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


This is National Poetry Month and there are many poetry events happening on a daily basis.  Since we cannot possibly list all the events,  please click here for JL Kato's Poetry Notebook.  He has a wonderful comprehensive list for you to access.

Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series at Butler University
Diane Seuss
Tuesday, April 18 at 7:30 PM

Robertson Hall/Ford Salon
4600 Sunset Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46208
Diane Seuss was born in Michigan City, Indiana, in 1956 and raised in Edwardsburg and Niles, Michigan. She studied at Kalamazoo College and Western Michigan University, where she received a master’s degree in social work. Seuss is the author of three books of poetry: Wolf Lake, White Gown Blown Open (University of Massachusetts Press, 2010), recipient of the Juniper Prize for Poetry; It Blows You Hollow (New Issues Press, 1998); and her third book Four-Legged Girl (Graywolf Press, 2015) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016.

She served as the MacLean Distinguished Visiting Professor in the English department at Colorado College in 2012 and is currently writer-in-residence at Kalamazoo College, where she has been on the faculty since 1988.

University of Notre Dame/Institute for Latino Studies
Poet Rigoberto Gonzalez reading from his work
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30-8:30PM

Hesburgh Center for International Studies Auditorium
Letras Latinas, the literary initiative of the Institute for Latino Studies presents award-winning author, Rigoberto Gonzalez on April 19. Pre-event reception at 6:15 pm at 204 McKenna Hall West Lounge.
Creative Writing Program, Department of Romance Languages and literatures, Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

INconversation with Alan Lightman
Thursday, April 20

Eidson-Duckwall Hall, Butler University
A modern classic, Einstein’s Dreams is a fictional collage of stories dreamed by Albert Einstein in 1905, when he worked in a patent office in Switzerland. Its poetic vignettes explore the connections between science and art, the process of creativity and the tender fragility of human existence. It’s the kind of genre-defying book that is only possible at the intersection of the humanities—literature, history, philosophy—and STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. That’s why Indiana Humanities is pleased to welcome author Alan Lightman to Indianapolis to kick off our new thematic initiative Quantum Leap. Join us as we talk with Alan, author of many acclaimed books, plays and essays, about the links between the physical and metaphysical worlds and discover how a physicist becomes a National Book Award finalist and humanities professor at MIT. Conversation will be moderated by Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Director of Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative.

This event is proudly presented by Indiana Humanities in partnership with the daVinci Pursuit and Butler University’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Initiative.

Reserve your free tickets here.  Doors open at 6pm for cocktails and light hors d’ouevres. Book signing to follow.

Brick Street South Poetry Series and Big Car Collaborative
Present Dan Grossman
Thursday, April 20  at 6:30 PM

Tube Factory Artspace, 1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis
An open mic follow the reading.

Dan Grossman
is a freelance writer with an 10-year track-record covering the central Indiana art scene for NUVO News. He has won four awards from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his writing. His poetry has been published in So it Goes (the literary magazine of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library), Punchnel's. Five Fingers Review, and other publications. His novel, Rogue Elephants, was inspired by his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, West Africa.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at IUPUI
Featuring Novelist Lili Wright
Thursday, April 20  8pm

IUPUI Campus Center/Room 405, Indianapolis, Indiana
Free Admission/Tickets Available at
(Attendees are encouraged to register for free tickets, as seating will be limited. Books will be available for purchase, and the author will sign books after the reading.)
Lili Wright is the author of Dancing with the Tiger, a literary thriller set in Mexico, and the travel memoir Learning to Float. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and numerous other publications. Wright will read from and discuss her new novel, which The New York Times called “electric with plot.”


9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Jan Maher book signing
Friday, April 21 at 6:30pm

Jan Maher will be discussing and signing her book, Earth As It Is.

Bookmamas Book Club meeting
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
We will be discussing A Man Without a Country by Kurt Vonnegut.  Chris LeFave of the Vonnegut Memorial Library will be leading our group discussion.

Indy Reads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Samrat Upadhyay Book Launch for Mad Country
Friday, April 21 at 7PM

Samrat Upadhyay’s Mad Country tells (poignantly and pitilessly) the stories of a cross-section of characters in Nepal and the United States: journalists harassed and murdered by their own government, a Nepali-American immigrant who joins the Ferguson protests, a white American woman in Kathmandu obsessed with Nepali culture, and a range of others: loners, fractured families, characters drawn to or repelled by otherness, people caught between cultures in global currents they can only partially comprehend. The narrator of the title story, lying sleepless in a prison cell, her world turned upside down by a change in politics, thinking about the people she used to know, says: They came to me as though they were people I’d known a long time ago, perhaps when I lived in a distant, mad country. Is it the past that’s mad, or the present? Or are we the mad ones, for believing in any particular system—that it will endure, that our positions in it will be safe?

Samrat Upadhyay is the Martha C. Kraft Professor of Humanities at Indiana University.
You can learn more about his book here:

Robert Stephen Craig's book release: "The Innocent and the Dead" at Indy Reads
Saturday, April 22, 2pm – 4pm

A ghost story with a subplot of reincarnation and spirit channeling:
In 1889 two men rode out into the night to murder an Indiana farm family. After almost a hundred years Bill, Diane, and their daughter Mary move into a house built on the site of the old massacre. They bring a haunted past to a haunted house, and it involves not only this life but two previous life times. One man, John McCauley, can help them. John has a haunted past of his own, and it involves his relationship with the man who orchestrated the nineteenth century mass murder.


37th Annual Christamore House Guild’s Book & Author Benefit Luncheon
Friday, April 21
Indiana Roof Ballroom

This year we have FIVE new authors all with new book releases—three of them are New York Times bestselling authors, and two are debut novelists.  Full list of 2017 authors:  Christina Baker Kline, A PIECE OF THE WORLD (best know for her bestselling ORPHAN TRAIN); Sara Jio, ALWAYS; Christina Kovac, THE CUTAWAY; Benjamin Ludwig, GINNY MOON; Vaddey Ratner, MUSIC OF THE GHOSTS. 

All of the proceeds from the Luncheon go to scholarships and educational programming at the
Christamore House in the Haughville neighborhood of Indianapolis. Tickets at

In partnership with Brick Street Poetry, Inc. and the Quilt Connection Guild, the Indianapolis  Artsgarden presents weekly poetry readings from Indiana poets each Monday at 12:15 pm in April
  in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Monday, April 24: Luke Austin Daugherty, Barry Harris, Bonnie Maurer

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, April 25  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.  In honor of National Poetry Month we are having a Poem By Heart Challenge: learn a poem by heart (by your favorite poet, one of your own creations, or both!)  We will take turns sharing these well-cared for, deeply learned poems and discussing the process of learning poetry by heart (which is different than just memorizing.)

An Evening with the Poets at Franklin College
Thursday, April 27  at 7:00 P.M.

Branigin Room Napolitan Student Center/Franklin College
Featuring Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah

Click here to see the flyer with all the details.


Go here for all the details about Booth X


9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219
Sunday, April 30 at 3-5 PM
Come celebrate National Poetry Month & the Indianapolis release of Nancy Chen Long's 'Light into Bodies,' winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. Long will be joined by poets Rachel Sahaidachny and J.T. Whitehead.

Nancy Chen Long, a 2017 National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing fellow in poetry, is the author of Light into Bodies, winner of the 2016 Tampa Review Prize for Poetry (University of Tampa Press, 2017)  as well as Clouds as Inkblots for the War Prone (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2013). You’ll find her recent and forthcoming work in Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, Zone 3, Briar Cliff Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Bat City Review, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and elsewhere. As a volunteer with the local Writers Guild, Nancy coordinates a reading series and works with others to offer free poetry workshops to the public. To give back to the writing community at-large, she reviews poetry books and interview poets at the blog Poetry Matters (, as  well as on her blog She has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA, worked as an electrical engineer, software consultant, and project manager, and more recently earned an MFA. She works at Indiana University in the Research Technologies division.
Praise for Light Into Bodies:
"Nancy Chen Long’s poems are lush, meditative, and quietly urgent. With lines that are lyrically charged and haunted by the past, these poems long to be heard and carried in the ear. Here are poems that are   not afraid of beauty, or silence, or to know, “Dust is never an option. I have no need to hide.” "~Ada Limón

Rachel Sahaidachny holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University. She was a finalist in the 2016 Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards, and twice nominated for the AWP Intro Journals Award. She is co-editor of Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, and former poetry editor of Booth: A Journal. Recent writing has been published in Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, Red Paint Hill, Nuvo, Indiana Humanities, and others. She works as programs manager for the Indiana Writers Center in Indianapolis.

J.T.Whitehead has traveled in Holland, France, Hong Kong, and China, and has studied in the U.K. Whitehead's work has appeared in Left Curve, the Lilliput Review, and Gargoyle. He is a Pushcart Prize-nominated short story author, a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet, and the winner of the 2015 Margaret Randall Poetry Prize. He is also the Editor in Chief of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt  Vonnegut Memorial Library. His collection of poetry The Table of the Elements (Broadkill River Press 2015) was nominated for the National Book Award. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two sons, where he practices law by day, and writes poetry by night.

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

Guest Readers: Richard Durisen and Samuel Franklin
Sunday, April 30 @ 3:00–4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
This event is free and open to the public/Free Parking in the back.
Richard H. Durisen is a retired Professor of Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington. As a theoretical astrophysicist, he has worked on a variety of topics, including planet formation, meteoroid bombardment of Saturn’s rings, and the growth of black holes at the centers of galaxies. Since retirement in the summer of 2010, after family, friends, and travel, Richard has devoted most of his time to creative writing, including poetry and short stories, often with science fiction, fantasy, and horror themes. He has had three pieces of flash fiction published (at 713 Flash, Brilliant Flash Fiction, and Disturbed Digest), and one of his longer fantasy stories was included in the 2014 fiction issue of Bloomington’s magazine The Ryder.  His speculative poetry has appeared in Disturbed Digest, Illumen, FrostFire Worlds, and Space and Time. Richard is an active member of the local writers group Our Writing League and of the Emeriti House Poetry Appreciation Group. He has given public readings of his poetry and fiction in Bloomington and elsewhere.
Samuel T. Franklin is mostly from Indiana, by way of Clayton, Terre Haute, and Bloomington, where he has lived since January 2014. He currently puts his degrees in history and English to good use as a technical writer, and his first book of poetry, The God of Happiness, was published in November 2016 through Main Street Rag Publishing Company. Although he has no desire to live in one again, he will always have a soft spot for small, structurally questionable apartments. He can be found at

Author Ben Winters
Monday, May 8, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

JCC Indianapolis, IN
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Imagine an America where the Civil War never happened and slavery still exists. Acclaimed author Ben H. Winters has done just that, and the result is his stunning and audacious thriller, UNDERGROUND AIRLINES—the lead summer title from Mulholland Books for 2016.

In UNDERGROUND AIRLINES, Ben Winters mashes and manipulates the thriller and speculative-history genres to explore deeper themes of slavery and racism’s bitter legacy. Victor’s world cannot quite be described as a dystopia, as there are far too many echoes of his damaged surroundings within our own. Ben’s attempt at holding up a mirror to our current world to see what looks back is a noble one, but reminds us still of Bertolt Brecht, who believed that “art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” UNDERGROUND AIRLINES will be, for some readers, the hammer that helps shape a new reality of understanding, awareness, and dialogue. Click here for the flyer.
Go here for Tickets

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

Written by Roxanna Santoro — April 11, 2017

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