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

Brick Street Poetry South
Come hear the amazing Allyson Horton
Wednesday, October 17 at 7:00pm
Tube Factory artspace

1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis.
An open mic follows. Free admission.

Allyson Horton is a native of Indianapolis. She graduated from Indiana University and received her MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University. Her poetry has been published in the anthology Turn the Page and You Don’t Stop! Sharing Successful Chapters in Our Lives with Youth and also featured in The Wabash Watershed a journal highlighting six Indiana women poets, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, The Indianapolis Review, and most recently, It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop (Arcana Press). Her work is also featured in the anthology: Brilliant Flame! a collection of literature on the life and legacy of Amiri Baraka as well as a collection of essays and poems entitled Not Our President: New Directions from the Pushed Out, The Others and the Clear Majority in Trump's Stolen America (TWPF). Her work appears in African Voices magazine (Spring issue, 2018). Horton’s first book of poetry, Quick Fire, is published by Third World Press Foundation (February 2018). Currently, she teaches and resides in Indianapolis.

Marilyn K. Cory Speaker Series/Ball State University
Visiting Writers Series: Reading by Poet Marianne Boruch

Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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Acclaimed Indiana poet Marianne Boruch reads from her work and speaks with Ball State students about poetry and the writing life.

Marianne Boruch is the author of nine books of poems, most recently Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing, and Cadaver, Speak. An essayist as well as a poet, Boruch has also published the critical works The Little Death of SelfIn the Blue Pharmacy and Poetry’s Old Air, as well as a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler. Boruch has earned fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She developed the creative writing MFA program at Purdue University in 1997, serving as its first director until 2005. She currently lives in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Ann Katz Festival
Oct 17-Nov 12, 2018

The JCC’s 20th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts presented by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation with generous annual support from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund is a three-week festival featuring local, national and international authors, films and filmmakers, performing artists and fine artists!
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The Ann Katz Festival Pass allows the holder entrance to any of the festival’s events for one low price. Without purchasing a pass, events are $10 each unless noted otherwise.
* The Festival Pass does not include admission to any Mitch Albom events.
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Purdue University Literary Reading Series

Presents author Whitney Terrell
Thursday, October 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Krannert Auditorium
, Room 140
403 W State St, West Lafayette, IN 47907 (on the Purdue campus)
This event is free and open to the public
Whitney Terrell’s novel, The Good Lieutenant (FSG) was selected as a best book of 2016 by The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and Refinery 29. It was long-listed for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. He is also the author of The Huntsman, a New York Times notable book, and The King of Kings County. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq during 2006 and 2010 and covered the war for the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, and NPR. His nonfiction has additionally appeared in The New York Times, Harper's, and The New Republic. He is the co-host of the Fiction/Non/Fiction podcast at Literary Hub and teaches at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Q&A to be held on campus at 4:30pm in WALC B093.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Deborah Dunlevy reading TWIN
Saturday, October 20, 2pm – 4pm

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follow her on twitter: @debdunlevy

Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904
Backlist Bookclub: Sing Unburied Sing
Sunday, October 21  2:00-3:00pm

Join us for our monthly book club! All are welcome! We'll be discussing Sing, Unburied, Sing, winner of the National Book Award.
Jesmyn Ward’s historic second National Book Award–winner is “perfectly poised for the moment” (The New York Times), an intimate portrait of three generations of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle. “Ward’s writing throbs with life, grief, and love… this book is the kind that makes you ache to return to it” (Buzzfeed).

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

Tuesday, October 23 from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
Sterrett Center

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 author/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. This month our featured author is Tracy Mishkin.
Tracy Mishkin at Writers ResistThis is Still Life
Tracy is a call center veteran with a PhD and a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing at Butler University. She is the author of three chapbooks, I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press, 2014), The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press, 2016), and This is Still Life (Brain Mill Press, 2018).

University of Notre Dame/Creative Writing Series

Presenting Eileen Myles
Wednesday, October 24, 7:30-9:00PM
102-104 McKenna Hall

Eileen Myles is the author of more than twenty books, including Afterglow (a dog memoir), Inferno (a poet’s novel), Chelsea Girls, and Cool For You. Myles’s many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, four Lambda Literary Awards, the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, as well as grants from Creative Capital (nonfiction) and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (poetry), and the an Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI

Writer Dan Chaon (The 2018 Ray Bradbury Visiting Writer Lecture)
Thursday, October 25 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Basile Auditorium

Herron School of Art & Design 735 West New York Street, Indianapolis

Indiana Humanities, the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute, The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, and the Rufus & Louise Reiberg Readings Series present writer Dan Chaon.
Dan Chaon’s most recent book is Ill Will, a national bestseller, named one of the ten best books of 2017 by Publishers Weekly. Other works include the short story collection Stay Awake (2012), a finalist for the Story Prize; the national bestseller Await Your Reply, and Among the Missing, a finalist for the National Book Award. Chaon’s fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize Anthologies, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, the Shirley Jackson Award, and he was the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Chaon lives in Ohio and teaches at Oberlin College. This reading is free and open to the public.

This reading is made possible by a generous grant from Indiana Humanities. Chaon also will visit the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies, where letters he wrote to Bradbury as a young, aspiring writer are archived among Bradbury's papers and files.

Indiana University-Department of English

2018 Cider Fest Reading

Saturday, October 27, 2:15 PM -
3:15 PM
Bloomington Community Orchard
2120 S. Highland Ave. in Winslow Woods Park adjacent to the Willie Streeter Community Garden and the YMCA 

Indiana Review has an event coming up this month! Our readers this year are Soo Jin Lee, Bree Jo'Ann, Simone Person, and Stacey Lynn Brown.  Literature & cider & fall trees in the background!

Poetry on Brick Street

We welcome wonderful poet and IUPUI Associate Professor Mitchell L.H. Douglas!
Thursday, November 1  at 7 PM
SullivanMunce Cultural Center

225 West Hawthorne
Zionsville IN.
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Mitchell L. H. Douglas is the author of dying in the scarecrow’s arms, \blak\ \al-fə bet\, winner of the Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, an NAACP Image Award, and Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominee. In her review of dying in the scarecrow’s arms in the April 2018 issue of O: The Oprah Magazine, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith says Douglas’ latest is among a crop of recent poetry collections that “deliver truth with originality and grace.”

His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop(Haymarket Books), Crab Orchard Review, and Ninth Letter, and among others. He is a co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, a Cave Canem graduate, and Associate Professor of English at IUPUI.

Indiana Humanities Poetry Tour with Tracy K. Smith

Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Brick Street Poetry and the Indianapolis Public Library, are excited to welcome U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith to Indiana for a poetry tour from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29. The events will be held in Greencastle, Hanover, Indianapolis, and Shelbyville and will be free and open to the public. However, advance tickets are required and seating is limited. Reserve yours today. More information at:…

Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 02, 2018

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