Apr 10, 2017

Calendar of events

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.

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.

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 (needs to be updated): http://jlkato.blogspot.com/2015/08/to-include-your-call-for-submissions-to.html

Last updated 4/24/17. 3 p.m.
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Today through April 28

Poetry in Free Motion, a collaboration of art quilters and poets, will be on display at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Illinois and Washington streets, Indianapolis. Poems by written by Jason Ammerman, Joyce Brinkman, Luke Austin Daugherty, Mary Place Godsey, Barry Harris, Elizabeth Krajeck, Richard L. Lankford, Bonnie Maurer, Teresa Middleton, Lyanne Musselman, Deborah Sellers, Mary Sexson, John Sherman, Shari Wagner. Free. (Note: Exhibit may be unavailable during private Artsgarden events.)*

Today through April 30

Indiana Humanities and Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner share a poem a day and prompt at http://indianahumanities.org/category/poetry

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Monday, April 24


12:15-1:15 p.m. Poetry in Free Motion poets Luke Austin Daugherty, Barry Harris, Bonnie Mauer, and John Sherman are featured at the Indianapolis Artsgarden, Illinois and Washington streets, Indianapolis.

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. National Poetry Month Slam at Teachers College, Room 120, Ball State University, Muncie. Hosted by Reacting Out Loud.

Tuesday, April 25

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 Katojlkato575@gmail.com or 317-480-6739.


7 p.m. Poets Laureate of Lawrence presents the Poem by Heart Challenge at Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence. In honor of National Poetry Month, learn a poem by heart (by your favorite poet, one of your own creations, or both!)  We will take turns sharing these well-cared for, deeply learned poems and discussing the process of learning poetry by heart (which is different than just memorizing). Host: Liza Hyatt. Every fourth Tuesday of the month. Free.

Thursday, April 27

DATE CORRECTION: 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Poets 4 Unity Reading presents Jason Ammerman at Box Car Books, 408 E. Sixth St., Bloomington. Hosts: Hiromi Yoshida and Ian Uriel Girdley.

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 Johnson, 10 S. Johnson Ave. Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.

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.-9 p.m. Open mic, featuring the Lafayette Writers' Studio, at Matchbox Studio, 17 S. Sixth St., Suite X, Stein Building. Sign up at the door to read. www.lafayettewritersstudio.com. 

7 p.m. An Evening With Poets featuring Jamaal May and Tarfia Faizullah in the Branigun Room, Napolitan Student Center, Franklin College.

Friday, April 28

6:30 p.m. Share your poetry at the Last Stanza Poetry Association in the Sister Andrea Room at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, 1331, S. A St., Elwood. Free. Meets every second and fourth Friday of the month. Contact Jenny Kalahar at jennykalahar@hotmail.com or on Facebook (click here).

7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Soapbox Open Mic featuring Anitra Malone, Tanner Bailey, and JL Kato at Acceleration Art and Photography, 1336 Shelby St. Host: Lisa Devon.


Time TBA The fifth annual Literary Magazine Launch Party and Art Show at Wabash Valley Art Spaces, 669 Ohio St., Terre Haute, presents artists and editors of Ink (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology), Aurora (Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College), Allusions (ISU) and subTerranean (Third Party Poetry Asylum). Live readings and refreshments will be included. Free.

9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Southern Fried Selection Slam and End of the Year Celebration at The Bishop, 123 S. Walnut St., Bloomington.

Saturday, April 29

DATE CORRECTION: 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Poetry and Coffee at Gypsy Soul, 102 N. Harrison St., Alexandria. Bring your own poems to share. Host: Jennifer Criss


1 p.m.-4 p.m. Beginning Poets Boot Camp at Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St. Instructor: Liz Whitacre. $75, $48 for members, $42 for members who are students, teachers, seniors, military personnel and librarians. Info: https://www.indianawriters.org/collections/all-classes-workshops/products/beginning-poets-boot-camp


Sunday, April 30

3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Last Sunday Poetry Reading Series presents Richard Durisen and Samuel Franklin at Monroe County Convention Center, Rogers Room, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington. An open mic follows.

3 p.m.-5 p.m. Nancy Chen Long, Rachel Sahaidachny, and J.T, Whitehead at Bookmamas, 9 S. Johnson Ave.

4:30-7 p.m. Poetry Month's Lit end at Knickerbocker Saloon, 113 N. Fifth St., Lafayette.C
elebrate Sycamore Review, RHINO's 40th Anniversary, and Booth's big X with Tony Brewer, Derek Mong, and other editors and featured readers TBA soon.

Monday, May 1

*7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Indy Word Lab at The Green Room, 1052 Virginia Ave.*


Tuesday, May 2

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 Katojlkato575@gmail.com or 317-480-6739.

Thursday, May 4

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

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 Johnson, 10 S. Johnson Ave. Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.

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.

Monday, May 8

6:30-8 p.m. Poetry and Lyric Discussion group at Beech Grove Branch Library, 1102 Main St., Beech Grove. Poem is "His Last Duchess" by Robert Browning; song lyric is "Goodbye Earl" by the Dixie Chicks.  317-275-4560. Free.  Every second Monday of the month.

Tuesday, May 9

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 Katojlkato575@gmail.com or 317-480-6739.


Thursday, May 11

*6 p.m. Players Pub Spoken Word Series presents featured readers at Players Pub, 424 S. Walnut St., Bloomington. $5 cover.*


7 p.m. The James Whitcomb Riley Poetry Series presents Dan Carpenter and JL Kato at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, 528 Lockerbie St. Info: (317) 631-5885.

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 Johnson, 10 S. Johnson Ave. Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.

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.


Friday, May 12

CONFIRM THIS DATE: 6:30 p.m. Share your poetry at the Last Stanza Poetry Association in the Sister Andrea Room at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, 1331, S. A St., Elwood. Free. Meets every second and fourth Friday of the month. Contact Jenny Kalahar at jennykalahar@hotmail.com or on Facebook (click here).


Saturday, May 13

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Indiana State Federation of Poetry Clubs/Poetry Society of Indiana's Spring Meet is at Anderson Public Library, 111 E. 12 St., Anderson. Theme: The Comforts of Home. Host: Last Stanza Poetry Association. Registration/lunch: $15. To attend, go to http://www.isfpc.org/spring-meet.html.


Sunday, May 14

*7 p.m. An Evening With the Muse presents TBA and an open mic at the Indiana Writers' Center. 812 E. 67th St. Free. Every second Sunday of the month.


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Tuesday, May 16

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 Katojlkato575@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.

7 p.m. th' poetry asylum presents a featured reader and ope mic at ArtsIlliania, 23 N. Sixth St., Terre Haute. Free. All-ages venue. Advance sign-up encouraged; call or email Zann Carter, (812) 236-2841 or zanncarter@gmail.com. Free parking after 5 p.m. in the Indiana State Univerisity lot at Cherry and Sixth streets.


Wednesday, May 17

6 p.m.-8 p.m. Artists Industry Night free and open to all professional and aspiring artists in central Indiana. Literary, performing, and visual artists are encouraged to attend and help"cross-pollinate" the Indy artist community. Indy Convergence, 2611 W. Michigan St.

6:30 p.m. Carmel Creative Writers meet to network, learn, and share at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel. Info: Rosaleen Crowley, rcrowley2136@att.net.

Thursday, May 18

6:30 p.m. Brick Street Poetry South presents Lylanne Musselman at the Tube Factory artspace, 1125 Cruft St. An open mic follows. Free. Meets every third Thursday of the month.

7 p.m. Open Mic Poetry at 10 Johnson, 10 S. Johnson Ave. Open reading, with occasional featured guests. Free. Every Thursday Host: Jason Ammerman.*

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.* 


Friday, May 19

6 p.m.-9 p.m. The Hoosier Lit Release Party at Metonymy Media, 1052 Virginia Ave.

Saturday, May 20

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, May 23

7 p.m. Poets Laureate of Lawrence usually present Tracy Mishkin, followed by an open reading at the Theater at the Fort, 8920 E. Otis Drive, Lawrence. Host: Liza Hyatt. Every fourth Tuesday of the month. Free.*


Friday, May 26


6:30 p.m. Share your poetry at the Last Stanza Poetry Association in the Sister Andrea Room at St. Vincent Mercy Hospital, 1331, S. A St., Elwood. Free. Meets every second and fourth Friday of the month. Contact Jenny Kalahar at jennykalahar@hotmail.com or on Facebook (click here).*

Sunday, May 28

*3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Last Sunday Poetry Reading Series presents featured poets at Monroe County Convention Center, Rogers Room, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington. An open mic follows.*

6 p.m. Open mic at The Cup, 1606 W. University Ave., Muncie. every fourth Sunday. Admission is any purchase off The Cup menu.*

Thursday, June 1

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

Sunday, June 11

*7 p.m. An Evening With the Muse presents TBA and an open mic at the Indiana Writers' Center. 812 E. 67th St. Free. Every second Sunday of the month.*


Monday, June 12

6:30 p.m. Poetry and Lyric Discussion group at Beech Grove Branch Library, 1102 Main St., Beech Grove. 317-275-4560. Every second Monday of the month.*

Thursday, June 15

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.*

7 p.m. th' poetry asylum presents a featured reader and ope mic at ArtsIlliania, 23 N. Sixth St., Terre Haute. Free. All-ages venue. Advance sign-up encouraged; call or email Zann Carter, (812) 236-2841 or zanncarter@gmail.com. Free parking after 5 p.m. in the Indiana State Univerisity lot at Cherry and Sixth streets.*


Wednesday, June 21

6:30 p.m. Carmel Creative Writers meet to network, learn, and share at Hoosier Salon, 22 N. Range Line Road, Carmel. Info: Rosaleen Crowley, rcrowley2136@att.net.*


Thursday, July 13

7 p.m. The James Whitcomb Riley Poetry Series presents Shari Wagoner and Elizabeth Krajeck at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, 528 Lockerbie St. Info: (317) 631-5885.*


Thursday, July 20

6:30-9 p.m. The Prose Poem: Reaching Across Borders and Genre at Indiana Writers Center, 812 E. 67th St. First of four weekly sessions. Instructor: Liz Whitacre. $250, $160 for members, $120 for members who are students, teachers, seniors, military personnel and librarians. https://www.indianawriters.org/collections/all-classes-workshops/products/the-prose-poem-reaching-across-borders-and-genre

August 12

2 p.m.-8 p.m. Divedapper Poetry Carnival features francine j, harris, Adrian Matejka, and Wendy Xu. At Efroymson Center for Creative Writing, Butler University.  Includes games, workshops, face-paintings, and secret guests. Free. Info to come.












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