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

Tuesday, June 20 at 7 PM - 8:30 PM

652 E 52nd St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205

Kaveh Akbar’s poems appear recently or soon in The New Yorker, Poetry, Tin House, Ploughshares, FIELD, Georgia Review, PBS NewsHour, Harvard Review, American Poetry Review, Narrative, The Poetry Review, AGNI, New England Review, A Public Space, Prairie Schooner, Virginia Quarterly Review, Poetry International, Best New Poets 2016, Guernica, Boston Review, and elsewhere. His debut full-length collection, Calling a Wolf a Wolf, is forthcoming with Alice James Books in Fall 2017, and his chapbook, Portrait of the Alcoholic, is out with Sibling Rivalry Press. The recipient of a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a Pushcart Prize, and the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, and currently lives and teaches in Florida.

Kaveh founded and edits Divedapper, a home for dialogues with the most vital voices in contemporary poetry. Previously, he ran The Quirk, a for-charity print literary journal. He has also served as Poetry Editor for BOOTH and Book Reviews Editor for the Southeast Review. Along with Gabrielle Calvocoressi, francine j. harris, and Jonathan Farmer, he starred on All Up in Your Ears, a monthly poetry podcast.

Paige Lewis’s first chapbook, “Reasons to Wake You,” is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. Winner of The Florida Review’s 2016 Editors’ Award in Poetry, Paige’s poems have appeared in, or are forthcoming from, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Massachusetts Review, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Ninth Letter and elsewhere.Paige currently serves as Assistant Editor at Divedapper and as Assistant Poetry Editor of The Southeast Review. Paige lives and teaches in Tallahassee, Florida.

Word. Poetry Open Mic
Tuesday, June 20 - 7 PM-10 PM
Rabble Coffee
2119 E 10th St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46201

Happy Pride Month!!
This is the 10th edition of Word., a monthly poetry open mic hosted by Violet Dawe and Rabble Coffee. Each month, we feature a different Spoken Word artist.
For June, your feature is Michael Baumann

Doors open and mic sign ups at 7pm
Mic starts at 8pm
No cover/Suggested donation

Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis 46202

Marbles: Mental Health Panel Discussion with Graphic Novelist Ellen Forney
Wednesday, June 21, 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Tickets at EventBrite.
Join us at Indy Reads Books as Seattle-based graphic novelist Ellen Forney discusses her memoir "Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me." The panel discussion will also include Kimberly Comer of NAMI Indiana and Dave Combs of the Department of Public Words.

A Father's Love & Difficult Decisions
Saturday, June 24, 6pm – 8pm

A discussion with local fathers regarding the challenges of raising a daughter and the motivation behind their parenting choices. This panel is based on excerpts from the memoir "Dating Daddy: Realizing God as Father through Daddy Issues and Bad Romance" by Shavonne Holton. The event will include a reading by the author, the panel discussion, and access to community resources. Books will be available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Indy Reads Books adult literacy initiatives

Blog to Book Panel | Hosted by PRINTtEXT + Indy Women in Food
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Wednesday, June 21 at 7 PM - 9 PM

652 E 52nd St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46205

Join us in Indianapolis for a lively and honest discussion about our journeys from blog to book, moderated by Leslie Bailey. This event is hosted by Indy Women in Food and PRINTtext.

Sonja Overhiser | A Couple Cooks
Shelly Westerhausen | Vegetarian Ventures
Lauren McDuffie | Harvest & Honey
Nicole Gulotta | Eat This Poem

Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the conversation begins at 7 pm!



9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Ray Gleason book signing
Friday, June 23 - 5:30pm
Author Ray Gleason will be discussing and signing his new book, The Swabian Affair, book 3 of the Gaius Marius chronicles.

Book Club meeting
Wednesday, June 28 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

We will be discussing My Father Before Me: A Memoir with author Chris Forhan.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Rail Lines Poetry Reading Presented by Brick Street Poetry
Hosted by Save The Nickel Plate Road

Monday, June 26 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Hamilton East Public Library

5 Municipal Dr, Fishers, Indiana 46038

Brick Street Poetry presents: Rail Lines
Come and enjoy a night of poetry reading by local poets and writers using their skills to support the preservation of the Nickel Plate railroad.

The Poets Laureate of Lawrence
Tuesday, June 27  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.)
Fort Ben
Tonight, instead of a featured poet, we will meet at the Theater at the Fort, then carpool to nearby Fort Harrison Park to write nature inspired poetry.  Those interested can send tonight’s writing to submit to the Fort Ben Writer’s online journal for publication.

Written by Roxanna Santoro — May 30, 2017

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