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

Ronaldo V. Wilson in Indianapolis
Wednesday, January 4  6:00pm
Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana
Join us for a performance by poet Ronaldo Wilson. Wilson earned an BA at the University of California-Berkeley, an MA at New York University, and a PhD at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Discussing poetry’s role in the American imagination, especially as a tool to combat powerful, persistent ideas about race, the body, and trauma, Wilson told Elizabeth Hildreth in Bookslut, “I love poetry for allowing the tools with which one can capture, create and perform such an experience for the reader that tests the shifting limits of trauma by mapping out the power arrangements..."
Cost: Free

Larry Sweazy Book Release in Noblesville
Tuesday, January 10   5:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Stony Creek Marketplace
17090 Mercantile Blvd, Noblesville, Indiana 46060
Local author Larry Sweazy will be launching his new book tonight Where I Can See You. Join us from 5 to 8pm to get your signed copy. This is a great new mystery filled with interesting characters and a vivid sense of place. Larry's other titles will be available as well.

Larry Sweazy Book Release in Indianapolis-Where I Can See You
Saturday, January 14 12:00 PM
Barnes & Noble Booksellers The Shops at River Crossing
8675 River Crossing Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46240

Poetry and Jam in the Gallery: Songs of Loss and Exile
Wednesday, January 11    11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Center for Interfaith Cooperation
1100 W 42nd St, Ste 125, Indianapolis, IN 46208

In January CIC is partnering with other groups to host "Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory," an exhibit of textile art inspired by La Convivencia, the 800 year period in Spain when Christians, Jews and Muslims lived (mostly) in harmony. Every Wednesday in January from 11:30-1:00 CIC will host a reading of the poetry behind the exhibit. Everyone is welcome to join. After the poetry reading, CIC will lead music in the gallery.

Poetry Slam: Nonviolence is the Word
Thursday, January 12    6-8 PM

Center for Interfaith Cooperation
1100 W 42nd St, Ste 125, Indianapolis, IN 46208

It's a poetry slam about the life & legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
3 rounds of 3 minute spoken word pieces. The theme: STOP THE KILLING – RALLY FOR REAL LOVE. L.O.V.E. LET OUR VIOLENCE END

Cash Prizes for 1st - 2nd – 3rd
The winner also gets a Public Performance on Radio One and at the 50TH Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration at St John’s Missionary Baptist Church.
Open to the first 15 Registrants – you must be between the ages of 14-18

To Register, Send: Your Name, Age, Address & Phone Number to:

Sponsored by:
Indiana Christian Leadership Conference
Nur-Allah Islamic Center
Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Indy Writers Resist Reading
Sunday, January 15  
6:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Big Car, Tube Factory Artspace,
1125 S. Cruft
, Indianapolis, IN

On Sunday, January 15, 2017--Dr. King's real birthday--PEN America, an organization that champions freedom of expression and the power of language to transform the world, has invited communities of writers all over the country to host readings of resistance. Our local reading,#IndyWritersResist: Speaking Our Truths to Power, co-sponsored by the Indiana Writers Center and Big Car Collaborative, will be held at Big Car’s Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 S. Cruft Avenue, at 7 p.m. Our event will include brief readings from the U.S. Constitution and a diverse group of two dozen local writers. Afterwards, there will be a cash bar and complimentary snacks.


Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Marlon James
Monday, January 23
@ 7:30
Schrott Center for the Arts
Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book.

James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice.

The Writers Guild At Bloomington

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
January 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Free parking in the back.
This event is free and open to the public.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Guest Readers: Lisa Low and Stephen Hopkins
Lisa Low was born and raised in Maryland. She is the recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and her poems have recently appeared in The Journal, Washington Square Review, The Collagist, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. She is in her third and last year of the MFA program at IU.
Stephen Hopkins is a PhD candidate at Indiana University, where he researches religious literature of the early middle ages and teaches about Vikings and writing. Born in Texas but raised in hopkinsthe Midwest, he moved all over Ohio, often. He now resides in Bloomington with his wife and his muse/cat. His poems have appeared in NEAT magazine.

Recurring Events:

Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at

The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic

Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.

Vibe on Wednesdays

Wednesdays  8 p.m.(Doors open at 7)
Tantrum, 8215 Center Run Dr.
Live band, poetry, art and open mic.
$5- Must be 21 or older.
Meets every other Wednesday. Host: Tony Styxx. Video: https://youtube/8Nzv2eXoYX4*

Poetry Open Mic
Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater

Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre.

Open Mic Night at Books and Brews

Every Thursday 8 p.m.
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. 
Information: (317)288-5136. 



Written by Roxanna Santoro — December 06, 2016

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