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.

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).

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

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.

Sherry Stanfa-Stanley book signing
Sunday, October 29, 2017 - 2:00pm

Author Sherry Stanfa-Stanley will be signing and discussing her new book, Finding My Badass Self: A Year of Truths and Dares.

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.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Ryan Schnurr reading In the Watershed: A Journey Down the Maumee River
Saturday, October 28,  1:30pm – 3:00pm

The Maumee River Basin is the largest watershed in the Great Lakes region, collecting runoff from more than 6,600 square miles in Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan and depositing it in Lake Erie—though as the lake’s largest tributary the river’s influence is not entirely positive. In this lively, ruminative book, Ryan Schnurr explores the history, ecology, and culture of the Maumee River, from the influence of glaciers, through its role in Native American and American history, to contemporary environmental issues. Part cultural history, part nature writing, part personal narrative, In the Watershed is a lyrical work of nonfiction in the vein of John McPhee and Ian Frazier with a timely and important message at the core.

In the Watershed, released by Belt Publishing on October 15, 2017, has received advance praise from Luis Alberto Urrea, Scott Russell Sanders, and Mark Athitakis.
Learn more on the website:

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.

University of Notre Dame Creative Writing

Lidia Yuknavitch Reading
Wednesday, November 1,   7:30PM - 9:00PM

Hammes Campus Bookstore
Lidia Yuknavitch is the author of the National Bestselling novels The Book of Joan and The Small Backs of Children, winner of the 2016 Oregon Book Award's Ken Kesey Award for Fiction as well as the Reader's Choice Award, as well as the novel Dora: A Headcase. Her widely acclaimed memoir The Chronology of Water, was a finalist for a PEN Center USA award for creative nonfiction and winner of a PNBA Award and the Oregon Book Award Reader's Choice. The Misfit's Manifesto, her book based on the TED Talk she gave with over 2 million views, is forthcoming in October from TED Books. She founded the workshop series Corporeal Writing in Portland Oregon, where she also teaches Women's Studies, Film Studies, Writing, and Literature. She received her doctorate in Literature from the University of Oregon. She lives in Oregon with her husband Andy Mingo and their renaissance man son, Miles. She is a very good swimmer.

Vivian S. Delbrook writers Series @ Butler University

Monica Youn
Thursday, November 2,  7:30 PM

Robertson Hall, Johnson Room
Free and open to the public
Youn is the author of Blackacre (2016), Barter (2003), and Ignatz, which was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and she has been awarded fellowships from the Library of Congress and Stanford University, among other honors. A former attorney, she now teaches poetry at Princeton University.


Purdue Department of English/Literary Reading Series

Deborah Reed reads from her fiction
Thursday, November 2, 7:30pm

Krannert Auditorium
Deborah Reed is the author of four novels: The Days When Birds Come Back, Olivay, Things We Set on Fire, and Carry Yourself Back to Me. She has also authored two popular thrillers under the pen name Audrey Braun.

Deborah holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is co-director of the Black Forest Writing Seminars at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She teaches creative writing at workshops around the U.S. and in Europe. She lives on the coast of Oregon. 


Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 03, 2017

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