phyllis Fee

Poetry in Free Motion 2016 is a joint project of Brick Street Poetry Inc. and the Quilt Connection Guild.  For more information, contact Mary Hawn at, (317) 601-5118 or JL Kato at, (317) 938-7026.

9 S. Johnson Ave., Indianapolis, IN  46219

Howe Block Party
Saturday, August 27  5-8pm

The following authors (Howe & Scecina grads) will be available for book signings during the Howe H.S. Annual Block Party:
Jim Cangany - Irving University trilogy
Julie Young
Claire Arbogast - Leave the Dogs At Home

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Mutsa Majero reading Meet Chipo
Saturday, August 27,   3:00pm – 4:30pm
Meet Chipo – a young Zimbabwean girl – as she takes you on a journey of her new life in America on her first day of school, and a reflection of her upbringing in Zimbabwe. Chipo shares the joys and struggles of new adventures, as well as discovering the differences and similarities between her past and present. With the support of her family, and a great sense of belief in herself, Chipo is sure to win the hearts of those around her, and go on to accomplish great things!


The Writers Guild at Bloomington

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the
Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center
With Guest Readers: Andrew Hubbard and Patricia Krahnke
August 28, 2016 @ 3:00–4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 4740

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

Spoken Word Stage at 4th Street Festival
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s Arts Project Grant Program

Labor Day Weekend:
Saturday, September 3    10:30 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday, September 4       10:30 am to 5 pm
Corner of 4th and Dunn Streets
Part of the 4th Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts 

Now in its 6th year, the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival is one of the largest literary performance events in the Midwest, featuring storytelling, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, live radio theatre, and other unique collaborations. And of course, the ever-popular Poetry on Demand table will be staffed with a fleet of poets armed with typewriters ready to deliver!  Go here to see the performance list.

Depauw University
Ross Gay
Wednesday, September 7 @  7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium
Ross Gay is the author of Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015), winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award and a finalist for the National Book Award and the National Books Critics Circle Award; Bringing the Shovel Down (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011); and Against Which (Cavankerry Press, 2006). He is also the co-author of the chapbooks Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens (with Aimee Nezhukumatathil) and River (with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr.).

Gay is an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press and is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin.' He earned a BA from Lafayette College, an MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College, and a PhD in English from Temple University. He teaches at Indiana University.

Valparaiso University English Department & Word Fest
Sharon Solwitz-Fiction Writer
Wednesday, September 7th at 6pm

Brauer Museum of Art, VU Center for the Arts

Free and open to the public

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
Yusef Komunyakaa
Tuesday, September 13, 7:30 PM
Atherton Union, Reilly Room
Komunyakaa began writing poetry in 1973, and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Springs in 1975. His first book of poems, Dedications & Other Darkhorses, was published in 1977, followed by Lost in the Bonewheel Factory in 1979. During this time, he earned his MA and MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University and the University of California, Irvine, respectively.

Komunyakaa first received wide recognition following the 1984 publication of Copacetic, a collection of poems built from colloquial speech which demonstrated his incorporation of jazz influences. He followed the book with two others: I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head, winner of the San Francisco Poetry Center Award; and Dien Cai Dau, which won The Dark Room Poetry Prize and has been cited by poets such as William Matthews and Robert Hass as being among the best writing on the war in Vietnam.

Since then, he has published several books of poems, including The Emperor of Water Clocks, The Chameleon Couch, Warhorses, and Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989 (Wesleyan University Press, 1994), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.


Bad Jobs & Bullshit Book Release & Reading Party

We have no clout whatsoever. We don’t work for a publishing house, we’re not hiding a printing press in a basement, and we aren’t part of whatever mythical body of old white men drinking scotch in a shadowed library determines the literary canon. We’re just people who have worked a lot of bad jobs, and put up with a lot of bullshit, and decided we wanted to hear about how that same phenomenon happened to others.

If you’re reading this, it’s because you want to hear about that too. We think you’ll find the mix of essays, short stories, and poems in this collection speak to common experiences and make you feel less alone in your struggle against the grinding machine of entropy.
Reading Details

    Who: The Geeky Press & Vouched Books Indy
    When: Wednesday, September 14 from 6-7:30 pm
    Where: Metonymy Media in Fountain Square
    Why: Because we made a book.
    What else: Bring $10 so you can buy the book, or you can purchase it ahead of time.

You can RSVP for the reading, but it’s not a requirement! But you should anyway so we know what to expect.
About The Geeky Press
The Geeky Press is a small writers collective based in Indianapolis, Indiana. You can read about us on the site:
About Vouched Books Indy
Vouched Books Indy is a pop-up bookstore that loves small press literature & Indianapolis. We sell books & we host readings & sometimes we write reviews on our website or on Facebook.  Jessica Dyer is a writer (of oh so many things) living in Central Indiana. She’s an associate editor at The Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal and is the author of the chapbook Uterus Poems. She runs Vouched Books Indy (Indianapolis) and is made of star stuff.

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

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.

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 — August 02, 2016

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