May 21, 2015

New poetry venue in Irvington?


Rumor has it that a new restaurant/coffee house will occupy space the space of the former Lazy Daze Coffeehouse at 10 Johnson Ave., in the Irvington neighbor on Indy's Eastside. It would be across the street from Bookmamas.

Does any one have solid information?

May 20, 2015

Calendar of events

Disclaimers, denials, and definitions: 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 updated periodically.

To submit: If you want to list your poetry event, email JL Kato at
jl.kato@sbcglobal.net. Put "Poetry event" in the header and leave a phone number or email address for follow-up. Allow four weeks for submitted items to appear.

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Tuesday, May 19


2-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

8-10:30 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, May 21

12:15 p.m. Poetry, Blues and Dylan’s 74th Birthday. Poet Norbert Krapf and blues musician Gordon Bonham will perform at the Indianapolis Artsarden, Illinois and Washington streets. Books and CDs will be on sale. Free admission.

5-6:30 p.m. Spoken Word Poetry! with Dasha Kelly at Indy Reads, 911 Massachuseets Ave. Learn more at curbsidesplendor.com and Kelly's website: dashakelly.com

7-9 p.m. Poetry Open Mic at 10 Johnson Ave every Thursday on the deck of Irving Theatre. Free.

7-9 p.m. Kafe Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association. Open mic at the Harrison Brook Center, 4002 Cornelius Ave. Every Thursday. $5, but $3 for open mic participants.  

7:30 p.m. Poetry and Prose Night at Tater and Joe's Café, 423 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute. An open mic, five minutes per slot. Free.  Advance sign-up encouraged. Contact Zann Carter at zanncarter@gmail.com or 812-236-2841. Meets every third Thursday of the month.

Friday, May 22


12:10-1:45 p.m. Academy Poetry Class Reading at The Front Porch coffeehouse, 1214 W. Third St. Bloomington. A final reading given by the Poetry Class at the Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship. Writers Guild members have been visiting and working with the class all semester, discussing poetry interpretation, composition, revision, and performance. There will also be an open mic. Free.

5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. 4th Friday Spoken Word and Open Mic at Coal Yeard Coffee, 5547 Bonna Ave.  Featured poets are Gregg DeBoor, Lisa Devon. Dante Fratturo, JL Kato, Josiah Ray McCruitson, Rehema McNeil, Mary Sexson, host Chi Sherman, John Sherman, Kaylee Sink, Cyrus Youngman. Free. Info: 317-777-1161.*


Saturday, May 23


1-4 p.m.
"Embrace Science in Your Creative Writing" at the Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St.  Instructor: Jessica Reed. Cost: $57; $39 Indiana Writers Center members; $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members. Info:
http://www.indianawriters.org/collections/all-classes-workshops

6 p.m. The Art of Poetry/The Poetry of Art program at The Venue Fine Art and Gifts, 114 S. Grant St., Bloomington.  The Venue Fine Art & Gifts has invited  poets to each select a painting by an artists and write a poem inspired by the art. Participating poets are: James Dorr, Tom Hastings, Jenny Kander, Timothy Reed and Eric Rensberger. The poets will explain what about the painting they selected inspired them and then read the poem. Artists with whom they are paired will then explain their inspiration for the painting. A “people's choice” award will also be presented. Visit the following link for free parking options near The Venue: http://bloomington.in.gov/parksmart

Tuesday, May 26

2-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Poet Laureates of Lawrence at the Lawrence Art center, 4437 N. Franklin Road, with special guest poets Chi Sherman and John Sherman. Open reading follows. Free. Info: Liza Hyatt,
lizahyatt@sbcglobal.net.


Thursday, May 28

7-9 p.m. Poetry Open Mic at 10 Johnson Ave every Thursday on the deck of Irving Theatre.  Free.

7-9 p.m. Kafe Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association. Open mic at the Harrison Brook Center, 4002 Cornelius Ave. Every Thursday. $5, but $3 for open mic participants.  


Tuesday, June 2

2-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

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. Free Info: Richard Pflum, drahcir@indy.net or 317-356-2048.

Wednesday, June 3


6-8 p.m. Religion, Spirituality and the Arts Artists Exhibition at Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd  St. Eleven artists use their media to reimagine the Cain and Abel story. Poets JL Kato and Terry Ofner will present their written works with readings. Free. Reception at 6 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 4

7-9 p.m. Poetry Open Mic at 10 Johnson Ave every Thursday on the deck of Irving Theatre. Free.

7-9 p.m. Kafe Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association. Open mic at the Harrison Brook Center, 4002 Cornelius Ave. Every Thursday. $5, but $3 for open mic participants.

Friday, June 5


5-8 p.m. Lisa Devon, book-signing, at Paul D. Best Gallery, 1127Brookside Ave., Suite C7A. Free admission.

Saturday, June 6

1-4 p.m. "Prompting Poetry" at The Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St.
Instructor: Liz Whiteacre. Cost: $57; $39 Indiana Writers Center members; $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members. Info:
http://www.indianawriters.org/collections/all-classes-workshops

Tuesday, June 9

2-4 p.m.
Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.Thursday, June 11


7-9 p.m. Poetry Open Mic at 10 Johnson Ave every Thursday on the deck of Irving Theatre. Free.*

7-9 p.m. Kafe Kuumba, sponsored by Midtown Writers Association. Open mic at the Harrison Brook Center, 4002 Cornelius Ave. Every Thursday. $5, but $3 for open mic participants.*


Saturday, June 13
9-11:30 a.m. “Let Me Count the Ways: Writing the List Poem” at
the Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St. Instructor: Shari Wagner. Cost: $48; $33 Indiana Writers Center members; $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members. Info:
http://www.indianawriters.org/collections/all-classes-workshops


Sunday, June 14

7 p.m. An Evening With the Muse at the Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St., featuring Nancy Pulley. An open mic and book-signing follows. Free. Info: Richard Pflum, 317-356-2048.*

Monday, June 15

7 p.m. Central Indiana Writers Association monthly meeting at Barnes and Noble, Greenwood Park Mall. CIWA Co-Director Michael Barrett, who will talk abut slant rhymes. Free. Info: Michael Barrett,
mg74barrett@yahoo.com. *

Tuesday, June 16

2-4 p.m.
Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.

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. Free Info: Richard Pflum,
drahcir@indy.net or 317-356-2048.*


Thursday, June 18

7:30 p.m. Poetry and Prose Night at Tater and Joe's Café, 423 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute. Special guests include slam poet Azriel Johnson and th' poetry asylum's own Walter Beck. An open mic follows, five minutes per slot. Free.  Advance sign-up encouraged. Contact Zann Carter at
zanncarter@gmail.com or 812-236-2841. Meets every third Thursday of the month.*

Saturday, June 20

2-4 p.m. The Garfield Poetry Circle meets at the Garfield Park Art Center,
2432 Conservatory Drive.  Readings and discussions. Bring poems you are trying to finish for comments. Free. Meets every third Saturday of the month. Info: Mary Godsey, godseymary@gmail.com. *

Monday, June 22

6:30 p.m.
Poetry Discussion Group at Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St., Beech Grove. Discussion topics are "Fun," by Wyn Cooper, and the song it inspired, "All I Wanna to Do," recorded by Sheryl Cooper. Usually meets every fourth Monday of the month (except December). Info: 317-788-4203.*

Tuesday, June 23


2-4 p.m. Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Co., 647 Virginia Ave. Poets meet for informal conversation and structured critiques. Free. Meets every Tuesday. Info: JL Kato, jl.kato@sbcglobal.net or 317-938-7026.*

6:30-8:30 p.m. Poet Laureates of Lawrence at the Lawrence Art center, 4437 N. Franklin Road, with special guest poets Joyce Brinkman. Open reading follows. Free. Info: Liza Hyatt, lizahyatt@sbcglobal.net.


Tuesday, July 28
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Poet Laureates of Lawrence at the Lawrence Art center, 4437 N. Franklin Road, with special guest poets Catharine Swanson. Open reading follows. Free. Info: Liza Hyatt, lizahyatt@sbcglobal.net. *


Wendy Vergoz

Wendy Vergoz
Dan Grossman of Nuvo writes about a poet Wendy Vergoz, who collaborated with painter Sofiya Inger in reimagining the Jacob's Ladder tale. This is an off-shoot of the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts seminars:

http://www.nuvo.net/indianapolis/climbing-jacobs-ladder-with-words-paint-and-friendship/Content?oid=3179866


May 18, 2015

Class: Prompting Poetry

From the Indiana Writers Center:

"Prompting Poetry" at The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St., Indianapolis
Saturday, June 6, 1-4pm

Instructor: Liz Whiteacre, 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award, Ball State
Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

In this workshop, we will explore how poetry prompts can help us get started writing poetry, explore different ways to write poems, return to poetry after a “dry spell”—even help with revision. We will learn how to find and write prompts, how to respond to prompts, and how to use prompts to help us polish poems. Every class that Liz teaches features all-new prompts. Sign up and join me at indianawriters.org