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

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, May 23  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.  This month we are featuring Tracy Mishkin.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!

Tracy is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA student in Creative Writing at Butler University. She is the author of two chapbooks, I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and The Night I Quit Flossing (Five Oaks Press, 2016).  An Indiana native, she has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Parody. 

9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club meeting
May 24 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
We will be discussing The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Indy Reads Books

Adrian Matejka. Indiana Humanities IN Conversation
Thursday, May 25, 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Please RSVP:
Adrian Matejka
Growing up in Indianapolis in the 1980s, Adrian Matejka dreamed about outer space. In a time of space shuttles and the Strategic Defense Initiative, Star Trek and Sun Ra, the stars both guided and obscured the earthly complexities of race, poverty, masculinity and migration. These themes play out in Adrian’s new collection of poetry, Map to the Stars. Indiana Humanities, in partnership with Indy Reads Books, is proud to host the Circle City debut of the Pulitzer Prize finalist’s new book. Join us to hear Adrian read from the collection, talk about his inspirations and answer questions from the audience. Light snacks and drinks—space-themed, of course—will be served, and a book signing will follow.

Adrian Matejka is the author of three collections of poetry: The Devil’s Garden (2002); Mixology (2009), which was a winner of the National Poetry Series competition; and The Big Smoke (2013) which won the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. Adrian is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation and United States Artists. He lives in Bloomington, Ind., with his wife and daughter.

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: Breon Tyler,  Charles Culp
Sunday, May 28 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403

This event is free and open to the public.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!  Free parking in the back.
Breon Tyler is a visual artist from Gloucester, Virginia who also writes poetry. Her favorite medium is lithography, a form of printmaking. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University and is wrapping up a master’s degree in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. Her research contemplates why and how Black people love despite the physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual violence they have endured and are still enduring. Some of the things that bring her the most joy, aside from creating, include laughing, cooking, and dancing.
Charles Culp was born in Vincennes, Indiana and has been writing poetry in some form since he was 17. After receiving his degree in Education from Indiana University in 2008, he joined Americorps. Since then he has been an advocate for non-profit and community education in Colorado, Tennessee, and now back in his home state. He is passionate about making a truthful and lasting connection through his poetry, and he believes every person has an opportunity to grow and thrive as they discover their calling through the most formative years of their life.

Norbert Krapf and Gordon Bonham
Presented by Arts Council of Indianapolis at Indianapolis Artsgarden
Tuesday, May 30 at 12:15 pm
Poetry and Blues
Indianapolis Artsgarden
110 W Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204
This free concert is open to the public as a part of the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ Garden Jams Series. Enjoy the music of local Indiana artists, as you relax in the beautiful glass dome of the Indianapolis Artsgarden. 

Poetry on Brick Street
Poetry on Brick Street presents featured guest Ann Hostetler 
Thursday, June 1 at 6:30 pm

SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville
An open mic follows.
ann hostetler
Ann Hostetler is the author of Empty Room with Light and editor of A Cappella: Mennonite Voices in Poetry. She has published scholarly work in PMLA, as well as articles in the Mennonite Quarterly Review and Emerson Studies Quarterly. Ann has also published poetry in The American Scholar, The Cream City Review, Mankato Poetry Review and other literary journals. She is the site editor for the online Center for Mennonite Writing.

Poetry on Brick Street is a monthly series sponsored by Brick Street Poetry Inc. A nonprofit literary arts group that brings poetry to public spaces.

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 — May 01, 2017

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