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

Poetry on Brick Street
featuring Jessica Reed
Thursday, August 2; 7 p.m.
at SullivanMunce Cultural Center

225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
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Jessica Reed will be reading from her chapbook World, Composed (Finishing Line Press), which takes aim at the universe of physics in all its complexity. Hers is a voice of scientific authority and poetic innovation, in literary conversation with the ancient poet Lucretius, who first explored the existence of atoms in verse. Poet and essayist Marianne Boruch characterizes this collection as “a celebration of the visible and invisible,” and poet Bin Ramke describes World, Composed as “a new but already necessary book.” Reed’s work has appeared in Crazyhorse; Conjunctions; North American Review; Bellingham Review; New American Writing; Colorado Review; Waxwing; 111O; The Fourth River; The Indianapolis Review; Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, and elsewhere. She has a MFA in poetry and a BS in physics, both from Purdue University. She taught creative writing at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona, and for the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, where she designed special writing courses, such as “Writing Workshop: Where Art Meets Science.” For two years, she taught science-themed poetry at an all-female STEM summer program in Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Recently, she taught science-themed poetry in Beijing, China for the Center for Excellence in Education. She currently teaches a yearlong seminar at Butler University on physics and the arts. She lives in Indiana with her husband and chickens.

Storytelling Arts of Indiana

10th Annual Liar's Contest
Friday, August 3, 7 p.m.
Indiana State Fair in Pioneer Village

Calling all liars. Particpate in the 10th Annual Liar's Contest, August 3, 7 p.m. on opening night of the Indiana State Fair in Pioneer Village. Cash prizes and ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the youth and adult categories.

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

Regina Hairston Smith reading You Will Always Be Mommy's Baby
Saturday, August 4,  2pm – 4pm
Join us for a reading of You Will Always Be Mommy's a story of a mother's reassuring love no matter where life takes you.

Stephen Kropa reading Hufflepuff is Enough: A Geeky Myself Help Book
Wednesday, August 8, 6pm – 7pm
Comedian Stephen Kropa takes you through the trials and tribulations of the first third of his life with the help of his constant: pop culture. This book is for everyone who has written fan fiction, cried when a fictional character died, and knows the question "what's your favorite movie?" is impossible to answer.
Follow him on Twitter: @KropaCabana

Cheryl Reed Book Signing
Saturday, August 11 at 1 PM - 3 PM

Writers Guild at Bloomington

First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, August 5 @ 3:00–5:00 pm

Monroe County Public Library room 2A
303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408

With guest readers Denise Breeden-Ost and PDNVCH.
Open Mic follows the guest readers.

Players Pub Spoken Word Series
August 9, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Players Pub

424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401

Featuring Gilbert Ndahayo (poetry), Hiromi Yoshida (poetry), T.K. Williams (poetry)
with music by Sitar Outreach Ministry (psychedelic sitar)

GILBERT NDAHAYO is an African Movie Academy Award® nominated film director and two-times winner of the Best Documentary Feature at Silicon Valley African Film Festival for “The Rwandan Night” (2013) and “Rwanda: Beyond the Deadly Pit” (2010). His 32-minutes first fiction film “Scars of my Days” – a morality tale and visceral cinematic experience of “Sin City” set in Africa – aired on French television TV5 Monde and premiered at the 2007 New York’s TriBeCa Film Festival film in the presence of the former US President Bill Clinton. Ndahayo was born in 1975 in the Mishahi forest, a traditional village of Astrida (Southern Province), and raised into an Abatsobe family – the royal ritualist – as one of the last great grand-sons of Umwami (King) of Rwanda. With the outbreak of the Tutsi genocide, Ndahayo alongside with other twenty-seven young boys were hiding at CND’s bunker, guarded by the Inkotanyi’s Rukaga – six hundred soldiers of the RPF’s third battalion. His parents, grandparents and fifty-two members of his immediate family were massacred. Ndahayo’s debut Kinyarwanda poetry collections “Vida and Me-n”, “Ndabaga – the Archangel-e” and “Slayers and the Bird” were performed in the Spring of 2005 before an audience of eleven thousand people at Amahoro stadium in the capital city of Rwanda. Ndahayo holds Master’s degree in Fine Arts in Film from Columbia University in New York City and currently lives in Bloomington working on his first novel.

HIROMI YOSHIDA is a winner of multiple Indiana University Writers’ Conference awards. Her poems have been published in a variety of literary magazines and journals that include Indiana Voice Journal, Flying Island, The Asian American Literary Review, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. An active member of the Beat Generation and Daily Haiku Facebook Groups, Hiromi’s status updates frequently assume haiku form.

From and made of parts unknown, TK WILLIAMS graduated from the University of Evansville with a BFA in poetry in 2008. Their work has been published in the journals Outrageous Fortune, Bad Pony and Inflection: A Collection of New Poetry, as well as several poetry zines and, soon, a Carly Rae Jepsen fanbook. TK’s work as of late has focused on exploring transgender and disabled identities, with the occasional dip into professional wrestling as an expression of love. Don’t tell their professors that last part.

Pieces of Me: Book Launch Party
Davisha Fredericks
Saturday, August 11,  1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Art Bank
811 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Join Davisha Fredericks as she celebrates the launch of her book, Pieces of Me.
ABOUT THE BOOK: In the memoir, the author presents a heart wrenching story about her journey as a young mother who was subjected to 10 years of physical, emotional, psychological, and financial abuse. Through her personal story of growth and triumph, readers will gain an inside glance at not only how she endured the abuse, but also how, over the course of 15 years, she gained the strength and faith to turn the impossible to possible.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Davisha will sign books and answer questions.

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Indiana Prison Writers Workshop (program) to hold a traveling exhibit from 6-10pm on Friday, September 7 at Rabble Coffee House in Indianapolis, Ind., featuring work by both free and incarcerated artists. The collection was curated by Indiana Prison Writers Workshop. No monies will be accepted on behalf of the artists work.

Indiana Prison Writers Workshop's mission is to improve the lives of those incarcerated through writing and expression. The certificate-based workshop, in partnership with the Department of Corrections, advances critical-thinking and problem-solving skills and uncovers issues once buried. IPWW prepares men and women for successful re-entry and the tempo of life in the free society through creative writing and improved communications.


Written by Roxanna Santoro — July 03, 2018

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