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


Poets Attack! Featuring Kitty Marie, Mat Davis, & Devon Ginn
Wed, Feb. 26, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Irvington Vinyl & Books: 9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis IN 46219

Featuring Kitty Marie, Devon Ginn, and Mat Davis. Join us for this monthly series, one of Indianapolis' only curated reading events!

Kitty Marie is an Indianapolis poet, illustrator, artist and educator. Kitty has featured for multiple Face A Face events, Women317, and Indy Symposium. She’s won 3/5 slam competitions she has competed in over the last year and was a finalist in the 2019 PRIDE slam. She will be published in the 2020 issue of Sidepiece magazine and has been awarded the 2020 Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, which she intends to use for expanding poetry opportunities for Indianapolis youth.

Devon Ginn (he/him/they/them) is the Visual Art & Entertainment Curator at the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center and serves as the Vice President of the board at the Indiana Writers Center. Ginn is an Americans for the Arts 2019-2020 Fellow, an Arts Council of Indianapolis 2020-2021 Creative Renewal Fellow, a 200-hour vinyāsa teacher training student, a curator, a placekeeper + placemaker, and a poet. As a freelance teaching artist, Ginn travels from state-to-state implementing his performance poetry and creative writing workshops. Deliberately collaborating with ground-breaking institutions at the forefront of change, his work as a visual artist, writer, nonprofit administrator, and performance artist is a reflection of all his learned and unlearned experiences.

Mat Davis has been a writer, performing artist, and curator in the Indy arts community for more than a decade. His favorite styles of performance are poetry, prose, and storytelling. Mat is particularly known for all age performing events in neighborhoods like the Near Eastside, Fountain Square, and Downtown Indy.

Art & Soul 2020

Spoken Word by Manon Voice
Friday, February 28, 2020, 12:15 pm

Indianapolis Artsgarden in Circle Center Mall
110 W Washington St, Indianapolis, IN 46204

Notre Dame MFA Reading Series: Ahmad Aljawad, Maxime Berclaz, Elise Houcek, and Jasmine Ortiz
Wed. Feb 26, 2020
7:30PM - 9:00PM
Decio Hall Gallery A|AH|D Gallery
233 Decio Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556

Depauw University Kelly Writers Series: English Department Faculty Reading
Wednesday, February 26, 2020
7:30 P.M.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
10 W. Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Join us at this annual event to hear English Department professors reading from their latest works.


Dr. Joy Ladin reading The Soul of the Stranger
Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
7:00 pm, $10
Jewish Community Center (JCC Indy)
6701 Hoover Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46260

Dr. Joy Ladin is a professor of English. A nationally recognized speaker on gender and Jewish identity, she has spoken around the country and has been featured on a number of NPR programs including "On Being with Krista Tippet." In her latest book, The Soul of the Stranger: Reading God and Torah from a Transgender Perspective, Joy reads some of the best-known Torah stories through the lens of transgender experience. She explores fundamental questions about how religious texts, traditions, and the understanding of God can be enriched by transgender perspectives, and how the Torah and trans lives can illuminate one another.


Laura Dassow Walls: “The Terrennial Turn from Humboldt to Gaia”
Thu. Feb 27, 2020
Indiana Memorial Union Bldg - University Club Presidents Room: 900 E 7th St., Bloomington, IN 47405

For more than 20 years, Laura Dassow Walls has been telling us that you cannot explore humanity’s place in the cosmos without bringing in poetry and science. A Ph.D. from IU English, she visits this month.

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

Bloomington Writers Guild: First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic
featuring Zilia Balkansky-Selles and Joan Hawkins
Sunday, March 1, 2020
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bear's Place
1316 E Third St., Bloomington, IN 47401

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Zilia Balkansky-Sellés is a Bloomington-based writer, and occasional dancer and actor. She earned a master’s in information science degree from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in folkloristics from  the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. She has worked as an academic advisor for the Groups Scholars Program at Indiana University and currently works as the Extracurricular Coordinator for the Hutton Honors College at Indiana University. Her poetry has appeared in Comparative Woman, from Louisiana State University. She has written for Wild Swan Theater, which produces plays for Michigan schools and libraries.

Joan Hawkins is the Chair of the Writers Guild and an Associate Professor in Cinema and Media Studies at Indiana University. She works mainly in creative memoir and Spoken Word; her creative work has appeared in Sand, Avalanches in Poetry, n+1,and Performing Arts Journal. Her most recent book, a critical anthology on the writer William S. Burroughs, has been nominated for an Indiana Author Award and a Modern Language Association Award.

Purdue Visiting Writers Series: Rebecca Makkai
Tue. March 3, 2020
featuring two events:
Q&A held at 4:30 pm in Brown Laboratory of Chemistry room 1154
500 Oval Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907

Reading at 7:30pm in Fowler Hall
128 Memorial Mall Dr., West Lafayette, IN 47907

Rebecca Makkai is the Chicago-based author of the novels The Great Believers, The Hundred-Year House, and The Borrower, as well as the short story collection Music for Wartime. The Great Believers was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and received the ALA Carnegie Medal and the LA Times Book Prize, among other honors. Makkai is on the MFA faculties of Sierra Nevada College and Northwestern University, and she is Artistic Director of StoryStudio Chicago.

Bloomington Writers Guild: First Wed Spoken Word Series
Wed. March 4, 2020
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bear's Place: 1316 E Third St
Bloomington, IN 47401

Featuring storytellers Nell Weatherwax and Mary Armstrong-Smith, stand-up comedy with Shanda Sung, music by Trillium (structured improv), + an open mic
$5 suggested donation
TRILLIUM is a perennial herb with three bracts and three petals which grows from a rhizome. The band Trillium is a collaborative musical project featuring Kyle Quass, Norbert Herber and Julian Douglas. The trio, like the perennial, grows from the rhizome:  non-hierarchical with no beginning or end; always in the middle, between things, interbeing, intermezzo. Each piece is a character study in which ideas transform and develop, new ideas emerge and recede, form dissolves and re-emerges, a multiplicity in which each idea can and must be connected to any other.


Depauw University Kelly Writers Series: Matthew G. Frank
Wed. March 11, 2020
7:30 P.M.
Peeler Art Center Auditorium
10 W. Hanna St, Greencastle, IN 46135

Matthew Gavin Frank is the author of the nonfiction books, The Mad Feast: An Ecstatic Tour Through America’s FoodPreparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer, Pot Farm, and Barolo; the poetry books, The Morrow Plots, Warranty in Zulu, and Sagittarius Agitprop, and 2 chapbooks“Preparing the Ghost” was a New York Times Editors' Choice, an NPR Notable Book, and a New Yorker Book to Watch Out For.  “The Mad Feast” was selected as a Staff Pick by The Paris Review, a Best Book of 2015 by PloughsharesThe Millions, and Paste Magazine, and featured in The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, and Entertainment Weekly. His forthcoming nonfiction book, A Brief Atmospheric Future, is due out in 2021 from W.W. Norton. His work appears widely in journals and magazines, including The Kenyon Review, The Paris Review, Guernica, The New Republic, Iowa Review, Salon, Conjunctions, The Believer, The Normal SchoolThe Best Travel Writing anthologies, The Best Food Writing anthologies, The Poetry Foundation, and as Notable selections in The Best American Essays anthologiesAfter spending 17 years in the restaurant industry, he now teaches creative writing in the Masters of Fine Arts Program at Northern Michigan University, where he is the Nonfiction/Hybrids Editor of the literary magazine, Passages North.




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.


Butler Visiting Writers Series: Kate Bornstein
Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 7:30 PM
Shelton Auditorium
1000 W 42nd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — February 25, 2020

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