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

What If? The Power of Imagination

Sunday, November 5, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
at Arthur M. Glick JCC
Laikin Auditorium, 6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260
Parking is located on the east side of JCC. Enter through Door #5.

An afternoon of dance, drama, writing, and creativity based on the huge question: “What IF?”

What power is greater than that of imagination? What If? The Power of Imagination will tap into that power by encouraging high school and college writers to exercise their imaginations through literary responses to “what if” scenarios inspired by the world we live in. Their creative responses will then be interpreted by Dance Kaleidoscope dancers as well as actors from the Indiana Historical Society. The power of imagination will energize attendees as we use various art forms to open the door to imagining the world as it could be.
Walk-ins welcome, but RSVPs strongly encouraged by Nov. 4.

Presented by JCC Indianapolis, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writers Center, Indiana Historical Society, and Jewish Family Services.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202
Banned Books with Barbara Shoup
Wednesday, October 18 @  6 PM

*See details in above blog

Phil Stephens reading The Altar Boy
Saturday, October 21, 1pm – 4pm
Altar Boy

The author of The Altar Boy, a new novel which won best book in the IPA Awards Contemporary Novel category, will be in our store! The Altar Boy is the story of a little boy growing up in the Catholic Church in the 1960's.
Learn more about Phil Stephens at the Independent Author Network:

Daniel Lockhart reading This City at the Crossroads
Sunday, October 22, 2pm – 4pm
Daniel Lockhart
This is the promised land in all its grit and its nostalgic glory, from the shores of the White River to the constellations of an Indianapolis's skyline. The Hoosier answer to Carl Sandburg's cornerstone poem "Chicago," This City at the Crossroads is part love song, part meditation on the things we have to leave behind. Through the emergence of mythic men like Lightning Hopkins, T.C. Steele, and Freddie Hubbard from the physical landscape the promise of place that many see as a crossroads rather than a home becomes the motherland we all wish that we had. The  promise of place that many see as a crossroads rather than a home becomes the motherland we all wish that we had. The sophomore poetry collection by D.A. Lockhart explores his time at the crossroads and the manner that those around us, from the infamous to the everyman, find their roots in a land that is all too often overlooked in a mad race to be some place or something other than where they should be or what they truly are.

Author website:

Poetry Night at The Strand
Presented by Three Sisters Books & Gifts
Wednesday, October 18 at 7pm
The Strand Theatre
215 S. Harrison in Shelbyville

Bring your poems to share during the Open Mic or just come to listen.

Brick Street South Poetry Series

Nancy Chen Long Co-presented by Brick Street Poetry and Big Car Collaborative
Thursday, October 19,  6:30 pm
Tube Factory artspace, 1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis
An Open Mic will follow the presentation

From Nancy Chen Long: "I live with my woodsman husband and blue-eyed dog in south-central Indiana, where the first wave of hills flows out of the flatlands. As a volunteer with the Bloomington Writers Guild, I coordinate a reading series and work with others to offer free poetry workshops to the public. My first book Light into Bodies was named as the winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (University of Tampa Press, 2017). I also have a chapbook, Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find my recent and forthcoming work in Ninth Letter, Zone 3, The Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, the Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. I am the grateful recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship in poetry and a Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center scholarship. I have a BS in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA. My author website is"

Purdue Department of English/Literary Reading Series

Poet Maurice Manning
Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm

Krannert Auditorium
Maurice Manning
Maurice Manning reads from his poetry

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

D.A. Lockhart reading & book signing
Thursday, October 19, 6:30pm

We welcome author and former Irvington resident D.A. Lockhart who will be reading and signing his new poetry collection, This City at the CrossroadsSee description above.

Edward Kelsey Moore book signing
Friday, October 20,  5:30pm to 7:30pm

We are extremely pleased to welcome author Edward Kelsey Moore who will be discussing and signing his new book, The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues: A Novel.  This is the sequel to his acclaimed first book, The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat.

Book Club meeting with Sarah Schmitt
Wednesday, October 25,  7:00pm

We will be discussing It's a Wonderful Death with author Sarah Schmitt.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Ariana Reines Reading and Talk
Saturday, October 21 at 1 PM -3 PM
Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

Join us for a reading and talk with Ariana Reines. Named one of Flavorwire's 100 best living writers and "a crucial voice of her generation" by Michael Silverblatt, Ariana Reines lives in Queens, mostly. Text from a Reines poem was used in the Larissa Hammond piece, "Initiation." Hammond's exhibit, "The / a mind the b mind," is currently on display at Tube Factory. This event will mark the close of the exhibition. To ensure a seat, RSVP at

Her books include The Cow (Alberta Prize, 2006), Coeur de Lion (2007); Mercury (2011), A Sand Book (2017), from FENCE, and The Origin of the World (2014) from Semiotext(e). TELEPHONE, her first play (2009) was commissioned by The Foundry Theatre and received two Obie Awards; a Norwegian translation will premiere in Mollebyen, Norway in 2017.
Go to the facebook page to learn more...

This event is in partnership with University of Indianapolis and made possible by a grant through Indiana Humanities

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, October 24  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 Rosaleen Crowley.
Rosaleen was in born in Cork and graduated from UCC. Rosaleen first moved from Ireland to the South of England and then to the North of England where she taught Speech and Drama before she relocated to Carmel, Indiana, USA.  Rosaleen’s Point of Connection, a paintings and poetry, hardcover book was first published in Ireland by Bradshaw Books. Later, helped by Nancy and Art Baxter,Hawthorne Publishing in the USA, it is now distributed by Roscro and Co, LLC, Carmel IN.   Water, nature and open spaces are constant images and the concept of “home” is a constant theme. Exploring Cultural Identity through Irish art and poetry was read at Global Irish Diaspora Congress at University College Dublin on August 17. At this October 24 program at Theater at the Fort, Indianapolis, you will hear and experience an insight into Rosaleen’s Irish Heart and Spirit and come to reflect on your own identity. 

Featuring Alessandra Lynch, Natalie Solmer, and Sarah Miller Freehauf
Tuesday, October 24 at 7-8 pm

Tube Factory artspace
1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

At this first gathering of The Round reading series, three awesome poets read their work, and you can enter a raffle to win a copy of Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment by Alessandra Lynch at the reading. Snacks are free. Drinks available for purchase.

ALESSANDRA LYNCH is the author of three books of poetry, Daylily Called It a Dangerous Moment (Alice James Books, 2017), It Was a Terrible Cloud at Twilight (Pleiades/LSU Press, 2008), and Sails the Wind Left Behind (Alice James Books, 2002). Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. She has had residencies at the MacDowell Colony for the Arts and Yaddo. She teaches at Butler University and lives in Indianapolis.

NATALIE SOLMER is founder and editor-in-chief of The Indianapolis Review. Her poems have appeared in Glass Poetry, Yes Poetry, Split This Rock, and elsewhere. She teaches at IUPUI, Ivy Tech, and Indiana Writers Center and lives in Speedway, Indiana.

SARAH MILLER FREEHAUF is the founding editor of Teenage Wasteland Review, assistant editor for Divedapper, and a reader for [PANK]. Her poems have appeared in Vinyl, The Offing, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere. She teaches English and creative writing in Indianapolis.

Kellogg Writers Series @ the University of Indianapolis

‎Indiana Writers Spotlight: Lori Rader-Day and Christopher Coake
Wednesday, October 25 at 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Schwitzer Student Center Room 010
Central Indiana authors and friends Lori Rader-Day and Christopher Coake return to Indianapolis for a night that promises to be a raucous Hoosier reunion! Award-winning mystery writer Rader-Day’s newest novel, The Day I Died, captures small-town Indiana so vividly that it’s unnervingly readable. And Coake’s literary sensibilities for the unspeakable, the kept, and the troublesome are as rich and fertile as the landscape of his youth. You do not want to miss this event.

Kelly Writers Series @ Depauw University
Natalie Diaz
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium
Natalie Diaz was born in the Fort Mojave Indian Village in Needles, California. She is Mojave and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian community. She earned a BA from Old Dominion University, where she received a full athletic scholarship. Diaz played professional basketball in Europe and Asia before returning to Old Dominion to earn an MFA. She is the author of the poetry collection When My Brother Was an Aztec (2012), which New York Times reviewer Eric McHenry described as an “ambitious … beautiful book.” Her honors and awards include the Nimrod/Hardman Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Louis Untermeyer Scholarship in Poetry from Bread Loaf, the Narrative Poetry Prize, and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.
Diaz lives in Mohave Valley, Arizona, where she has worked with the last speakers of Mojave and directed a language revitalization program. In a PBS interview, she spoke of the connection between writing and experience: "for me writing is kind of a way for me to explore why I want things and why I'm afraid of things and why I worry about things. And for me, all of those things represent a kind of hunger that comes with being raised in a place like this.”  (Bio from the Poetry Foundation Website).

Ball State University/Visiting Writers Series

Kelcey Parker Ervick
Thursday, October 26 @ 8:30 pm
Arts and Jounralism Building (AJ) 225
Kelcey Ervick-bw
Kelcey Parker Ervick is the author of The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová, a hybrid work of biography, memoir, and art. Her previous books include the novella Liliane's Balcony and the short story collection For Sale By Owner winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award. She currently teaches at Indiana University South Bend.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington

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

October 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403

Guest Readers: LuAnne Holladay and Antonia Matthew
LuAnne Hollady
is a long-time resident of Bloomington and a recovering arts administrator. She’s been a writer in some form or other for just about all of her life: sometimes for work, sometimes for herself, always for sanity.

Antonia Matthew
was born in England and has lived in Bloomington since 1968. She is a member of the Five Women Poets writing group and the Bell Trace Writers Group. Five Women Poets started in 1974 has published three chapbooks and recorded one cd. She has been published in several magazines and anthologies.

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


Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 03, 2017

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