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

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Second IUPUI Student Reading of Spring 2017 
Wednesday, March 22  7:00-8:30 PM

Join us for another IUPUI Student Reading at Indy Reads, celebrating the literary spirit of the IUPUI and Indianapolis community. We're still looking for poets, writers, comedians, singers, spoken-word performers, memoirists, secret tellers, and manifesto shouters to join us on our stage for this event, so please contact Terry at tkirts@iupui.eduor (317) 274-8929 if you'd like to sign up for a slot on performance stage! Hope to see you all there!

Open to all IUPUI and area college students as well as community members, the IUPUI Student Readings provide a lively local stage for literary performance

Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University

Bonnie Jo Campbell,
Wednesday, March 22, 7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium

Award-winning novelist and short story writer Bonnie Jo Campbell, called "an original American voice" by the Los Angeles Times, is coming to DePauw University as Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing.

Campbell was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in fiction for her short-story collection American Salvage, which was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction and was named one of that year's top six books by the Kansas City Star. She has won a Pushcart Prize for her story “The Smallest Man in the World,” received the 1998 Associated Writing Programs Award for short fiction (for Women & Other Animals), and her “The Inventor, 1972” earned Campbell the 2009 Eudora Welty Prize from Southern Review.  Once Upon a River, published in 2011, was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award and was deemed "vivid and mesmerizing" by Entertainment Weekly. Her most recent work, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters, was published last year. Her stories and essays have appeared in Ontario Review, Story, Witness, Mid-American Review and Utne Reader, among other publications.

This event, sponsored by the the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing fund, is supported by the Kelly Writers Series.

Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program

Hilary Plum & Zach Savich Reading
Wednesday, March 22, 7:00-9:00PM

Hammes Campus Bookstore
Hilary Plum is the author of the work of nonfiction Watchfires (Rescue Press, 2016) and the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). Recent prose and criticism has appeared in Full Stop, Bookforum, the Seneca Review, Poetry Northwest, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. With Zach Savich she edits Rescue Press’s Open Series. She lives, teaches, and edits in Philadelphia.

Zach Savich's fifth collection of poetry, The Orchard Green and Every Color, was published by Omnidawn in 2016, and Diving Makes the Water Deep, his memoir of cancer, teaching, and poetic friendship, was published in 2016 by Rescue Press. His work has received the Iowa Poetry Prize, the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s Open Award, and other honors. His poems, essays, and book reviews have appeared widely in journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, A Public Space, Mid-American Review, VOLT, jubilat, Best New Poets, and The New Census. He teaches in the BFA Program for Creative Writing at the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, and co-edits Rescue Press’s Open Prose Series.

The reading is free and open to the public.


9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

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.

Andrew Arthur Olson III book signing
Saturday, April 1 - 2:00pm

Andrew Arthur Olson III will be speaking about and signing copies of Forging the Bee Line Railroad: The Rise And Fall of the Hoosier Partisans and Cleveland Clique.

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."


Writers Guild At Bloomington
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center

Guest Readers: Abegunde and Patsy Rahn
Sunday, March 26, 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.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
This event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Abegunde is an egungun (ancestral) priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition, Reiki Master, and doula with a focus on the recovery of ancestral memory from the Earth and human body. Her writing has been published in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Kenyon Review, Best African American Fiction 2010, Beyond the Frontier: African-American Poetry for the 21st Century, and nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts.  She is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem, Sacatar (Brazil), Ragdale, and Norcroft.
More information about her work can be found at:
Patsy Rahn is a poet and prose writer.  Her writing has been published in academic journals and various literary publications. She has given poetry readings in Toronto, Los Angeles and Bloomington.  In 2016 she read at a number of public events, including with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. Patsy has been a reader for the radio shows Books Unbound on WFHB, and Anthology on WFIU. She is a founding member and chairperson emerita of the Writers Guild at Bloomington and works at the Eskenazi Museum of Art.

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, March 28 @ 7pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)
Branches Magazine
Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month from 7:00-9:00pm.  This month is a Celebration of 30 years of Branches Magazine,  an Indiana magazine that publishes poetry and essays by Indiana authors.  Our featured readers will be authors who have published in Branches over the years and editor Elsa Kramer, publisher Tom Healy will be our guests. Bring your favorite Branches writings!  We will have a pitch in feast, so bring your favorite food to share as well.
Reiberg Reading Series
the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute and the IUPUI English Department
Featuring Angela Palm
Wednesday, March 29 at 7:30 pm
The Lilly Auditorium/IUPUI Library
755 W. Michigan St. Indianapolis
Palm will read from and discuss her new book, Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here, a mesmerizing account of Palm’s childhood in rural Indiana on the banks of the Kankakee River, which flooded each year due to a man-made alteration of its course.

Her memoir is an Indie Next selection and winner of the 2014 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. Palm has been awarded the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Axinn Foundation Fellowship in Narrative Nonfiction. Her work has been published in Ecotone, At Length Magazine, Brevity, Paper Darts, Essay Daily, and elsewhere. She lives in Vermont, where she works as a developmental editor and teaches creative writing at Champlain College and the New England Young Writers’ Conference.
Attendees are encouraged to register for free tickets, as seating will be limited. Books will be available for purchase, and the author will sign books after the reading.

Go here for your ticket:

Thursday, March 30
at 7 PM - 8 PM
James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home
528 Lockerbie St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

ANNOUNCING the start of our 2017 Poetry Series with husband and wife team Chris Forhan & Alessandra Lynch!

authored the memoir “My Father Before Me” and three books of poetry, including the winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize “The Black Leapt In.” Lynch currently teaches at Butler University and has authored three books of poetry, including the forthcoming “Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment.”

Poetry readings are held in the Billie Lou Wood Visitor Center at 528 Lockerbie Street. Refreshments will be served and attendees receive complimentary tickets for a future tour of our historic Museum Home.


Purdue University/Literary Reading Series

Alexander Chee Reading
March 30, 7:30 pm
Krannert Auditorium, Purdue Campus

Alexander Chee
is the author of the novels Edinburgh and The Queen of the Night,  from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is a contributing editor at The New Republic, and an editor at large at VQR. His essays and stories have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Slate, Guernica, NPR and Out, among others. He is winner of a 2003 Whiting Award, a 2004 NEA Fellowship in prose and a 2010 MCCA Fellowship, and residency fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the VCCA, Civitella Ranieri and Amtrak. He has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Amherst College, the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Texas – Austin. He lives in New York City, where he curates the Dear Reader series at Ace Hotel New York.

The Department of English at Purdue University is pleased to announce that author Margaret Atwood will be our distinguished guest speaker for the 2017 Literary Awards celebration

Wednesday, April 5 at 8:00PM
Loeb Playhouse-Purdue University
Memorial Mall Dr, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Free and Open to the Public

A winner of many international literary awards, including the prestigious Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General’s Award, the PEN Pinter Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Margaret Atwood is the author of more than forty volumes of poetry, children’s literature, fiction, and non-fiction. She is perhaps best known for her novels, which include The Edible Woman, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Robber Bride, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin, Oryx and Crake, and The Year of the Flood. Her non-fiction book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, part of the Massey Lecture series, was made into a documentary.  Her recent novel, Madaddam (the third novel in the Oryx and Crake trilogy), has received rave reviews: “An extraordinary achievement” (The Independent); “A fitting and joyous conclusion” (The New York Times). The trilogy is being adapted into an HBO TV series by celebrated filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Atwood’s most recent collection of short stories is Stone Mattress. Her most recent novel is called Hag-Seed, and it is a modern retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest.  In addition, Atwood has authored a graphic novel: volume one of Angel Catbird appeared in 2016 and the second volume will be released soon.

In March 2017, Atwood will be the honored recipient of the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the National Book Critics Circle.  Atwood’s work has been published in more than 40 languages, including Farsi, Japanese, Turkish, Finnish, Korean, Icelandic and Estonian. In 2004, she co-invented the LongPen, a remote signing device that allows someone to write in ink anywhere in the world via tablet PC and the internet. She is a founder of the Writers’ Trust of Canada and a founding trustee of the Griffin Poetry Prize. She is also a popular personality on Twitter, with over a million followers.

Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis

Darryl Pickney Reading
Monday, April 3   7:30-9:00 PM

Schwitzer Student Center - Trustees Dining Room
Novelist, playwright, and magazine writer Darryl Pinckney will read from his recent work. Pinckney was born in Indianapolis and now lives in New York City.

For more information, contact:

Indiana University-Department of English

Colson Whitehead - The Susan D. Gubar Annual Lecture

Monday, April 3,  7 PM
Neal-Marshal Center, Grand Hall
Free to the Public

Whitehead just won the National Book Award for The Underground Railroad. A MacArthur Genius Award Recipient, he is the author of six novels and is simply one of the most talented living American writers.

Marian University and the Unleavened Bread Cafe are excited to announce that authors of The Unleavened Bread Cafe: Twenty Years of Living Water will read their published poems. 

UBC Reading- Celebration
Tuesday, April 4th, at 6:30 p.m.
Clowes Auditorium at the Indianapolis Central Library
This reading is free to attend and requires no RSVP.

The Unleavened Bread Cafe: Twenty Years of Living Water is a collection of writing in celebration of the cafe’s 20th anniversary. It includes creative pieces written by women who have overcome substance abuse, domestic violence, and other injustices and trauma. The women created the poems and memoirs in a writing workshop held at the Unleavened Bread Cafe and facilitated by Assistant Professor of English, Wendy Vergoz, and student writing interns from Marian University. The book also includes a history of the cafe and a biography of its founder, Elease Womack, both written by student interns. Finally, the book contains a compilation of remembrances written by people whose lives have been touched by the cafe’s presence in the Mapleton-Fall Creek Community.

Copies of The Unleavened Bread Cafe: Twenty Years of Living Water will be available for purchase for $20 by cash or check with all proceeds benefitting the cafe.

The cafe’s Anniversary Celebration will continue on Sunday, April 9th, from noon-3 p.m. at the Unleavened Bread Cafe, 3003 North Central Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46205. The Sunday celebration will feature a video tribute to the cafe created by Vergoz and her interns with help from Marian University’s videographer, Peter Matsoukas.

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 — March 13, 2017

© Indiana Writers Center 2012