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

Writers Guild at Bloomington

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

Players Pub Spoken Word Series
June 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Players Pub

424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
$5 cover (added to your tab)

There will also be an open mic.

Featuring Jasper Wirtshafter, Nick Wort (South Bend), and Krista Cox (South Bend)
with music by Merrie Sloan


Grab a better understanding of the ecology of Prophetstown State Park on a hike through prairie, wetland and river bank to hear and see the poems created along a paved, one-mile trail.

Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 2 pm. Meet at the beginning of Trail 3, on the far eastern side of the park. Parking lot nearby.


Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Ed Cho reading Little Guardians
Saturday, June 2, 2pm – 4pm

Little Guardians is an all ages fantasy adventure graphic novel series published by Scout Comics. 

When a strange spirit panther starts following Subira around she realizes she may be more than just the local shop girl. The village she lives in is under constant threat from monsters, and the appointed guardian, Tane, can't save everyone alone. Little does Subira know she is actually Tane's daughter and should be fighting alongside him. Can she discover the truth behind her connection to the spirit world in time to help save her village? Combining humor with big adventure Little Guardians is a fun-filled all-ages romp for everyone. 

Poetry Orgy
Sunday, June 3, 3:30pm – 5:30pm


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.

Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite D-7, Lafayette, IN 47904

Bradley Bazzle Reading from Trash Mountain
Thursday, June 14 at 6:30 PM - 8 PM

Join author Bradley Bazzle as he reads from his debut novel, Trash Mountain, winner of the 2016 Red Hen Press Fiction Award, judged by Steve Almond.

About the Novel:
Ben Shippers doesn’t have much use for school, friends, or any members of his family except his smartass sister, but he has a secret passion: Trash Mountain, the central feature of the noxious landfill next to his house. After a botched attempt to destroy Trash Mountain with a homemade firebomb, Ben begins a years-long infiltration that finds him dropping out of school to work alongside homeless trash-pickers, and then, finally, interning at the very place he meant to destroy. Ben’s boss there, a charismatic would-be titan of sanitation, forces Ben to choose between providing for his family and sticking to his terroristic principals. With dark humor, Trash Mountain reflects on life in small southern cities in decline, and on the search for meaning among young people without adult examples.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 01, 2018

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