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

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!

Go here to see all the events:

Indiana University-Department of English

Reading with Jesse Lee Kercheval and Silvia Guerra - Tuesday October 30th, at 8pm (Faculty Club - IMU)

Silvia Guerra was born in 1961 in Maldonado, Uruguay. Her books include Un mar en madrugado (Hilos Editora, Buenos Aires, 2018), Pulso (Amargod ediciones, Madrid, 2011), and Estampas de un tapiz (Plaquette, Pen Press, New York, 2006). She is also the author of Todo comienzo lugar, co-edited with the Cuban poet José Kozer (Editorial Casa Vacía, RichmondVirginia, 2016) and Fuera del relato (Bassarai, Spain, 2007), a fictionalized biography of Lautréamont. From 2009-2011, she was the co-editor of the seminal Uruguayan poetry press La Flauta Mágica. In 2012 she was awarded the Morosoli Prize in Poetry for her career.

Jesse Lee Kercheval is the author of fourteen books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction including the poetry collection America that island off the coast of France, which won The Dorset Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Her other books include Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; and the memoir Space, winner of an Alex Award from the American Library Association. She is also a translator, specializing in Uruguayan poetry. Her translations include The Invisible Bridge: Selected Poems of Circe Maia and Fable of an Inconsolable Man, by Javier Etchevarren. She is also the editor of América invertida: an anthology of Emerging Uruguayan Poets and Earth, Water and Sky: A Bilingual Anthology of Environmental Poetry. She is the Zona Gale Professor of Poetry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she directors the Program in Creative Writing.

Uncle Dan and Sophie Jam Dan Wakefield
October 31 at 6:30pm
The Jazz Kitchen

5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46220

We will feature the great saxophone player Sophie Faught and I will talk about our own favorite mentors, and our guest will be Steve Allee, the piano player/composer who has been a mentor to many of the musicians of this city (including Sophie herself, and all-star drummer Kenny Phelps).
I hope you can come if you haven't already purchased tickets. You can learn more and buy tickets here.

Yes, the Jam is Halloween night and no, we're not dressing up. But it'll be a great time with great friends. I hope to see you there.

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.

Go here to view all the festival events.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Abe Aamidor reading Letting Go
Saturday, November 3, 6pm – 8pm

Memory of war always loomed large for Dwight Bogdanovic. After all, his immigrant grandfather volunteered to fight in World War I and his working-class father joined up with the Canadian Army to fight the Nazis early in World War II. Yet it is only when Dwight's soldier son, Bertrand, is killed under mysterious circumstances in Afghanistan that he really tries to understand why men fight and die.

You can learn more about book and the author here.

Writers Guild at Bloomington

First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Thomas Gallery

107 N College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47404
The Thomas Gallery is tucked in the little entry patio that belongs to Darn Good Soup.  Walk boldly in as though you were heading for soup- -and then look to your right.
We’ll post signs.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Guest readers are:  Amy Cornell, James Dorr and Lisa Shanahan.

Kellogg Writers Series/UIndy

Indiana Writers Spotlight featuring Angela Palm
Wednesday, November, 7, 
7:30-8:30 p.m
Schwitzer Student Center, Trustees Dining Room (University of Indianapolis)

FREE, open to public

Angela Palm is the author of Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, which won the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Short-listed for the Vermont Book Award and the Indiana Author Award/Emerging Author Award, Riverine was also noted for being an Indie Next selection, a Kirkus Best Book of 2016, and a Powerful Memoir by Powerful Women selected by Oprah.

University of Notre Dame/Creative Writing Series

Sayers/Gernes Alumni Reading, featuring Peter Twal and Thirii Myint
Wednesday, November 7, 7:30-9:00PM
Hesburgh Center Auditorium/Notre Dame

Peter Twal is a Jordanian-American, an electrical engineer, and the author of Our Earliest Tattoos which won the 2018 Etel Adnan Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in The Believer, Best New Poets, Kenyon Review, West Branch, and elsewhere.
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Thirii Myo Kyaw Myint is the author of the lyric novel The End of Peril, the End of Enmity, the End of Strife, a Haven (Noemi Press, 2018) and the family history project Zat Lun, which won the 2018 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing at the University of Denver, the associate editor of Denver Quarterly, and an instructor at Lighthouse Writers Workshop, where she teaches hybrid/experimental forms.

November 7 – 10, 2018
VonnegutFest 2018, the only Vonnegut-centric event in the world, is a city-wide festival in Vonnegut’s hometown of Indianapolis that champions the power of the the arts and humanities to better us as individuals and as a society.  Go here to see all the events.

Ball State University

Visiting Writers Series: Reading by YA Author and Alumnus Jay Coles
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Arts and Journalism Building #225

1001 N McKinley Ave, Muncie, IN 47306
English alumnus Jay Coles reads from his work. Jay is the author of "Tyler Johnson Was Here," an acclaimed young adult novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Return of Sunshine Reading by Norbert Krapf

Saturday, November 10 , 2:00 pm
Dubois County Museum

2407 N. Newton St., Jasper,Indiana
(812) 634-7733.
Books for sale before, during, and after the reading at the Gift Shop,

My new and recently retitled The Return of Sunshine: Poems by a Laureate for Ecstatic Grandparents, is now out. The volume of 67 poems deals with my grandson, Peyton’s multicultural heritage, his evolving skills in speaking English and German, visiting with his American grandparents in both Indianapolis and Regensburg, and his adventures in Germany and Europe with his Colombian-American mother and Franconian (northern Bavaria) father. The third and last section describes Norbert’s visit for a day with Peyton in his outdoor WaldKiga, a kindergarten deep in the woods near Regensburg, Germany.

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

The Great Big Birthday Reading at Second Flight
Saturday, November 10, at 2 PM – 3:30 PM

IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY, so we're bringing lots of our friends together for our biggest reading yet. Hear from lots of Indiana writers including:  Melissa Fraterrigo, Silas Hansen, John Leo, Lauren Mallet, Susan Neville, and Emily Jo Scalzo..
Also, there will be cake!

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Teju ColeTeju Cole
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30 PM
Schrott Center for the Arts

A prodigious novelist, critic, and photographer, Teju Cole was born in the United States and raised in Nigeria—a biographical fact that informs much of his work. His first novel, Open City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Rosenthal Family Foundation Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the New York City Book Award for Fiction, the Internationaler Literaturpreis, and the Windham Campbell Prize for Fiction and was also nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award. Additionally, Open City was named to “best of the year” lists in many publications including The Guardian, Newsweek, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

His novella Every Day Is for the Thief  has been “widely praised as one of the best fictional depictions of Africa in recent memory” (The New Yorker) and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, The Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, and NPR.

Named one of Time’s Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2017, Cole’s most recent book, Blind Spot, is a synthesis of his own full-color photos, each accompanied by selections of lyrical prose. His previous title, Known and Strange Things, was named to that same Time list in 2016 and also was chosen for Kirkus Reviews’ Best Nonfiction of 2016 list and Harper’s Bazaar’s 13 Best Books of 2016.

Cole teaches literature and art history at Bard College, where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence and Achebe Fellow.

Brick Street Poetry South

Wednesday, November 14 at 7pm
Featuring Poetry in Free Motion, a collaboration of quilters and poets
Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis.

The final session of the Brick Street Poetry South series will feature a reading and display of 14 art quilts and 14 poems. Poetry in Free Motion is a collaboration between local poets and quilters in response to the theme "Transitions."

Featured poets are LeVonda Brown, Dawn Fable, Kyle Hunter. JL Kato, Elizabeth Krajeck, Norbert Krapf, Bonnie Maurer, Teresa Middleton, Tracy Mishkin, Lylanne Musselman, Mary Sexson, John Sherman, Christopher Stolle, and Ayla Walter.

Quilters include Jeanette Bagley, Tina Brauer, Wilma Davidson, Myrtle Duty, Jo Ann Gates, Mary Hawn, Cynthia Holman, Mary Kenworthy, Suzanne Miller, Tracy Mishkin, Karen Ratliff, Linda Rowda, Ann Ward, Sandra Wilson, and Mary Beth Wren.


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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