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, June 26  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 our featured author is Mark Lilley.

Mark's poems have appeared in Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, Red Rock Review, Naugatuck River Review, Southern Indiana Review, and other literary journals. He is completing his MFA degree in poetry at Butler University where he plans to graduate this spring. Mark is a vice-president and senior manager at American Funds, a financial services company. He lives in Fishers, Indiana with his wife and two children.

Artist Indrustry Nights
Artist Industry Nights: June at Gallery 924 & The Cabaret
Hosted by Gallery 924 at the Arts Council and Arts Council of Indianapolis   
Wednesday, June 27 at 6 PM - 8 PM
Gallery 924 at the Arts Council
924 N Pennsylvania St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Tickets are Free/Go here

For each event, the Arts Council partners with a different organization and/or venue to bring together the most diverse and interesting group of artists for drinks, nibbles, and conversation. This is not a meeting so don't worry about coming in late and please, come as you are. All artists are welcome.

This month we will gather in downtown Indy at Gallery 924 at the Arts Council and get an exclusive look at the new The Cabaret theater space, all in the Arts Council of Indianapolis building at 924 N. Penn.

Free parking just to the south of Gallery 924 or across the street at the Lucille Raines apartment parking lot as well as street parking.
Questions: e-mail us at

James Whitcomb Riley Poetry Series: Gordon Bonham & Norbert Krapf
Thursday, June 28 at 7PM
James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
528 Lockerbie Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

First in our 2018 Poetry Series, former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf will present with jazz guitarist Gordon Bonham. You will LOVE this union of poetry & music| FREE admission & refreshments!


Hosted by The Round: A Poetry Reading Series and Tube Factory artspace

Thursday, June 28 at 7-8PM

Tube Factory artspace

1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Come hear three awesome poets read their work! At the reading, you can enter to win one of two free copies of SOUTHERN TONGUES LEAVE US SHINING by Mark Wagenaar. Snacks are free, and drinks are available for purchase. (Drink proceeds support Tube Factory artspace.)

Mark Wagenaar is the author of three books of poetry, Southern Tongues Leave Us Shining (Red Hen Press, July 2018), The Body Distances (A Hundred Blackbirds Rising) (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016), and Voodoo Inverso (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, 32 Poems, Field, and elsewhere. He is an Assistant Professor at Valparaiso University.

Chelsea Wagenaar is the author of Mercy Spurs the Bone (Anhinga Press, 2015), which was selected for the 2014 Philip Levine Prize in Poetry. Her second collection, The Spinning Place, is the winner of the 2018 Michael Waters Prize and is forthcoming in 2019. Her poems have appeared in Blackbird, TriQuarterly Review, North American Review, and elsewhere. She is a Lilly Fellow at Valparaiso University in Indiana.

Brianna Pike is an Associate Professor of English at Ivy Tech Community College and Editorial Assistant at The Indianapolis Review. Her poems have appeared in So to Speak, Connotation Press, Glassworks, Gravel, Heron Tree, Mojave River Review, and elsewhere.


Poetry on Brick Street
featuring Wisconsin poet Timothy Robbins
Thursday, July 5; 7 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center

225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville
Free/An open mic follows.
Timothy Robbins
Timothy Robbins teaches ESL. He has a B.A. in French and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics. His poems have appeared in Tipton Poetry Journal, Three New Poets, Slant, Main Street Rag, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Off The Coast and others. His collection Denny’s Arbor Vitae was published in 2017. He lives with his husband of twenty years in Kenosha, Wisconsin, birthplace of Orson Welles.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

First Friday with Vanessa Monfreda and RE Ford
Friday, July 6 at 7 PM - 9 PM

This month, we are featuring collages from local artist Vanessa Monfreda. At 7pm, local poet RE Ford will read as well. Check out his recent work here:

15% of proceeds from the Indy Reads Books Art Gallery support our adult literacy programs.

Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave, Suite D-7, Lafayette, IN 47904
Lady Killers: A Discussion on Female Killers w/Tori Telfer
Saturday, July 7 at 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a talk with author Tori Telfer about her book Lady Killers.

When you think of serial killers throughout history, the names that come to mind are ones like Jack the Ripper, John Wayne Gacy, and Ted Bundy. But what about Tillie Klimek, Moulay Hassan, Kate Bender? The narrative we’re comfortable with is the one where women are the victims of violent crime, not the perpetrators. In fact, serial killers are thought to be so universally, overwhelmingly male that in 1998, FBI profiler Roy Hazelwood infamously declared in a homicide conference, “There are no female serial killers.” 

Lady Killers, based on the popular online series that appeared on Jezebel and The Hairpin, disputes that claim and offers fourteen gruesome examples as evidence.

Tori Telfer is a freelance writer who writes frequently about crime, history, and the law. Her work has appeared in Salon, Vice, Jezebel, the Hairpin, the Awl, GOOD magazine, the Establishment, Racked, and elsewhere. She majored in creative writing at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, home of several infamous male serial killers and a forgotten female one. Lady Killers is her first book.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — June 05, 2018

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