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

VOCAB: The New New
February 12, 2020
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 Prospect St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Indianapolis has some of the most talented artists in the game. This month's show features two that you might not know the name but you will never forget.

Poetry feature: Ayla Walter
Music Feature: Pearl Scott
As always we have our coveted open-mic.
Sign up is at the event and limited to 6 spots.

This is a 21+ event.
Show starts at show starts at 8pm
Cover is $10 cash at the door



Poetry Open Mic
Every Thursday
7 p.m.
Irving Theater
5505 E Washington St
Indianapolis, IN 46219


75th Anniversary of the Firebombing in Dresden
February 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm    $12
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library
543 Indiana Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46202

On the 75th anniversary of the firebombing of Dresden and on the eve of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, we celebrate women veterans. Come hear a history of women in the armed services and take part in an art exhibition and an original poetry reading by female vets. Hosted by former Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner and Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs women’s coordinator Laura McKee. Tickets on Eventbrite.

Notre Dame Creative Writing Reading Series: Zeyn Joukhadar
Thu Feb 13, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Faculty Hall room 232: Decio Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

IUPUI Difficult Conversations Series: Multilingual Writers: Supporting Agency in Academic Institutions
Thu. Feb 13, 2020
Cavanaugh Hall Room 427: 425 University Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46202


Faculty/Alumni Reading featuring Sarah Layden and poet Drew Blanchard
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
4:30 PM
Cavanaugh Hall 508: 425 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN 46202


Poetry at The Yard
Mon. Feb 17, 2020
7 PM – 9:30 PM
Coal Yard Coffee: 5547 Bonna Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46219

We are back for our February installment of the Poetry at the Yard open mic series. Come join us and enjoy some great spoken word and poetry from Indy's freshest poets. We are free and open to everyone. But do enjoy a cup of some of the best coffee you will ever experience from the folks at Coal Yard Coffee. We have a special treat this month. Badfaerie will be warming us up with some great spins from her deck of many beautiful mood setting tracks. Tell friends, family and random folks on the street! Let's fill this place up and shake the dust off of a seemingly mediocre winter as we begin the build up to April, National Poetry Month!

Religion, Spirituality and the Arts: The Story of Jonah

Thursday, February 20, 2020
5:30PM - 8:30PM
JCC Indianapolis
6701 Hoover Rd
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260

FREE, but pre-registration is appreciated. Artist reception 5:30 pm, performances 6:45 pm. Exhibit runs Feb 14-Mar 29

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts (RSA) is a program of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute directed by Rabbi Sandy Sasso that brings together artists, religious leaders and more for discussions of religious texts that inspire new works of visual and performance art. This year, the group will be exploring the contemporary and psychological implications of the story of Jonah, who is sent by God to prophesy the destruction of the city of Nineveh but runs away from his responsibility, and in doing so winds up in the belly of a whale.


The Future of Writing: An Afternoon with Dave Eggers
February 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm    $5
IUPUI Hine Hall Auditorium
875 W. North St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Join KVML founder and CEO Julia Whitehead and bestselling writer Dave Eggers for a discussion about Dave’s literary work, including his work with youth writing programs around the world from 4 to 6 pm at the Madam Walker Legacy Center, 617 Indiana Avenue. Come share your ideas about how youth writing can be improved in our community. A book signing follows. Bring your favorite Dave Eggers book or purchase his books at the event. Students, their parents or guardians, and educators: this event is free to you. Please email to register. For all other attendees, tickets are $5 on Eventbrite.

Shonda Buchanan Reading & Lecture
Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1 PM – 2 PM
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
500 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Award-winning poet and educator Shonda Buchanan will discuss her new memoir, Black Indian, and her family’s legacy of being African-American with Native American roots and how they dealt with not just society's ostracization but the consequences of this dual inheritance. A book signing of Black Indian: A Memoir by Shonda Buchanan will follow.

Eiteljorg Members: Reading and lecture is Free
Non-Members/Public: Reading and lecture is included with museum admission




Johnson County Public Library Author Fair

Meet local authors, find great spring reads and enter to win prizes during JCPL’s 2nd Annual Local Author Fair.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 11, 2020

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