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

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club Meeting
Wednesday, January 25   7-8 pm

Our book club resumes this month to discuss The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.  Everyone is welcome to participate in these meetings.

Kickoff for Author Breakfast fundraiser for Dyslexia Institute
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Authors Sherri Wood Emmons, Todd Outcalt (Indiana Wineries), Brian Sweaney (Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride), Robert Snow (Portrait of a Past Life Skeptic), and Andrea Neal (Road Trip: A Pocket History of Indiana) will be at this kickoff event. 10% of Bookmamas sales during the kickoff will be donated to the Dyslexic Institute of Indiana. These authors will be the featured participants in the Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, March 4, at 8:30 am @ the Meridian Hills Country Club.

Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program

Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading with Claudia Rankine & Solmaz Sharif
Thursday, Jan 26,  7:30-10PM

McKenna Hall Auditorium

This biannual literary event commemorates our esteemed colleague, the poet, scholar and teacher, Ernest Sandeen. A distinguished senior poet is invited to give the reading and selects a younger poet to read alongside him or her, thus honoring both Ernest Sandeen’s accomplishment as a poet and his many decades of mentorship at the University of Notre Dame. In this spirit, Claudia Rankine has selected the poet Solmaz Sharif to join her for this reading.

Claudia Rankine, the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; and numerous video collaborations. She is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind and America Poets int the 21st Century. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the non-fiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and others. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, scholarships the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a winter fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an NEA fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. She has most recently been selected to receive a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award as well as a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She is currently a lecturer at Stanford University. Her first poetry collection, LOOK, published by Graywolf Press in 2016, is a finalist for the National Book Award.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202  

Tracy Mishkin reading "The Night I Quit Flossing"
Saturday, January 28, 3pm – 5pm

Join us for Tracy's return to Indy Reads Books for the release of her second chapbook, The Night I Quit Flossing, from Five Oaks Press.
View her website here:

The Writers Guild At Bloomington

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
January 29, 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.
This event is free and open to the public.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Guest Readers: Lisa Low and Stephen Hopkins

Lisa Low was born and raised in Maryland. She is the recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and her poems have recently appeared in The Journal, Washington Square Review, The Collagist, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. She is in her third and last year of the MFA program at IU.

Stephen Hopkins is a PhD candidate at Indiana University, where he researches religious literature of the early middle ages and teaches about Vikings and writing. Born in Texas but raised in the Midwest, he moved all over Ohio, often. He now resides in Bloomington with his wife and his muse/cat. His poems have appeared in NEAT magazine.

Fountain Square Poetry Series
February 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Fountain Square Mall atrium
Free Admission and Free Raffle

Featuring poets Abegunde, Susan Amis, Emily Corwin, and JL Kato
with musical guests American Standard (Greg Buse and Rebecca Keith)

Abegunde is a Memory Keeper who chooses to forget that words have limits. She chooses to remember – and live by – the words of a 5th grade student: Poetry can change the world.  As a result, she spends her days and dream time chanting silenced memories into spoken histories. On the weekdays, when she isn’t birthing new words out of sound and images, she shapeshifts into an IU professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Graduate Mentoring Center director.

Susan Amis author is a writer and aspiring Limnologist from Minneapolis, MN currently pursuing her MFA at Indiana University.  She enjoys poetry quite a bit.

Emily Corwin is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University-Bloomington and the Poetry Editor for Indiana Review. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB, Hobart, smoking glue gun, and Word Riot. Her chapbook My Tall Handsome was recently published through Brain Mill Press. You can follow her @exitlessblue on Twitter and Instagram.

JL Kato‘s poetry collection, Shadows Set in Concrete, chronicles the life of a Japanese immigrant in Indiana. It was selected the 2011 Best Book of Indiana by Indiana Center for the Book. Kato’s poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Raintown Review, and So It Goes. He is poetry editor of Flying Island, the online literary journal of the Indiana Writers Center. He also serves as president of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a nonprofit group that advocates for poetry in public places.

Purdue Literary Reading Series
Presents Adrian Matejka in a public reading
Monday, January 30  at 7:30 pm
Krannert Auditorium

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1971. His first collection of poems, The Devil's Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for an NAACP Award in literature. His most recent collection, The Big Smoke, centered on the boxer Jack Johnson was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The book was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. His new book, Map to the Stars is forthcoming from Penguin in March 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and United States Artists. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Stacey Lynn Brown, and their daughter.

Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
Shulem Deen
Wednesday, February 8,   7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium

Shulem Deen is the award-winning author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a poignant and riveting memoir about a Brooklyn Hasidic Jew who leaves his faith and family to start a new life. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always insightful and wise, All Who Go Do Not Return won the 2016 GLCA Award for Nonfiction. This memoir illustrates both the joy and pain of abandoning one’s faith and embarking on a secular journey of new-found values and intellectual freedom. Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in Salon, Tablet, and The Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


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

The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic

Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.

Vibe on Wednesdays

Wednesdays  8 p.m.(Doors open at 7)
Tantrum, 8215 Center Run Dr.
Live band, poetry, art and open mic.
$5- Must be 21 or older.
Meets every other Wednesday. Host: Tony Styxx. Video: https://youtube/8Nzv2eXoYX4*

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.

Open Mic Night at Books and Brews
Every Thursday 8 p.m.
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. 
Information: (317)288-5136. 




Written by Roxanna Santoro — January 03, 2017

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