Sep 29, 2016

Calendar of events

Disclaimers, denials, and definitions: This calendar is for events in central Indiana. Please confirm events using the contact info before traveling. Not responsible for canceled or discontinued events. All listings are in Indianapolis, unless otherwise noted. Bookmark this page, which will update periodically.

To submit: To list your poetry event, email JL Kato at jlkato575@gmail.com. Write "Poetry event" in the subject line and leave a phone number or email address for follow-up. Allow four weeks for submitted items to appear. And please send updates of cancellations, postponements or new information.


Corrections and comments: Send to the email listed above.

Ongoing events and permanent displays: http://jlkato.blogspot.com/2015/07/public-poetry-museums-and-displays-in.html


Calls for submissions to local journals and contests: http://jlkato.blogspot.com/2015/08/to-include-your-call-for-submissions-to.html

Last updated 11/30/16. 12:39 p.m.
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Thursday, Dec. 1

6:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry on Brick Street presents the book launch for Words and Other Wild Things, a children's book, at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville. Poets will read their contributions to the book. An open mic follows, Free. htpp://www.brickstreetpoetry.org.

7 p.m.-9 p.m. Kafe' Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association, usually features a guest performer and open mic at Harrison Brooks Center. 4002 Cornelius Ave. $3 for open mic participants, $5 for audience. Check Kafe' Kuumba - Harrison Brook Center page on Facebook.

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 South Johnson Avenue. (The address is the name of the coffee shop.) Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.


7 p.m. The Reiberg Reading Series presents Keith Leonard at IUPUI's Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St. Free.

Friday, Dec. 2


6 p.m.-9 p.m. Poets for Unity reading at Boxcar Books & Community Center, 408 E. Sixth St, Bloomington. This free reading and open mic offers a safe discursive space for celebrating unity among the diverse groups of people who greatly enrich Bloomington. 

8 p.m,. Bloomington Poetry Slam at The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut St. $5, but free to slam participants. Each slam consists of an open mic, a two-round poetry slam of up to 10 poets, and an optional feature between the first and third round. This month will feature the poetry slam finals. Info: Contact Willy Palomo or Hilda Davis on Facebook or through bloomingtonpoetryslam@gmail.com.*

Saturday, Dec. 3


4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Mr. Blair's Open Mic Night at BRICS, 901 E. 64th St. (on the Monon Trail). All ages for poetry, spoken word, rap, hip hop, comedy, instrumental performances.*

Tuesday, Dec. 6

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday Poets meet at Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave, for  informal conversation and structured critiques. Bring copies of poems to share with the group. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jlkato575@gmail.com or 317-480-6739.

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Artist Industry Nightfree and open to all professional and aspiring artists in central Indiana. Literary, performing, and visual artists are encouraged to attend and help us "cross-pollinate" the Indy artist community. Metonomy Media, 1052 Virginia Ave. Info at http://indyarts.org/artists/artist-meet-ups.

8 p.m. Poetry Salon at Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St. Conversation and critiques. Free. Meets every first and third Tuesday of the month. Info: Richard Pflum, drahcir@indy.net or 317-356-2048.*

Thursday, Dec. 8


7 p.m.-9 p.m. IUPUI Student and Community Readings at Mo' Joe Coffeehouse, 222. W. Michigan St. All welcome to participate. Info: Sarah Layden, salayden@iupui.edu, 317-274-0089.*


7 p.m.-9 p.m. Kafe' Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association, usually features a guest performer and open mic at Harrison Brooks Center. 4002 Cornelius Ave. $3 for open mic participants, $5 for audience. Check Kafe' Kuumba - Harrison Brook Center page on Facebook.*

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 South Johnson Avenue. (The address is the name of the coffee shop.) Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.


7 p.m.-9 p.m. The Lemonstone Reading Series features poets Stacey (Stella) Emley and Emily Corwin! at Bloomingfoods East Patio Room, 3220 East Third St., Bloomington. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/158799327928152/*


Friday, Dec. 9

6:30 p.m. Share your poetry at the Last Stanza Poetry Association's monthly gathering in the Sister Andrea Room of St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, 1331 S. A St., Elwood. Contact Jenny Kalahar. jennyKalahar@hotmail.com, or Facebook here.

Sunday, Dec. 11

7 p.m. An Evening With the Muse presents an open mic at the Indiana Writers' Center. 812 E. 67th St. Free.*


Monday, Dec. 12

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Localmotion presents TBA at Fletcher Place Arts, 642 Virginia Ave. Open mic. $7. Info, click here.*

Tuesday, Dec. 13

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday Poets meet at Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave, for  informal conversation and structured critiques. Bring copies of poems to share with the group. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jlkato575@gmail.com or 317-480-6739.

6:30 p.m. Carmel Creative Writers welcomes poets for the opportunity to network, learn, and share at Soho Cafe and Gallery, 620 S. Range Line Road, Carmel. For info, email Rosaleen Crowley at rcrowley2136@att.net.rcrowley2136@att.net.*

Wednesday, Dec. 14


8:30 p.m. VOCAB, a spoken word series, presents TBA at the Casba, 6319 Guilford Ave. Must be 21 or older. $5. 317-251-3138.*

Thursday, Dec. 15

6:30 p.m. Poetry on Brick Street South presents Barry Harris, JL Kato, and Penny Dunning at Garfield Eatery and Coffee, 2627 Shelby St. Free. Harris is the editor of Tipton Poetry Journal; Kato is poetry editor of the Flying Island; and Dunning is the publisher of Chatter House Press. They will be reading poems from their publications as well as their own works.*

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 South Johnson Avenue. (The address is the name of the coffee shop.) Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.

7 p.m. That Peace Open Mic presents poetry, live music and art at Fletcher Place Arts, 642 Virginia Ave. Host: Mariah Ivey. $5 cover charge. Meets every third Thursday of the month.*

7 p.m. th' poetry asylum presents a featured reader and open mic at ArtsIlliana  23 N. Sixth St. Terre Haute. Guidelines for readers: five minutes total reading time:, original poetry or favorite poems by others: short fiction, excerpts from longer work; creative non-fiction, memoir; material appropriate for all-ages venue. Advance sign-up encouraged; call or email Zann Carter at zanncarter@gmail.com or 812-236-2841. Free. (Note: Free parking available after 5 p.m. in the Indiana State University lot at Cherry and Sixth streets.) *


Saturday, Dec. 17

2 p.m. Garfield Poetry Circle meets at the Garfield Parks Arts Center, 2432 Conservatory Drive. Moderator: Mary Place Godsey. Public invited to share their poems or just listen. Free. 317-327-7135.*


Tuesday, Dec. 20

2 p.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday Poets meet at Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave, for  informal conversation and structured critiques. Bring copies of poems to share with the group. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jlkato575@gmail.com or 317-480-6739.*

6:30-8 p.m. Noble Poets group meets at Noble Tea and Coffee Shop, 933 Logan St., Noblesville. Meets every third Tuesday of the month. Info: Sarah E. Morin, sarahmorin1836@gmail.com.*

Thursday, Dec. 22

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 South Johnson Avenue. (The address is the name of the coffee shop.) Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.*


Friday, Dec. 23

CONFIRM FOR HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: 6:30 p.m. Share your poetry at the Last Stanza Poetry Association's monthly gathering in the Sister Andrea Room of St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, 1331 S. A St., Elwood. Contact Jenny Kalahar. jennyKalahar@hotmail.com, or Facebook here.*

Sunday, Dec. 25

CONFIRM FOR HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
3 p.m. 
The Last Sunday Poetry Reading and Open Mic presents guest readersat Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center, 302 S. Rogers St., Bloomington. Free. For info, click here.*


CONFIRM FOR HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
: 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Poetry at The Cup at The Cup, 1606 W. University Ave., Muncie. Every fourth Sunday of the month. Admission: order something from the menu.*


Monday, Jan. 14

6:30-8 p.m. Poetry and Lyric Discussion group at Beech Grove Branch Library, 1102 Main St., Beech Grove. 317-788-4203. Free. This month's program will feature the poem TBA and the lyric TBA.*


Tuesday, Jan. 22

7 p.m. Poets Laureate of Lawrence presents Kyle Craig at Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence. An open mic follows. Free.*


Thursday, Feb. 2

6:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry on Brick Street presents a featured reader and an open mic at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville. Free. htpp://www.brickstreetpoetry.org.*


Wednesday, Feb. 15

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Artist Industry Nightfree and open to all professional and aspiring artists in central Indiana. Literary, performing, and visual artists are encouraged to attend and help us "cross-pollinate" the Indy artist community. Phoenix Theatre, 749 N. Park Ave. Info at http://indyarts.org/artists/artist-meet-ups.



Wednesday, March 15

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Artist Industry Nightfree and open to all professional and aspiring artists in central Indiana. Literary, performing, and visual artists are encouraged to attend and help us "cross-pollinate" the Indy artist community. Indianapolis Art center, 820 E. 67th St. Info at http://indyarts.org/artists/artist-meet-ups.*













Local calls for submissions

To include your local call for submissions to publications, contests, etc., send the information to jl.kato@sbcglobal.net. Write "Poetry" in the subject heading. Allow up to four weeks for your notice to appear.

You may bookmark this page to check for updates.

Last updated 10/25/16.


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Ongoing / Flying Island

https://indianawriters.submittable.com/submit

Ongoing / The Freeman

http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelinehs/

Ongoing / Indiana Voice Journal

http://www.indianavoicejournal.com/p/blog-page_3914.html

Ongoing / Punchnel's

 http://www.punchnels.com/guidelines/

Closed / So It Goes Literary Journal

http://www.vonnegutlibrary.org/literary-journal/


Ongoing / Tipton Poetry Journal

http://tiptonpoetryjournal.com/submission.html



Closed / Poetry for Children

    Brick Street Poetry Inc. seeks submissions of original children’s poetry--poetry for children written by either adults or kids of any age. Poems submitted must have never been published anywhere before. Poets are permitted to submit a maximum of three poems. 
    Each poem is to be contained to one page of a Microsoft Word document, prepared in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one- inch margins on all four sides. The poet’s contact information - name, address, email and phone number--are to be placed at the top of each page. Preference will be given to poems that contain one or more of the following characters: a frog, a moose, bees and bears. However, poems without these characters will still be considered.
    Deadline: Aug. 31. Please email your submissions to specialprojectsbsp@gmail.com with your poems sent as attachments.
    The poems selected will be published in a book before the end of 2016 and given to children who are patients in Indianapolis hospitals. The cost of publishing was made possible by a grant from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation. 

Deadline:Oct. 1 / Irvington Halloween Festival Writing Contest

http://www.irvingtonhalloween.com/writing-contest


Deadline: Oct. 3

VOICES2016 Speak Your Peace Poetry Slam: http://voicescorp.org/poetry-slam/

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017

Mannigham Studenr Contest for Indiana schoolkids: http://www.isfpc.org/manningham-student-contest.html



Deadline: March 31, 2017 / Booth 

https://booth.submittable.com/submit






Sep 14, 2016

Diane Lewis

Diane Lewis, poet and volunteer coordinator for Asante Children's Theatre, died Sunday, Sept. 11. Funeral details are forthcoming.


Diane Lucille Lewis

57, peacefully passed into the Lord's Hands September 11, 2016 at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. She is survived by her only son, Christopher Jemel Weaver and daughter-in-law, Vanessa Weaver. She was best known for her work with the Asante Children's Theatre, where she served as an executive assistant and volunteer coordinator.

For details regarding the Celebration of Life Memorial Service and Memorial Donations, please visit www.facebook.com/diane.lewis.9212 

Arrangements are being handled by Bell Mortuary & Crematory, Royster-Askin-Sandrock Chapel, Indianapolis, IN. Online condolences can be made at

www.bellmortuary.com

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Sept. 18, 2016


Public observance:

Wednesday, Sept. 21

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Celebration of Life Memorial for Diane L. Lewis at Madame Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Ave.

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Sep 9, 2016

Wanted:Children's poetry

Call for Submissions
Poetry for Children
Brick Street Poetry Inc. is seeking submissions of original children’s poetry – poetry for children written by either adults or kids of any age. Poems submitted must have never been published anywhere before. Poets are permitted to submit a maximum of three poems. 

Each poem is to be contained to one page of a Microsoft Word document, prepared in Times New Roman 12-point font, with one- inch margins on all four sides. The poet’s contact information - name, address, email and phone number -  are to be placed at the top of each page. Preference will be given to poems that contain one or more of the following characters: a frog, a moose, bees and bears. However, poems without these characters will still be considered.

 Deadline for submissions is Sept. 22. Please email your submissions to: specialprojectsbsp@gmail.com  with your poems sent as attachments.
The poems selected will be published in a book before the end of 2016 and given to children who are patients in Indianapolis hospitals. The cost of publishing was made possible by a grant from the Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr., Memorial Foundation. 

Brick Street Poetry Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit based in Zionsville, Indiana that sponsors the monthly poetry series, Poetry on Brick Street, publishes the Tipton Poetry Journal, and hosts a wide variety of other poetry-related projects.

Sep 2, 2016

New Tipton Poetry Journal

The Summer 2016 issue of the Tipton Poetry Journal is now published and available online at:

Poems by Hussain Ahmed, Dominic Alapat, Fred C. Applebaum, Peggy Aylsworth, Lana Bella, Joe Bisicchia, Constance Brewer, Tony Brewer, David G. Campbell, Frank De Canio, Melissa Cucu, Brian Dickson, Liz Dolan, Matt Duggan, John Garmon, Angelo Giambra, Katherine Givens, Ashley Goulder, Heikki Huotari, Clinton Inman, Emory D. Jones, Courtney Justus, Timothy Kercher, Joseph Kerschbaum, Michael Keshigian, Clyde Kessler, John P. Kristofco, Jennifer Lemming, Marianne Lyon, Lucy J. Madison, Cheyenne Marco, Bruce McRae, Gretchen Meixner, Jack Moody, Jordan Nate, Claire Oleson, James Owens, Timothy Pilgrim, Tanya Pilumeli,  Ayaz Pirani, Janet Reed, David Ricchiute, Al Rocheleau, Michael Salcman, Dawn Schout, Judith Skillman, Trey Spencer, Robert Joe Stout, Allen Strous, Ctherine Swanson, Marianne Szlyk, Charles Tarlton, Jo Barbara Taylor, Alarie Tennille, Gene Twaronite, Rebecca Weigold, Lori Widmer, Martin Willitts Jr, Dominique Wilson.



Cover Photo:  Soar by Wendy Krause

Aug 25, 2016

Radio program going off the air

From the Writer's Guild of Bloomington

Anthology Signing Off For Now

Sunday, August 28
1 pm
WFIU Public Radio 103.7
and streaming at http://indianapublicmedia.org/radio/


WFIU has decided not to continue Anthology beyond the August 28 program. Producer Cynthia Wolfe and the cast are devastated by this sudden, unfortunate news.

She has a few avenues for continuing this well-received work. WFIU even opened the door to carrying it as a syndicated series, though the program is not on the September schedule. At any rate, it is important for the station to hear from the show's supporters, as well as from those directly involved. Please let WFIU know that our work was appreciated and will be missed: there's a 
contact form here.

WFIU on Facebook: 
https://www.facebook.com/wfiupublicradio/

WFIU on Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/wfiu

Phone: (812) 855-1357

Letters or postcards:
Radio & TV Center
1229 E 7th St
Bloomington IN 47405




Aug 22, 2016

Komunyakaa, Wrigley, and Shaughnessy to appear at Butler University

Here is the lineup for Butler University's Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series. Among the poets scheduled to appear are Yusef Komunyakaa, Robert Wrigley, and Brenda Shaughnessy.

http://news.butler.edu/blog/2016/08/vws-fall16/


Komunyakaa: Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Wrigley: Tuesday, Oct. 25.
Shaughnessy: Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Jun 29, 2016

Poetry landmarks in central Indiana

Note: All addresses are for Indianapolis, unless otherwise stated.

If you know of a landmark, send its location to jl.kato@sbcglobal.net and place "Poetry landmark" in the title field. The landmark must be a poetry display or a marker that refers to a poet or his/her accomplishment.


Last updated 9/3/15. New listing in the visual art section.


Cemetery

Crown Hill Cemetery, 700 W. 38th St.: Grave sites of James Whitcomb Riley, Etheridge Knight, Meredith Nicholson, and Sarah T. Bolton. Maps available at main office. 
(317) 925-3800


Museums and Homes

Indiana Humanities, 1500 N. Delaware St., was the home of Meredith Nicholson. Info: (317) 638-1500 or http://indianahumanities.org/about-us/meredith-nicholson-house/

James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home and Visitor Center, 528 Lockerbie St., Indianapolis, (317) 631-5885. Info:  http://www.rileykids.org/about/riley-museum-home/?referrer=https://www.google.com/#.VZ_i4vlVhBc


James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home and Museum, 250 W. Main St., Greenfield, (317) 462-8539. Info: http://www.jwrileyhome.org/


Public Poetry

Cottage Home Neighborhhood features "Cottage Home," by Thomas Alan Orr, in a display at a pocket park on the 700 block of Dorman Street (south of St.Clair St.).

Indianapolis Cultural Trail features seven bus stops designed by architect Donna Sink, with poetry from local residents. The bus stops and their poems are:

  • Virginia Avenue near Woodlawn Avenue (outside of Naisa Pan Asian Restaurant): "The Painters," by Richard Pflum
  • Virginia Avenue near McCarty Street (outside of Chilly Water Brewing Co.): "Invisible Moments," by Karen Kovacik
  • Virginia Avenue near Lexington Avenue (just outside of the Mozzo Apartments): "The Bowl of Possible Peas," by John Sherman
  • Washington Street near the Indiana State Museum and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art: "Settlement," by Micah Ling
  • Washington Street, west of Illinois Street and the Indianapolis Artsgarden: "Circle, Circle," by Mitchell L.H. Douglas
  • Massachusetts Avenue at Walnut and Park streets: "Art With a Heart," by Vienna Wagner
  • Massachusetts Avenue, east of College Avenue: "Our Street in Endless Circles," by Jenny Brown


  • Poet's Place, on Alabama Street, between Vermont and New York streets, in front of Fresco Italian Sandwich Shoppe, was designated in honor of Jim Shackleford, the Cultural Trail's unofficial poet. "City Generation," by Elizabeth Weber, is displayed here.
     Info: http://indyculturaltrail.org/ictart/poets-place/

Indianapolis International Airport, 7800 Col. H. Weir Cook Memorial Drive, features stained-glass window art by Martin Donlin, which has words and lines of poems from five Indiana writers. (317) 487-9584.

     Along Concourse A are:
  • Night, with poem "Echoes," by Ruthelen Burns
  • Midnight Flight, with poem by Joyce Brinkman
  • Back in Indiana, with poem by Norbert Krapf
     In Concourse B is:
  • Indiana Flight, with poem by Joseph Heithaus
     Note: No information on Jeannie Deeter Smith's poem. No information on Mari Evans poem.

     Photos: 
http://martindonlin.com/portfolio/new-indianapolis-airport-indiana-usa/

Indianapolis-Marion County Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair St., features Arlon
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 (317) 275-4100.

Terre Haute: Max Erhmann at the Crossroads, by Bill Wolfe, at the intersection of Seventh Street and Wabash Avenue, Terre Haute. Visitors can pose and sit on a bench with Max. Also, excerpts from his most famous poem, "Desiderata," appear on plaques embedded in the plaza. Photos and info:  http://wabashvalleyartspaces.com/maxview1.html

Word Hunger was a project of Brick Street Poetry to encourage a discussion of food production. Poems and artwork were placed on barns and agricultural buildings throughout the state, Sponsored by Indiana Humanities.
  • Putnam County (near Crawfordsville): Joseph Heithaus' poem "What Grows Here" appears on a barn on West County Road Road 125 South. Painted by Ken Torr. http://www.bannergraphic.com/story/1674013.htm
  • Hamilton County Fairgrounds. Ruthelen Burns' poem.
  • Other site descriptions to come. (See note at bottom.)