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

VOCAB featuring TJ Reynolds/ Januarie York/ 3DMothership
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM
The White Rabbit Cabaret

1116 Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

This will be a MUST SEE show!!
3DMOTHERSHIP is coming to us live from Detroit! They are a alternative hiphop group made up of a Poet/vocalist , a conscious M.C. and a Cosplay DJ. Check out their work at

Also featuring one if Indianapolis's leading spoken word artists, Januarie York. She KILLED it at our 12 year anniversary show and we are excited to have her back for his amazing night.

Special Guest performance by TJ Reynolds . One of the greatest to do it, in town from Boston.

Don't forget we will be having our coveted OPEN-MIC as well.
This is a 21+ event . $10 cash  . Door opens 7pm/Show starts at 8pm.

Punch! Punch! Punch! Release Party
Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

"PUNCH! PUNCH! PUNCH!" is the result of a collaboration between Rabbit Alice and the Thistle Root Consortium, two trans + queer poets and artists based in Indianapolis. "PUNCH! PUNCH! PUNCH!" is the coming of age story of two trans + queer children framed around and through the authors' simultaneous replay of Pokemon Fire Red and Leaf Green. The story is told through two parallel lines of prose poetry set in multi-media collages.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Asa Dunnington reading "Selectively Lawless: The True Story of Emmett Long, an American Original"
Saturday August 17, 1pm – 3pm

In the early 20th century, money, power, and reputation were king. With outlaws such as Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson roaming the streets, it was a lawless time, with lawless individuals taking their fates and fortunes into their own hands. Emmett Long was one of these said individuals. Bank robber, moonshiner, gambler, and on occasion even taking a man's life, he made his own rules and broke them whenever he pleased. But he varied from the typical story, and didn't die at the young age of 30-something in a blaze of guns and fury. Instead he lived to a ripe age, reformed his ways, found Christianity, married a good woman, raised a family and became a successful rancher. Not the expected turn of events for such a lawless beginning. A new twist to the classic Great Depression outlaw narrative, Asa Dunnington shamelessly shares the life story of his uncle in Selectively Lawless: The True Story of Emmett Long, an American Original.

Phil Stephens reading "The Alter Boy"
Saturday, August 24, 12pm – 2pm

A dark tale of comedy, sorrow and the Catholic Church in the 1960's.

Julie Young reading “The Burger Chef Murders in Indiana”
Saturday, August 24, 6pm – 8pm

The evening of November 17, 1978, should have been like any other for the four young crewmembers closing the Burger Chef at 5725 Crawfordsville Road in Speedway, Indiana. After serving customers and locking the doors for the night, the kids began their regular cleanup to ready the restaurant for the following day. But then something went horribly wrong. Just before midnight, someone muscled into the place, robbed the store of $581 and kidnapped the four employees. Over the next two days, investigators searched in vain for the missing crewmembers before their bodies were discovered more than twenty miles away. The killer or killers were never caught. Join Julie Young on an exploration of one of the most baffling cold cases in Indiana history.

Poetry at the Yard at Coal Yard Coffee
Monday, August 19 at 7PM    
Coal Yard Coffee

5547 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

This month come out and share some snazzy work or your best "what I did for summer vacation" poem. Show kicks off st 7 PM promptly. Bring friends. Bring family. Bring that one person you always see finding easily on the laptop keys at your local coffeehouse.

Speakeasy: A Storytelling Show
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7 PM – 11 PM
White Rabbit

1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Come all ye faithful and those filled with doubt, come hear our humble tales of the sacred, the profane, and the Divine Mystery. Come lose your religion or find a new one as Speakeasy Presents: Are You There, God? It’s Speakeasy

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, August 27 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.)

Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – we host a monthly featured author followed by an open reading that happens on the 4th Tuesday of each month. 

This month is the Poet's Pilgrimage part 3 – Everyone is featured poet – bring new works that you want to share.


Poets Attack! ft. Gabrielle Patterson
Wednesday, August 28, at 7- 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

Join us for this month's Poets Attack event. We'll be featuring local sensation, Gabrielle Patterson and more TBA!

Gabrielle Patterson is a slam poet and motivational speaker who hails from Indianapolis Indiana. She has been working within the Arts and poetry community for the last 10 years, and is the winner of multiple poetry slam competitions all over the country. She has opened for national acts such as R&B singers Erykah Badu and Anthony Hamilton, along with one of the stars of morning talk show, THE TALK, Sheryl Underwood. In 2013 she was a competitor in the Rustbelt Regional competition and finished in the finals. The title of play write is another aspect of her writing where she takes pride. In 2008, Gabrielle wrote her first play called THE OTHER WOMAN, which was seen in poetry venues in Indianapolis to rave reviews. In 2014, she released her newest play called THE WIZER OF ODD to sold out crowds it's opening weekend.

Get in, get culture, get out. This is the motto of Poets Attack. The last Wednesday of each month, for 90 minutes or less, Irvington Vinyl & Books hosts two talented local poets and pairs them with visiting writers from out of state. The goal is to connect Hoosier poets with writers from across the United States, and to build relationships between our local scene and the world outside.


Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series-Butler University

Madeline Miller
Monday, September 9, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium

Map of South Campus with Shelton Auditorium and Parking Lot
Free and open to the public without tickets. 

Madeline Miller’s second novel, Circe (2018), a feminist response to the Odyssey, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Her first novel, The Song of Achilles (2011), which hypothesized a romance between Achilles and Patroclus in the Iiad, was also a New York Times bestseller and won the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Miller’s novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages, including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic, and Greek. Like all classists, Miller believes that retelling stories gives them a way to live again, allowing their ancient wisdoms and equally ancient blind spots to be seen by new generations of readers. Her re-writings imbue age-old tests from Ovid to Homer to Virgil with contemporary relevance.

For twenty years now, Miller has taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students. She earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University, and studied the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms at the University of Chicago’s Committee on Social Thought and in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama.


Written by Roxanna Santoro — August 06, 2019

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