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

Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite D-7, Lafayette, IN 47904
Nadya Skylung Book Launch Party with Author Jeff Seymour
Tuesday, May 15 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for the Launch of Jeff Seymour's middle grade novel Nadya Skylung and the Cloudship Rescue!

This fantasy story features pirates, mystic creatures, the power of team work, and a young female protagonist! Your kids will LOVE this book, and we're so excited to have author Jeff Seymour with us the day it launches!

Jeff will read from the book and sign autographs following the program. Refreshments will also be provided!

Backlist Bookclub: The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck
Public · Hosted by Second Flight Books
Sunday, May 20 at 2 PM - 3 PM
Join us for a discussion of The Women in the Castle, a historical novel by Jessica Shattuck. Snacks provided!  Go here to learn more about the book

Brick Street South Poetry Series

Featuring RSA Poets Wendy Vergoz, Terry Ofner, and Laura Storrs
Wednesday, May 16 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Tube Factory artspace

1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Brick Street Poetry presents Wendy Vergoz, Terry Ofner, and Laura Storrs, poets from the first three Religion, Spirituality and the Arts seminars, directed by Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso. Religion, Spirituality and the Arts brings together writers, visual artists, musicians, and actors to explore and interpret passages from Genesis through their disciplines. Wendy Vergoz, Terry Ofner, and Laura Storrs will read their works from the seminars, touching on themes inspired by stories of the binding of Isaac and Cain and Abel. An open mic follows. Free.

Note: Because of construction on Shelby Street, traffic to the Tube Factory is limited. Enter southbound Shelby Street at Southern Avenue and follow the signs.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Jenny Medenwald reading The Lucky Strikes
Saturday, May 19, 1pm – 3pm

More lightning strikes occur in Arcadia, Florida than anywhere else in the United States. Roxanne Bishop and her father, Jack, are just trying to escape an unfortunate past when they pick Arcadia, thinking it's their best chance to blend in. Unfortunately for Roxie, she falls victim to Arcadia's claim to fame and suffers a lightning strike and, subsequently, some very interesting side effects.

Even more alone than before, and desperate to find others like her, Roxie searches for a support group for lightning strike survivors. When she comes across an article on The Lucky Strikes, she think she's found the perfect opportunity to rebuild her identity.

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J.T. Grainger reading The World Beyond the Stairs: Mary's Journey
Sunday, May 20, 3pm – 5pm- Indy Reads

During a terrible ice storm, Mary Reynolds is separated from her husband and children for the night. She takes refuge in her grandmother’s house. Being unable to sleep, she finds herself in her grandmother’s basement and unwittingly opens an invisible doorway to a strange new world called Divinity. In this wondrous land, adults become children and all living creatures are able to communicate with one another through a special telepathic bond. But, all is not as it seems. For, this world is governed by an evil tyrant named Count Devursuraac who will stop at nothing to make sure his rule continues. Mary must face great odds as she traverses the countryside with a group of young companions she meets along the way, all in the hopes of finding a new doorway that will take her back home to her family.

Monday, May 21,  7:00– 9:00 PM
The Jazz Kitchen (Side B)
5377 N. College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

If you've ever dreamed of getting up on stage and sharing your favorite song, story, poem, joke, dance moves, monologues... THIS IS FOR YOU! Gail Payne, a local cabaret singer and actor, invites ALL ARTISTS and ANYONE WHO LOVES LIVE THEATRE to this monthly open mic night to share your talent and get to know other artists in a FUN, SUPPORTIVE, and RESPECTFUL environment.
COST Suggested* $10 per person + $ for a drink/snack (no minimum!). Tickets CASH ONLY at the door. Performers register at the door. Each performer will be given 5 minutes; please respect your time to make time for others. No experience required. (*Pay what you can.)
The Playground is held the last Monday of the month, 7 pm, in various locations around Indianapolis.

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

Tuesday, May 22 from 7-9 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. This month there is no featured poet. In honor of May’s leaf-opening trees, we will have an eco-poetry writing workshop and create/share new poetry about trees and our relationship with them.

Writers Guild at Bloomington

Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, May 27 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Monroe County Convention Center

302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
With guest readers Michael Luis Dauro and Rachel Ronquillo Gray.
Followed by an Open Mic!
It’s all free! Free parking in the back too.
Michael Luis Dauro is a Canto Mundista living in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a Millay Colony Resident Artist, Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist, and Pushcart Prize nominee. His work has also appeared in As Us, Story Scape, Rattle, Sonora Review, Phantom Drift, and others. Michael is a graduate from the Creative Writing MFA Program at Indiana University and is currently working on his speculative epic, Sierra Amnezia. He’s also totally non-ironically into spaghetti westerns and pro wrestling.
Rachel Ronquillo Gray was born and raised in rural Nevada, and holds an MFA from Indiana University. She is a Kundiman and Pink Door fellow, as well as an alum of the VONA and Las Dos Brujas writing workshops. Her work has appeared in Puñeta: Political Pilipinx Poetry, Digging Through the Fat, Winter Tangerine Review, Radar Poetry, As/Us, Lantern Review, and other places. She currently lives, writes, and makes lots of food in Bloomington, Indiana.

Fountain Square Poetry Series
Friday, June 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Fountain Square Mall Atrium
101 W Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404
Featuring poets Pauletta Hansel, Jelani Ince, Maurisa Li-A-Ping, and Lisa Low
with musician Brandon Pfeiffer
Free Admission and Free Raffle

Poetry on Brick Street
Featuring Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka
Thursday, June 7; 7 p.m.
at SullivanMunce Cultural Center

225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
Brick Street Poetry presents Indiana Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka, who was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He earned his BA from Indiana University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His first collection of poems,The Devil’s Garden (2003), won the 2002 New York / New England Award. His second collection, Mixology (2009), was a winner of the National Poetry Series. Mixology was a finalist for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. The Big Smoke (2013), which focuses on the life of the boxer Jack Johnson, was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. His most recent book is Map to the Stars (2017). Matejka is the recipient of fellowships the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lannan Foundation. He teaches creative writing at Indiana University in Bloomington. Matejka will be presenting his student Chudeni Oputa. An open mic follows. Free.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 01, 2018

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