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

Indiana University Department of English

Susan D. Gubar Annual Lecture featuring George Saunders

Tuesday, September 19  7-8 PM
Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Free, but tickets are required


George Saunders is a writer for our time. Unshackled by the literary constraints of realism, he nevertheless writes directly about our world—its inanity, its insanity, and its beauty. One of the funniest literary writers today, he also finds an unerring way directly to the heart. Lincoln in the Bardo, his most recent book and his first novel, is uproarious, skeptical, and suffused with grief all at once. Tenth of December is the most recent of his four collections of short stories, called the “best book you’ll read this year” on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 2013.  

University of Notre Dame/Department of English

Daniel Borzutzky & Katherine Hedeen Reading Translations
Wednesday, September 20, 7:30PM - 9:00PM

Hammes Campus Bookstore

Daniel Borzutzky is the author of The Performance of Becoming Human, recipient of the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry. His other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy (Nightboat, 2015), Memories of my Overdevelopment (Kenning Editions, 2015); and The Book of Interfering Bodies (Nightboat, 2011). He has translated poetry collections from Spanish, including Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia (Coimpress, 2016); Raúl Zurita’s The Country of Planks (Action Books, 2015) and Song for his Disappeared Love (Action Books, 2010); and Jaime Luis Huenún’s Port Trakl (Action Books, 2008). He lives in Chicago.

Katherine Hedeen is Professor of Spanish at Kenyon College. She is the poetry translation editor for The Kenyon Review, an editor at Cubanabooks, co-editor of Arc Publications Latin Amerian Poetry in Translation Series, and an associate editor of Earthwork’s Latin American Poetry. Among her latest publications are tasks (co im press, 2016), a recent poetry collection by Víctor Rodríguez Núñez and the night badly written (action books, 2017), an anthology of Rodríguez Núñez’s latest work. Other book-length translations include collections by Rodolfo Alfonso, Juan Bañuelos, Juan Calzadilla, Marco Antonio Campos, Luis García Montero, Juan Gelman, Fayad Jamís, Hugo Mujica, José Emilio Pacheco, and Ida Vitale.

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Colson Whitehead
Thursday, September 21

Schrott Center for the Arts
This event is free but requires tickets. All tickets have been distributed. Open seats will be released at 7:15pm to patrons in line without tickets on the night of the performance.
In addition to winning the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, Whitehead’s latest novel, The Underground Railroad, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and named best book of 2016 by nearly a dozen publications. He is also the author of The Intuitionist (1999), John Henry Days (2001), The Colossus of New York (2003), Apex Hides the Hurt (2006), Sag Harbor (2009), Zone One (2011), and The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky and Death (2014).

Whitehead’s reviews, essays, and fiction have appeared in a number of publications, such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, New York Magazine, Harper's, and Granta. His list of awards also includes the National Book Award, a MacArthur Fellowship, A Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, the Dos Passos Prize, and a fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He has taught at the University of Houston, Columbia University, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, New York University, Princeton University, Wesleyan University, and been a Writer-in-Residence at Vassar College, the University of Richmond, and the University of Wyoming.
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Second Flight Books Release Party-Melissa Fraterrigo

Friday, September 22   7:00-9:00pm
Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Avenue, Suite D7, Lafayette, IN
Join us Friday, Sept 22 for the release of GLORY DAYS. There will be cake!

Indy Reads Books

Alessandra Lynch reading Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment
Friday, September 22, 7pm – 9pm

Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment contains many lyrical poems that  grapple with the trauma of an assault and of violences generally directed toward women.  The speaker of the poems attempts to wrestle with the impact of what has happened and to offer her depiction of the world transformed by assault.  Though colored by the trauma, her observations perhaps enable her to face it more fully, effecting a kind of catharsis. There is a shift toward healing toward the end of the book, which contains love poems and the suggestion of new life, however shadowed.
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Brick Street South Poetry Series: Gregg DeBoor
September 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tube Factory Artspace
1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, IN 46203
Free admission and parking. Beer and wine for purchase.

Brick Street South Poetry Series features a poet and an open mic the third Thursday of every month.  September’s featured poet and writer is Gregg DeBoor.
Born a bastard adopted by poetry, Gregg DeBoor is an advocate for those who stay up late at night and never stop being good to what they love. He’s a fellow author on Chatter House Press after having published his first book Street Girls Have Guns. He is also the winner of the 2011 Indianapolis Grand Slam. In Gregg’s words, poetry (not sure if this the word you meant by “it’s”. If not, then we can change it.) is all about the inner monologue and trusting yourself to listen.

Gregg is a touring and spoken word performance artist. For the past three years he has toured throughout the Midwest and East Coast at some of the most prominent venues of today.

Diana Ensign's Official Book Launch!
HEART GUIDE: True Stories of Grief and Healing
Friday, September 22,  7:00 – 9:00 pm
Indiana Interchurch Center, Krannert Hall (second floor)
1100 W. 42nd St, Indianapolis IN 46208
Free Event
Talk "Grief: What We Need to Know for Healing the Heart" (Followed by Book Signing)
HOSTED BY Overdose Lifeline  (Joined by SongSquad Indianapolis)

2nd Annual B-Fest for Teen Literature
B Fest outline and schedule
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Poetry Orgy Sept 24
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Writers Guild at Bloomington
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
September 24   3:00–4:30 pm

Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center 302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Guest Readers: The Tuesday Poets: Jenny Kander, Doris Lynch, Roger Pfinsgton, Thomas Tokarski

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!  Free parking in the back.
This event is free and open to the public.  

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, September 26  from 7-9 pm
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.)
Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month. Our featured poet will be Walt Whitman!  Norbert and Katherine Krapf will read from Norbert’s new book Walt Whitman Illuminated by The Message, in the ACTA Publications new series Literary Portals to Prayer which pairs passages from the work of time-tested authors with a recent Bible translation in contemporary American English.
You can order this book directly from the publisher, ACTA Publications, for the list price of $10.95 plus shipping at; you can locate your local indie bookseller to order it at; and you can order it from Amazon listed under the Literary Portals to Prayer series at


Ball State University

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9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club meeting with Ben Winters
Wednesday, September 27 - 7:00pm

We will be discussing Underground Airlines with author Ben Winters (via phone conference).  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Melissa Fraterrigo book launch
Friday, September 29 - 7:00pm

We welcome author Melissa Fraterrigo for the launch of her new book, Glory Days, a wonderful novel which revolves around the "Glory Days" amusement park in a small midwestern town.  Melissa will be giving a reading at 7 pm followed by a brief Q & A period.

Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis 

Deb Olin Unferth: Fiction Reading
Wednesday, September 27, 7:30  p.m.

Schwitzer  Student  Center,  Room  010
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of four books, most recently the story collection Wait Till You See Me Dance. Her fiction and nonfiction appears in Harper’s, The Paris Review, Granta, Vice, Tin House, the New York Times, and McSweeney’s. She received four Pushcart Prizes, a Creative Capital grant, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. An associate professor at the University of Texas in Austin, she also runs a creative writing program at the John B. Connally Unit, a penitentiary in southern Texas.

UIndy’s Allen & Helen Kellogg Writers series brings writers of distinction to campus for public readings and discussions. All events are free of charge.

Purdue University Literary Reading Series

Kaveh Akbar reads from his poetry
Thursday, September 28, 7:30pm
Krannert Auditorium

Kaveh Akbar born in Tehran, Iran, is an Iranian-American poet and scholar.  He is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf, published by Alice James Books in the US and Penguin Books in the UK, and the chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic. In 2014, he founded the poetry interview website Divedapper. He received his MFA from Butler University, and his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the Purdue University MFA program.

2017 Indy Literary Pub Crawl

Guest Author: Jon Parrish
Saturday, September 30, 5:30pm
Fountain Square!
Will include a signed copy of our author Jon Parrish’s book Clusterf@#k! All proceeds will go to Indy Reads to help promote literacy in central Indiana.  (Please note that this is a 21+ event, as all of the locations we are stopping at are bars. Though there is no requirement to drink, it is Indiana state law that no one under this age can enter these establishments).

Indiana has a great literary history, and we’re excited to share that with you (as well as a drink or two) and also help out a great organization!

Guest Author: Jon Parrish, author of Clusterf@#k, will be at our first stop to talk to us about his work, possibly do a reading, talk about his creative process, and honestly say anything into the microphone that he’d like (we can be pretty loosey-goosey with the rules for our authors, since our group is 21+).

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Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 05, 2017

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