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

International Film Premier - Kurt's Karass-Dan Wakefield

Tuesday, May 21  7:15 PM – 8:45 PM
Shortridge High School
3401 N Meridian St, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Free film premier.

Kurt’s Karass: Dan Wakefield, a 35-minute short documentary about Kurt Vonnegut Jr, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring the star of the film segment, Indiana’s own Dan Wakefield.

In the film, Wakefield reminisces about Kurt, a 1940 graduate of Shortridge and editor of the school’s daily paper, The Echo. Wakefield, also an Echo writer, graduated a decade later. Wakefield traces his friendship with Kurt from his first meeting with Vonnegut in 1963 to the year before Vonnegut died.

There will be a panel discussion to follow.

As I Recall Storytelling Guild

Tuesday, May 21 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Hamilton East Public Library in Noblesville

1 Library Plaza, Noblesville, IN 46060

Join us for a fun evening of stories. This is your chance to share a story or memory from your life. Listeners are welcome too!

Speakeasy Presents: The Mother of All Tales
Tuesday, May 21, 8:00PM
$5 | 21+
​White Rabbit Cabaret

Our mothers birthed us, adopted us, raised us, left us, built us up or tore us down -- let's talk about it. Come to Speakeasy on May 21 to hear stories about our moms, about motherhood, or about what mothering means to us.
Doors 7, Show 8   
$5 cash at the door  Must be 21+ w/ Valid ID
Interested in telling a story?
Contact the show on Facebook - HERE

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting-Monroe County Library

Michal Koryta guest speaker
May 22, 2019 @ 5:45 pm – 8:15 pm
Monroe County Public Library

303 E Kirkwood Ave, Bloomington, IN 47408
This program is free and open to the public.
Doors open at 5:15 pm.

New York Times bestselling author, Michael Koryta, will be the guest speaker for the Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. Koryta has been heralded as a master of mystery and suspense.  Come hear about Koryta’s newest book, If She Wakes, coming out May 14. Author Raymond Fleischmann will interview Koryta to help us discover more about his writing.

Bring a friend to enjoy an engaging conversation with Michael Koryta, and to learn about all of the amazing things happening at your public library! If She Wakes will be available for sale.
Please join us for a reception and book signing at 7:15 pm after the program in Meeting Room 1B.


Pride Poets Attack! ft. Sylvia Thomas
Wednesday, May 22, 7 PM – 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

This month's Poets Attack! format will deviate a little from our typical structure--BUT FOR A VERY EXCITING REASON.

We'll be hosting the last reading for the Indy Pride Resident Poet competition. The final three contenders from a series that begins Wednesday May 8th at VOCAB and continues into ICONOCLAST the following week on May 16th, will feature at this reading to determine who is crowned victor.

We'll also be featuring local poet Sylvia Thomas who has just released her chapbook, Divine! Join us for this wonderful event.

Poets 4 Unity Special Edition: Featuring Tony Brewer

Thursday, May 23 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Runciple Spoon Cafe and Restaurant
412 E. 6th St, Bloomington

The Poets 4 Unity monthly reading series was held from December 2016 through April 2017 in response to the 2016 presidential election outcome. The series showcased Bloomington’s diverse voices to build solidarity during those first five post-election months. Poets 4 Unity now returns to co-host with the Writers Guild at Bloomington a special edition featuring Tony Brewer, who will read from Homunculus, his most recent book of poems (Dos Madres, 2019) featured in the April 2019 issue of The Ryder Magazine. Come and enjoy a cozy after hours evening of poetry over excellent Runcible Spoon fare!
Homunculus will be available for $17.00 per copy.

The featured reading will open with Joan Hawkins and Adam Henze.

TONY BREWER is a poet, event producer, voice actor, and live sound effects artist from Bloomington, Indiana. He is Executive Director of the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival, and his books include: The Great American Scapegoat (self-published, 2006), Little Glove in a Big Hand (Plan B Press, 2010), Hot Type Cold Read (Chatter House Press, 2013), and Homunculus (Dos Madres Press, 2019). His work has been anthologized in And Know This Place: Poetry of Indiana (Indiana Historical Society Press, 2011), and Writers Resist: Hoosier Writers Unite (Chatter House Press, 2017). Tony co-founded the first poetry slam in Indiana in 2001 and competed, coached, and toured with a team until 2006. He is a literary consultant, a sound effects artist, and a regular voice for Cricket’s Bone Caravan audio theatre, which has won awards from the Kansas City HEAR Now Audio Fiction and Arts Festival and the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced and recorded for the lit programs Books Unbound, and The Linen of Words, on WFHB community radio; and Anthology and The Poets Weave on WFIU public radio. He was made a Kentucky Colonel in 2012, and has won numerous awards, earning national recognition for his live sound effects work. Tony has been offering Poetry On Demand at coffeehouses, museums, cemeteries, churches, bars, and art and music festivals for over 10 years, and he is one-third of the poetry performance group Reservoir Dogwoods. By day, a mild-mannered book compositor at Indiana University Press, Tony also appears on the 2017 album Paris Suite, and frequently collaborates with experimental audio collective Urban Deer.

Krapf & Bonham: Bob Dylan 78th Birthday Bash
Friday, May 24,  12:15-1:10
Indy Artsgarden


Former Indiana Poet Laureate Norbert Krapf & bluesman Gordon Bonham celebrate Bob Dylan's 78th Birthday with a blues and poetry tribute. Gordon will perform Dylan songs, some originals, and back Norbert as he recites poem tributes to Dylan and some of the blues greats he loves, including Robert Johnson. This is a free event. You may eat lunch at one of the tables during the performance. Food Court is up the steps from the AG. Bring friends, relatives, etc. We always have fun performing together and want you to have fun too. Some folks even dance!

A play by Ramla Bandele
Go here for tickets:

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, May 28 from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
Sterrett Center

8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Please join us at The Poets Laureate of Lawrence – we host a monthly featured poet followed by an open reading that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month our featured poet is: Terry Kirts.

Terry Kirts is a graduate of IU’s Master of Fine Arts program in creative writing, He hails from a town in Illinois so small it didn’t have a restaurant until he was in the 8th grade. Since 2000, he’s more than made up for the dearth of eateries in his childhood, logging hundreds of meals as the dining critic for WHERE Indianapolis,Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before joining Indianapolis Monthly as a contributing editor in 2007. A senior lecturer in creative writing at IUPUI, Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana, and he’s the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011.

Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered Release Party
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 9 PM

Join us for a Murderino party to celebrate the release of Karen & Georgia's new book! We'll have true-crime trivia, giveaways, and snacks so good you'd murder for them. You'll have an opportunity to share your favorite murders with the group. We'll also have goodies for everyone who pre-orders the book (while they last!)


If you don't know who we're talking about, go check out the My Favorite Murder podcast, and thank us later for the recommendation.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 06, 2019

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