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

DivaFest Shows

March 10-17 
Indy Fringe Theater
Check website for times and tickets


Check out an article about Andy Black's student...And her show on 03/10/2017

Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University

Fiction panel with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Dana Spiotta and Elizabeth Eslami
Tuesday, March 7   4:00 pm

Watson Forum, PCCM

Visiting Kelly Writer Series guest Dana Spiotta; Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor Of Creative Writing; and Elizabeth Eslami, Boswell Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, will discuss trends and issues in contemporary American writing.

Dana Spiotta
Wednesday, March 8  7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium
Dana Spiotta is the author of four novels: Innocents and Others, published by Scribner in 2016; Stone Arabia (2011), which was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist in fiction; Eat the Document (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and Lightning Field (2001). Spiotta was a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, and won the 2008-9 Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. She lives in Syracuse with her daughter Agnes and teaches in the Syracuse University MFA program.

Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program

Gregory Howard Reading
Wednesday, March 8   7:00-9:00 PM

Hammes Campus Bookstore
Free and open to the public
Gregory Howard teaches creative writing, contemporary literature, and film studies at the University of Maine. His first novel Hospice was published by FC2 in June 2015. His fiction and essays have appeared in Web Conjunctions, Harp & Altar, and Tarpaulin Sky, among other journals. Hospice follows the odd and lovely but also frightening life of Lucy, everyday neighborhoods become wonderlands where ordinary houses reveal strange inmates living together in monastic seclusion, wayward children resort to blackmail to get what they want, and hospitals seem to appear and disappear to avoid being found. Replete with the sense that something strange is about to happen at any moment, Hospice blurs the borders between the mundane and miraculous, evoking the intensity of the secret world of childhood and the distressing and absurd search for a place to call home.

International Women's Day Celebration
Thursday, March 9 at 6:30 pm

On behalf of the IUPUI Women's Studies Program, the Office for Women, the Reiberg Series, and University Library, I'd like to invite you to this year's International Women's Day Celebration.
IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium (lower level)
755 W. Michigan Street

The catered opening reception, with international hors d’oeuvres, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Come join us!

At 7 p.m., our featured performers will take the stage. This year our four featured readers include novelist, teacher and former diplomat Laila Ayoubi; poet and actor Mijiza Saundrajo Holiday; poet, playwright, and novelist Angela Jackson-Brown; and poet and activist Dara Marquez.

After the featured performers, there will be another 15-minute break, and the multicultural, multilingual open mic will begin at 8:15. Let’s see how many languages we can represent! There are only six slots left for the open mic, so please email Nicole Nimri ( if you want to be put on the list. Open mic readers are asked to restrict themselves to one page of poetry or a half page of prose, written by a woman. Those reading in languages other than English are asked to bring a translation as well.

For directions on how to get to the Library and where to park, please consult this website:

Please spread the word! And help us join women all over the world in challenging Islamophobia, racism, sexism and homophobia! As always, this event is free and open to all.

Writers Guild At Bloomington

Players Pub Spoken Word Series
Thursday, March 9 @ 6:00–9:00 pm
Players Pub
424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Tony Brewer
Eric Rensberger
Joan Hawkins

There will also be an open mic.


9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Rosaleen Crowley - poetry & art
Sunday, March 19 - 2:00pm

Rosaleen Crowley will be reading poetry from her book of art and poetry, Point of Connection, based on her life in Ireland and Indianapolis.

Book Club meeting
March, 22 - 7:00 to 8:00pm

We will be discussing books written about Hoosier composer, Cole Porter.  Everyone is welcome to bring their favorite biography or autobiography.

Jennifer Hurley and Tracy Mishkin
Saturday, April 8 - 2:00pm

Jennifer Hurley will reach from her new chapbook, "Origin".
Tracy Mishkin will also be reading from her book "The Night I Quit Flossing."

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Monica O'Leary will be in store to read and sign her newest release, Darkest Honor.
Saturday, March 11, 11:30am – 4:30pm

The Master Xanthos Greycourt has had problems over the centuries, female problems--one of them has attempted to secretly come back, but who is she, and why has she come back?  Being a vampire master is no easy task, especially when there is a loose-lipped cop telling what he knows and he has to deal with the Abbot and Costello-style antics of his second- and third-in-command. Which will he lose first, his mind or his head?

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Gabrielle Calvocoressi
Thursday, March 16  7:30 PM
Atherton Union Reilly Room, 7:30 PM

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and essayist whose most recent book, Apocalyptic Swing, was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Award.  Her poems have been featured in The New York Times, Boston Review, The Washington Post, on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac and in numerous journals and are forthcoming in Poetry Magazine and At Length. She writes the Sports Desk column for The Best American Poetry blog and is on the advisory board of The Rumpus Poetry Book Club.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including The Paris Review's Bernard F. Conners Prize, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writers Award, a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Civitella di Ranieri Fellowship and Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship in Marfa, Texas. She sits on the poetry boards of The Rumpus and From the Fishouse. She is the Senior Poetry Editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books.

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

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.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 14, 2017

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