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

The World We Live(d) In

When and Where:
Sunday, November 10, 2019 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
at JCC Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46240

Special Venue Instructions: Free parking. Use doors #3 or #5.

Presenter(s):  Dance Kaleidoscope
Cost:  Free

Image Credit: Libby

Event Description:

A juxtaposition of social the justice climate of yesterday and today interpreted through poetry and dance.

How have our views on issues like race, inequality, climate change, gender, and immigration changed through the course of history? How have poets interpreted these views? The Indiana Writers Center has combed their online literary journal, “Flying Island,” and other sources for work from the recent and not so recent past to juxtapose with contemporary writing submitted by Central Indiana residents in an anthology released during the festival. Dance Kaleidoscope dancers will create a visual comparison of these selections through original choreography presented at the JCC on Sunday, November 10th. Performance attendees will also have the opportunity to create their own “blackout” or “book” poems in a guided art-making experience with Indianapolis Art Center teaching artists. Through this program we hope to explore the evolution of our community’s ideas, values, and revolutionary thoughts. 

Parking in the JCC parking lot is free. If parking in the back lot, enter through door 5. If parking in the front lot adjacent to Hoover Rd., enter through door 3.

RSVPs encouraged by Nov. 9.  


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

Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

We're celebrating some stellar new books in the universe. Paige Lewis will read from Space Struck, and Shira Erlichman will read from Odes to Lithium.  Also featuring poets Angel Nafis and Kaveh Akbar. This is going to be one epic night of poetry!

Paige Lewis is the author of Space Struck (Sarabande Books, 2019). Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and elsewhere. Lewis is the curator of the Youtube series Ours Poetica. They currently teach at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA program at Randolph college.

Shira Erlichman is a poet, musician, and visual artist. She was born in Israel and immigrated to the US when she was six. Her poems explore recovery –– of language, of home, of mind –– and value the "scattered wholeness" of healing. She earned her BA at Hampshire College and has been awarded the James Merrill Fellowship by the Vermont Studio Center, the Visions of Wellbeing Focus Fellowship at AIR Serenbe, as well as a residency by the Millay Colony. Her work has been featured in Buzzfeed Reader, The Rumpus, PBS NewsHour’s Poetry Series, The Huffington Post and The New York Times, among others. Her debut poetry book, Odes to Lithium, came out in September 2019. She is also the author and illustrator of the picture book Be/Hold. When not on tour, she lives in Brooklyn where she teaches writing and creates.

Angel Nafis is the author of BlackGirl Mansion (Red Beard Press, 2012). She earned her BA at Hunter College and her MFA in poetry at Warren Wilson College. Her work has appeared in BuzzFeed Reader, them, Poetry Magazine, The BreakBeat Poets anthologies series and elsewhere. Nafis is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Millay Colony, the Poetry Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Founder and curator of the Greenlight Bookstore Poetry Salon, she is also half of the ODES FOR YOU Tour with poet, musician, and visual artist Shira Erlichman, and with poet Morgan Parker, she runs The Other Black Girl Collective. Reading poems and facilitating workshops across the country she lives and works in Brooklyn.

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear in The New Yorker, Poetry, The New York Times, Paris Review, The Nation, Best American Poetry, The New Republic, The Guardian, American Poetry Review, The Poetry Review, PBS NewsHour, and elsewhere. His second full-length volume of poetry, Pilgrim Bell, will be published by Graywolf in 2021. His debut, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is out now with Alice James in the US and Penguin in the UK. He is also the author of the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, published in 2016 by Sibling Rivalry Press. The recipient of honors including a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, multiple Pushcart Prizes, the Levis Reading Prize, and a Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and teaches at Purdue University and in the low residency MFA programs at Randolph College and Warren Wilson.

The Community Orchard will host its annual CiderFest next Saturday, October 19th!

The first is once again at the Community Orchard, which will host its annual CiderFest next Saturday, October 19th from 3-4pm, replete with all things apple-y, including apple-bobbing, cider-pressing, and cider-tasting!

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, October 22 from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
Poetry reading happens in the Sterrett Center next door.

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 the featured poet is Tony Brewer.

Tony Brewer is a poet, event producer, voice actor, and live sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He is executive director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival and his books include: The Great American Scapegoat, Little Glove in a Big Hand, Hot Type Cold Read, and brand new in April 2019 Homunculus. He has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, cemeteries, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over 10 years, and he is one-third of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods.

Poets Attack! featuring Cara Dees, Abby Johnson, and more TBA!
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

This month's Poets Attack! event will feature Cincinnati poet, Cara Dees along with local poet and Butler MFA candidate, Abby Johnson.

Cara Dees is the author of the debut poetry collection, Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland (2019), selected by Ada Limón for the 2018 Barrow Street Book Prize. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Cincinnati and holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and a BA in English with Comprehensive Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her work appears or is forthcoming in journals such as The Adroit Journal, Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets 2016 and 2019, Crazyhorse, Gulf Coast, Harvard Review, The Journal, Poetry Daily, and The Southeast Review. Exorcism Lessons in the Heartland was also named a finalist or semifinalist for the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize, the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, the St. Lawrence Book Award, and the Autumn House Rising Writers Prize.

Abby Johnson is a poet and a Hoosier who is proud of the local art scene that fostered her. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing through Butler University. Her micro-chapbook No Line Except is published through Ghost City Press in their Summer 2019 collection. She has individual pieces published in Turnpike Magazine, Josephine Quarterly, and Requited Journal. You can find her in the dark void of the internet (both Instagram and Twitter) at @abbybutinspace.
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 tries to pair 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.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

The Human Remains | Son Tour
Poets Tim Heerdink and Jon Koker will be reading poetry from their new collections, THE HUMAN REMAINS and SON starting at 6:30 p.m.

Tim Heerdink is the author of two poetry collections, The Human Remains and Red Flag and Other Poems, and a short story, The Tithing of Man. He has poems published in Poetry Quarterly, Fish Hook, and various anthologies and is the president of the Midwest Writers Guild of Evansville, Indiana.

Jon Koker is the author of Son and four other collections of poetry. He is also a musician and SON of his Heavenly Father; whose desire is to be a small spark in the darkest of nights for those who have lost their way. Jon Koker resides in Newburgh, Indiana.

David Gibson reading "Come Alive: Overcome Challenges, Live Your Purpose & Unleash The Real You"
Friday, October 25 at 7 pm

"Come Alive" reveals the blueprint to establishing a positive mindset, overcoming your fears, developing your confidence, and rising above the challenges that stand in front of you and where you want to be in life. This book unpacks how to create a goal-oriented life where you are more fulfilled and how to truly experience being alive.  Get your ticket here.

Also at Indy Reads

Book Signing with Author, Pete Nunweiler
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 12 PM – 2 PM

Time for a great paranormal story.  The last Saturday before Halloween.  Come join me for a book signing and a book reading.  Indy Reads Books has a profound mission; 100% literacy.  Come join me.  I love to share real ghost stories.


Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series-Butler University

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

Meg WolitzerMeg Wolitzer
Thursday, October 24, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium

Meg Wolitzer is the product of the American suburbia, which she explores with nuance in the multilayered plots of her critically acclaimed novels The Female Persuasion (2018), The Interestings (2013), The Uncoupling (2011), The Ten-Year Nap (2008), The Position (2005), The Wife (2003), This is My Life (1988), and Sleepwalking (1982). She is also the author of The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman (2011), a novel about Scrabble for middle-grade readers, as well as the young adult novel Belzhar (2014). Her short fiction has been published in The Best American Short Stories

 Wolitzer’s substantial novels center on motherhood, sexuality, the life of the artist, and American gender politics through the decades. In her engaging lectures, she draws from the themes of her books, adding entertaining anecdotes and thoughtful insights into her craft and journey as a writer.

Wolitzer has taught creative writing at The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, the MFA program at Columbia University's School of the Arts, Barnard College, Boston University, and Skidmore College. In 2013 she was a guest artist in the Princeton Atelier program at Princeton University. Currently she is a faculty member of the MFA program at SUNY Stony Brook Southampton. She lives in New York City with her family.

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

Poetry Reading & Collaboration w/ John Nieves
Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 7 PM – 8 PM

John A. Nieves has poems forthcoming or recently published in journals such as: Southern Review, North American Review, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse and 32 Poems. He won the Indiana Review Poetry Contest and his first book, Curio, won the Elixir Press Annual Poetry Award Judge’s Prize. His work was also recently featured in the Eloquent Poem anthology. He is an Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University and an editor of The Shore Poetry.


Writers Guild at Bloomingon

Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic
With guest poets: Ashley Taylor and Daniel Olsson
October 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Monroe Country Convention Center, Rogers room

302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Followed by an Open Mic.
Free parking in the back!

Ashley Taylor is a Louisville Ky poet who curates, promotes, and designs inclusive programming of creative writing and performance arts for emerging and student writers. She is an early education teacher at Jewish Community Center and MFA candidate at Spalding University. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Louisville, where she served as graduate editor of Miracle Monocle and writing instructor of College Composition and Introduction to Creative Writing. She is the founder of Louisville reading series River City Revue, author of the chaplet Metamorphosis of Narcissus (Damaged Goods Press, 2019), and current facilitator of Uof L’s LGBTQ Creative Writing Group.

Daniel Olsson is an IT Support Technician for Indiana University where he has worked full-time for the past two years. He has been writing poetry since he was fifteen; however he has only been sharing his poetry with other people for the past year and a half. He enjoys writing poetry about current events. He reads about the news and the way the world is changing for better or worse and uses writing as a way to express what he is reading, hearing, seeing, and feeling. Topics range from current local events to events happening half way across the world. If a new reporter writes about it and he reads it, poetry will be made.

Kellogg Writers Series

Maurice Broaddus, Fiction Reading
October 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm    
Schwitzer Student Center, UIndy Hall A

FREE admission

From the cover of Pimp My Airship: A Naptown Airship Novel
Warning:  Don’t Believe the Hype!

All the poet called Sleepy wants to do is spit his verses, smoke chiba, and stay off the COP’s radar—all of which becomes impossible once he encounters a professional protestor known as (120 Degrees of) Knowledge Allah. They soon find themselves on the wrong side of local authorities and have to elude the powers that be. When young heiress Sophine Jefferson’s father is murdered, the careful life she’d been constructing for herself tumbles around her. She’s quickly drawn into a web of intrigue, politics and airships, joining with Sleepy and Knowledge Allah in a fight for their freedom. Chased from one end of a retro-fitted Indianapolis to the other, they encounter outlaws, the occasional circus, possibly a medium, and more outlaws. They find themselves in a battle much larger than they imagined: a battle for control of the country and the soul of their people.

The revolution will not be televised!


A community organizer and teacher, Maurice Broaddus’s work has appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Asimov’s, Cemetery Dance, Black Static, and many more. Some of his stories have been collected in The Voices of Martyrs. He is the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court, and the middle grade detective novel series, The Usual Suspects. He co-authored the play Finding Home: Indiana at 200. His novellas include Buffalo Soldier, I Can Transform You, Orgy of Souls, Bleed with Me, and Devil’s Marionette. He is the co-editor of Dark Faith, Dark Faith: Invocations, Streets of Shadows, and People of Colo(u)r Destroy Horror. His gaming work includes writing for the Marvel Super-Heroes, Leverage, and Firefly role-playing games as well as working as a consultant on Watch Dogs 2.

Franklin College's Carlson-Stauffer Reading Series

Franklin College will host the launch reading of Callista Buchen's Look Look Look
Thursday, November 7th at 7pm
Hamilton Auditorium in the Hamilton Library
Franklin College campus, 101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131

Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 01, 2019

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