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


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.

Vocab: 13 Year Anniversary Show
Wednesday, March 11
7-10 p.m.
The White Rabbit Cabaret
1116 Prospect St., Indianapolis, Indiana 46203

13 years!!
Last year was like a family reunion and this year it will be more of the same join us as we celebrate being 13 years in the game.

Featuring Januarie York, Tony Styxx, Gabrielle Patterson, and Too Black.

With special guests: Allen Woods (also known as Allen Imagery), DJ Dezzy Dezz (Desmon Saxton)
& A special Mari Evans and Ethridge Knight tribute by Collins Michaal El El, Mat Davis and Manon Voice.

Door opens at 7pm and show starts at 8pm. $10 cash at the door

International Women's Day Celebration
20th Celebration!

Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium (lower level)
755 W. Michigan Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Women from the campus and Indy community will play the roles of diverse prominent Hoosier and U.S. suffragists to bring this important chapter of our history to life. Hear Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, May Wright Sewall, Sojourner Truth, and more!



Poetry in the Afternoon featuring Rachel Sahaidachny, Mary Sexson, and Nancy Chen Long
Sunday, March 15
3 PM – 4:30 PM
Indy Reads Books
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join Rachel Sahaidachny, Mary Sexson, and Nancy Chen Long for an afternoon of poetry in pre-launch celebration of the release of Nancy Chen Long's second book WIDER THAN THE SKY.

Rachel Sahaidachny holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University. She is Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center, co-editor of Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers and associate editor of The Indianapolis Review. She was a finalist in the 2016 Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, and she was awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards.

Mary Sexson is the author of 103 in the Light, Selected Poems 1996-2000 (Restoration Press), and co-author of Company of Women, New and Selected Poems (Chatter House Press). Her newest work is in HoosierLit Literary Magazine (The Geeky Press) , Flying Island, and Tipton Poetry Journal (Brick Street Poetry). She has two Pushcart Prize nominations.

Nancy Chen Long is the author of Wider than the Sky, selected for the Diode Editions Book Prize, and Light into Bodies, winner of the Tampa Review Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, and her work was selected for the Poetry Society of America Robert H. Winner Award. She works at Indiana University.

Poetry at the Yard: Cover Me Up Edition
Monday, March 16
7 PM – 9:30 PM
Coal Yard Coffee
5547 Bonna Ave, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219

Welcome to the Cover Me Up Edition of Poetry at the Yard!  This month, we would like to give tribute to our influences and inspirations.  Bring your favorite poem by your favorite poet or spoken word artist or share a tribute of someone who has influenced or inspired your work and life!  This is an open mic so please bring your own work to share as well!  It is open to everyone of all backgrounds, ages and levels of expertise in writing.  It is free aside but please, support the Coal Yard by purchasing a cup of coffee or tea!  Be in the local!   We meet every third Monday evening of the month.  Tell you friends, family and anyone who you think may enjoy this event!   We will see you there!

The Town of Whispering Dolls by Susan Neville- Book Party!
Friday, March 20
6 PM – 9 PM
Butler University Efroymson Center for Creative Writing
530 W Hampton Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Celebrate the release of Susan Neville's latest book, The Town of Whispering Dolls. Susan will read and sign books, and we'll all be in awe.

"Located somewhere in the rust belt in the early twenty-first century, residents of The Town of Whispering Dolls dream of a fabled and illusory past even as new technologies reshape their world into something new and deeply strange: Dolls walk down the streets, cradling their empty heads and letting the wind turn them into flutes. A politician heads to Washington DC and leaves a toxic underground plume in his wake. A woman eats car parts instead of confronting the children who've forgotten her. A young woman falls in love with the robot who took her job at the candy factory. The manufacturing past of the Midwest haunts these stories, as does the opioid epidemic and the technology of war. In The Town of Whispering Dolls, it's usually the grandmothers and the children who grieve."-


Woman's Press Club Luncheon
Saturday, March 21
11:30 a.m.
George’s Neighborhood Grill
6935 Lake Plaza Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Two professionals with long writing careers will share their knowledge at the Woman’s Press Club of Indiana’s Spring Workshop and Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. March 21 at George’s Neighborhood Grill on Indy’s northside, 6935 Lake Plaza Dr. This event is open to the public but reservations are required.

Award-winning writer Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp will talk about her journalism journey, “From Newsprint to Potting Mix: A Career with Dirty Hands,” detailing how her career segued from general reporting to garden writing. According to Sharp, it’s the story of a late bloomer.

Also presenting will be Rachel Sahaidachny, the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center. Her talk, “Indiana Writers Center: The Benefits of a Writing Community,” will describe the programs, classes and other activities of the Indiana Writers Center.

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.

Diana Ensign Official Book Launch & Panel Discussion!
March 21, Saturday 2 PM
Tube Factory Artspace
1125 Cruft St., Indianapolis, IN 46203

Join award-winning author, Diana J. Ensign, for this community celebration of her book, The Freedom to Be: Stories from Transgender Youth, Adults, and Their Families. Informative panel discussion with Kimberly Acoff (Indiana Youth Group Director of Programming), Diana Asberry (parent of a transgender and a nonbinary youth), Andru Lanning (awesome young adult), and Sa'hara Miller (BU Wellness Sophisticated Divas Program Coordinator). LGBTQ organization info tables, book signing, and more! Event is Free and Open to the Public.

Presented in partnership with Trinity Haven and Queering Indy. This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency. 

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

For thirty years, Bornstein has been writing—with boldness and humor—about nonbinary gender identity, in books such as Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women, and the Rest of Us (2016) and her memoir A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The True Story of a Nice Jewish Boy Who Joins the Church of Scientology and Leaves Twelve Years Later to Become the Lovely Lady She Is Today (2013). Bornstein appeared in the 2018 feature film Saturday Church, was a regular cast member of the second season of the reality TV series I Am Cait, with Caitlyn Jenner, and was the subject of a documentary, Kate Bornstein Is a Queer and Pleasant Danger, released in 2014.

That same year, Bornstein was awarded the Pioneer Award by Lambda Literary, an organization devoted to nurturing and advocating for the work of LGBTQ writers.

Poetry Reading Featuring Bree JoAnn
Friday, March 27
3 PM – 4 PM
The Gallery at the Julia M. Carson Learning Resource Center
2725 N. Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208

Free Refreshments and Poetry Reading for "The Day of Reading" event featuring Indianapolis poet, Bree JoAnn, author of the book, Black Glitter.

Reading: Susan Neville & Bryan Furuness
Saturday, March 28
5 PM – 6 PM
Second Flight Books
2200 Elmwood Ave. Suite D-7, Lafayette, Indiana 47904

Join us as two Indianapolis authors read from their new books.
We'll also have Eleventh House coffee pop-up in store about an hour before with drinks available for purchase!

Poetry Den
Sunday, March 29
6 PM – 8 PM
Civil Rights Heritage Center
1040 West Washington St, South Bend, Indiana 46601

Local new and experienced poets and spoken word artists get a stage to share and shine.

Whether you’re a seasoned poet, someone newly expressing themselves, or just looking to sit back and listen, The Poetry Den is your place to be.

Following an open microphone session, host Pam Blair welcomes a featured artist to round out the night.

Whether you come to relax or recite, come and enjoy the beautiful words shared by some of the regions’ amazingly talented folx.

The Poetry Den is free and public participation is encouraged. Because some poets may use mature language, attendance by those 18 and over is encouraged. No smoking or alcoholic beverages are permitted.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — March 10, 2020

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