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

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

A Special Night Honoring Diane Lewis
Tuesday, November 29 @ 6:30pm
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.)

For our final gathering of The Poets Laureate of Lawrence of 2016, we will meet on November 29th  (which is the 5th Tuesday of the month instead of our usual 4th Tuesday!). 
This evening will be a special night honoring Diane Lewis, who was a regular participant at our poetry night and a much loved local poet. Her voice and spirit will be deeply missed. To honor her, we will take turns sharing aloud her poetry. In thanksgiving for Diane, and for the local poetry community, we will also have a pitch-in. Please bring a hot dish or dessert to share.

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University

Meghan Daum
Tuesday, November 29, 7:30 PM

Atherton Union, Reilly Room

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction. She is also the editor of The New York Times bestseller Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir.

Since 2005, Daum has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. She has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2016 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship.

Poetry on Brick Street

The book launch of Words & Other Wild Things, an anthology of poetry for children.
Thursday, December 1
Contributors will read, beginning at 6:30 p.m

SulllivanMunce Cultural Center in Zionsville
An open mic follows.
Words & Other Wild Things is a Poetry Alive! project sponsored by Brick Street Poetry, Inc. and made possible through grants from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation. Poetry Alive! takes poetry to children in hospitals, parks, and schools, along with costumed characters who help bring the concepts and words in the poetry to life. Poems are arranged roughly into three sections, and are intended to be of interest and reading level to different age groups: Buzz Words for younger children; Wise Words for older youth; and Wild Words for that group in the middle.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Perry Meridian Creative Writing Open Mic Night
Saturday, December 3, 5pm – 9pm

Heather Kinney reading Wild Boar: Reflections & Resolutions
Sunday, December 4,  3pm – 5pm
Wild Boar: Reflections & Resolutions is a chapbook that explores death and grief, and finds reverence and connection in nature.

The Writers Guild At Bloomington

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
Sunday, December 4 @ 3:00–5:00 pm
Boxcar Books, Bloomington

The featured readers are:  Kalynn Brower and Annette Oppenlander.  Andy Hubbard will be also be completing a reading he began in October.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Kalynn Huffman Brower is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, broadcast journalist, and novelist. She’s been writing fiction and non-fiction for four decades. Her fiction has long focused on eco-warriors of the past and future. Recently, her work has focused on contemporary eco-warriors, the multi-generation people who have traveled from all over the world to Standing Rock, to protect the water for the Sioux’ home. And she wants to thank everyone ahead of time: “Thank you for doing all you can to protect the living waters of our amazing planet.”
Annette Oppenlander is the author of four historical action/adventure novels for teens and anyone who loves stories set in the past.  Annette will read from her new novel, AT WITCHES’ END, the final book in the ESCAPE FROM THE PAST trilogy about a time-traveling gamer who lands in medieval Germany to deal with disease, dungeons and evil dukes while trying to find a way home. Annette’s stories are based on historical locations, events and people. She’ll have books for sale at the event, including an awesome and free medieval map to go with books one and three.
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 fifth book, a collection of poetry, was published in 2014 by Interactive Press.

a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
December 8, 2016 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bloomingfoods EAST Patio Room
3220 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401

Featuring poets Stacey (Stella) Emley and Emily Corwin
Free and open to the public
Stacey (a.k.a. Stella) Emley is native to Bloomington, achieving her English degree from Indiana University. She has a Master Of Fine Arts from Vermont College Of Fine Arts.
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 Winter Tangerine, glitterMOB, Hobart, smoking glue gun, and Word Riot. Her chapbook, My Tall Handsome, was recently published through Brain Mill Press. You can follow her at @exitlessblue.

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 — November 01, 2016

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