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.  


Oct 23-Nov 13, 2019
The JCC’s 21st annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts, presented by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, is made possible in part by generous ongoing support from the Irwin and Ann Katz Cultural Arts and Education Endowment Fund.

Go here to see the many events, including the authors- Edward Berenson, Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Dennis Ross, Ronald Balson and Alan Zweibel.


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.


Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Mission Transition Book Discussion & Signing
Saturday, November 2 @ 3–4 PM

Come hear author Matthew J. Louis discuss his new book - the best book ever written on veteran career change - Mission Transition: Navigating the Opportunities and Obstacles to Your Post-Military Career

Matt Louis is one of the nation’s leading experts in career transition for veterans. He coaches individuals on their transition efforts and advises employers on hiring programs designed to successfully assimilate these valuable talent pools.

Writers Guild at Bloomingon

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
The featured readers are:  James Dorr and Andrew Hubbard
Sunday, November 3 @ 3:00-4:30 pm
Bear's Place

1316 E Third St, Bloomington, IN

James Dorr’s most recent book is a novel-in-stories from Elder Signs Press, TOMBS, A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH. Working mostly in dark fantasy/horror with some forays into science fiction and mystery, his THE TEARS OF ISIS was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, while other books include STRANGE MISTRESSES: TALES OF WONDER AND ROMANCE, DARKER LOVES: TALES OF MYSTERY AND REGRET, and his all-poetry VAMPS (A RETROSPECTIVE). He has also been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician, and currently harbors a Goth cat named Triana. He invites those interested to stop by his blog,

Andrew Hubbard was born and raised in a coastal Maine fishing village.  He earned degrees in English and Creative Writing from Dartmouth College and Columbia University, respectively.

He has had four prose books published, and his most recent books, collections of poetry, were published in 2014, 2016, and 2018.He is a casual student of cooking and wine, a former martial arts instructor and competitive weight lifter, a collector of edged weapons, and a licensed handgun instructor.  He lives in rural Indiana with his son, his wife, a giant, black German Shepard, and a gaggle of semi-tame deer.

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

The Human Remains | Son Tour & Open Mic
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8 PM

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.  Following these two readers we will open up the stage to other readers who want to share their work.

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.

Kelly Writers Series-Depauw University

Featuring Mia Alvar
November 6 | 7:30 p.m.
Peeler Art Center, Auditorium

10 W Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Mia Alvar’s collection of short stories, In the Country, won the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, the University of Rochester’s Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, and the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Los Angeles, California.

Poetry on Brick Street

Meet IU's Stacey Lynn Brown, our featured guest
Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center

225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville

Stacey Lynn Brown is a poet, playwright, and essayist from Atlanta, Georgia. Her first collection, a book-length poem titled Cradle Song (C&R Press, 2009) and grappled with issues of race and racism, family, and cultural identity against the backdrop of her childhood in the South. Her recently completed second collection, The Shallows, considers illness and its aftermath—specifically a massive stroke and the ways in which the broken body moves through the world without language. She is also the co-editor, with Oliver de la Paz, of A Face to Meet the Faces: An Anthology of Contemporary Persona Poetry, (The University of Akron Press, 2012).

Her critical research examines narrative, post-confessionalism, memory/truth/veracity, cultural studies, and the politics and poetics of the South/regional identity. Her essays have appeared in journals such as The Rumpus, Southern Quarterly, and Pilot Light: A Journal of 21st Century Poetics and Criticism. She is currently working on a collection of nonfiction essays titled The Slowest Suicide, a third poetry collection titled Shroud Lines, and a new play titled Understudy. (Her first play, Cast in Order of Appearance, was produced in 1992.)

She is the recipient of awards from New Southerner magazine and The Poetry Center of Chicago as well as grants, fellowships, and residencies from the Ucross Foundation, The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts, New York Mills, The Key West Literary Seminar, Southern Oregon State University, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Indiana University.

Franklin College's Carlson-Stauffer Reading Series

Franklin College will host the launch reading of Callista Buchen's Look Look Look
Thursday, November 7 at 7pm
Hamilton Auditorium in the Hamilton Library

Franklin College campus, 101 Branigin Blvd, Franklin, IN 46131

Purdue University/Visiting Writers Reading Series

A reading with author Diane Cook
Thursday November 7, 7:30 pm,
Krannert Auditorium

Free and open to the public

Diane Cook is the author of the story collection Man V. Nature, and was formerly a producer for the radio show, This American Life. Man V. Nature was a finalist for the Believer Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, received Honorable Mention for the PEN/Hemingway award, and was recently longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Tin House, Granta, and elsewhere and anthologized in Best American Short Stories. She lives in Oakland, CA.

Afrofuture Fridays

Friday, November 8 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Kheprw Institute

546 E. 17th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Free -Get tickets here

Afrofuturism is a movement of art, culture and literature that seeks to explore dilemmas faced by black people and theorize possible futures. Afrofuturism will be our framework to re-examine events of the past, critique the present day dilemmas of the African Diaspora, and create a space to imagine and dream of possible futures.

Join us for the Second Friday of each month from 6 to 8pm. As always, there will be food, music and celebration of community.

Maurice Broaddus
A community organizer and teacher, his 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 wrote the urban fantasy trilogy, The Knights of Breton Court. 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. Learn more about him at

Rasul Palmer
Rasul Palmer has been an integral part of the Kheprw Institute for over 10 years. He is a natural systems thinker and is always looking at the bigger picture. He has facilitated many community conversations and public forums at Kheprw Institute over the years including series on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates and currently he is a co-facilitator for Afrofuture Fridays along with local Indy writer Maurice Broaddus.

This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities along with support from the Central Indiana Community Foundation.

Grand Opening of the new Kurt Vonnegut Museum * Library & VonnegutFest

Saturday, November 9, 12:00 PM–10:00 PM
Kurt Vonnegut Museum * Library

543 Indiana Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Get your ticket and read about all the events.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Book Signing for A Fallen Hero at Indy Reads Books
Saturday, November 9 at 11:30AM–1:30 PM

Cato is the only true half-human, half-ghost hybrid in existence. Once a hero, he's now a fugitive....
Sara A. Noë - Writer•Photographer•Artist
AuthorLa Porte, Indiana
Writer • Photographer • Artist • Author of A Fallen Hero (2018) • Learn more at

The Monroe County Public Library announces its Power of Words Event for the fall:
An Evening with Margaret MacMullan
November 9 @ 7:00–8:30 pm
Buskirk Chumley Theater, Bloomington

This event is FREE and open to the public, All Ages

MacMullan will be reading from her latest book, Where the Angels Lived: One Family’s Story of Exile, Loss and Return. It is a moving look at the author’s family’s relationship to the Holocaust (Shoah), their exile in Hungary, and the redemptive power of know and writing your own story.
For more information contact:

Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series-Butler University

Terrance Hayes: On the Legacy of Etheridge Knight
Monday, November 11, 7:30 PM S
Shelton Auditorium

The National Book Award-winning poet Terrance Hayes will present a special talk on the legacy of the Indianapolis poet Etheridge Knight (1931-1991). Knight dedicated himself to poetry while serving time in the Indiana State Prison in the 1960s, then became a key figure in the Black Arts Movement and a powerful influence, as writer, peer, and teacher, on an untold number of other poets. He spent his final years in Indianapolis and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Terrance Hayes’ most recent book, a collection of creative nonfiction and visual art inspired by Knight, is To Float in the Space Between: Drawings and Essays in Conversation with Etheridge Knight, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Non-Fiction.

Over the past two decades, Hayes has emerged as one of contemporary poetry’s most compelling voices on the subjects of race, masculinity, and American culture. His poems are formally inventive, even playful, marked by a fierce wit and a willingness to abide within ambiguity and paradox, as he continually discovers new ways to interrogate what it means to exist in this society, in this place and time. Hayes’ most recent collection of poems, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (2018), comprises seventy unrhymed free verse sonnets haunted by our current difficult political moment as well as the long cultural history that precedes it. The book was a finalist for both the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry and was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Hayes is also the author of five other collections of poetry, including How to Be Drawn (2015), winner of the NAACP Image Award for Poetry; Lighthead (2010), winner of the National Book Award in Poetry; Wind in a Box (2006), finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award; Hip Logic (2002), winner of the National Poetry Series and finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award; and Muscular Music (1999), winner of both the Whiting Writers Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. He has been a recipient of many other honors and awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation—what is commonly referred to as its “genius award.”

Hayes was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets in 2017. He serves as Professor of English at New York University and resides in New York City.


Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 01, 2019

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