Jan 9, 2017

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 1/23/17. 10:30 a.m.
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Tuesday, Jan. 24

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 Kyle D. Craig at Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence. An open mic follows. Host: Liza Hyatt. Every fourth Tuesday of the month. Free.


Thursday, Jan. 26

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.


Friday, Jan. 27

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, Jan. 28

3 p.m.-5 p.m. Tracy's Book Party at Indy Reads,911 Massachusetts Ave. The poet Tracy Mishkin will read from her new chapbook, The Night I Quit Flossing. Free, but copies of the book will for sale.

Sunday, Jan. 29


3 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Last Sunday Poetry Reading Series presents Lisa Low and Stephen Hopkins at Monroe Convention Center, 302 S. College Ave., Bloomington. An open mic follows.


Tuesday, Jan. 31


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.



Thursday, Feb. 2

6:30-8:30 p.m. Poetry on Brick Street presents Kyle D Craig and an open mic at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville. 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.


8 p.m.-10 p.m. Word. Open Poetry Mic at Rabble Coffee, 2119 E. 10th St. Sign-up for open mic begins at 7 p.m. Host: Violet Dawe.*

Friday, Feb. 3

5:30-7:30 p.m. Fountain Square Poetry Series presents Abegunde, Susan Amis, Emily Corwin, and JL Kato in the atrium of Fountain Square Mall, 101 W. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington.*


Tuesday, Feb. 7

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.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 8

6:30 p.m. Carmel Creative Writers meet to network, learn, and share at Peace Water Winery, 37 Main St., Carmel.* 


Thursday, Feb. 9

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.*

Friday, Feb. 10

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, Feb. 11

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Old Soul Entertainment presents Localmotion, an open mic that celebrates the creative expression of the artistic community in Indianapolis. An all-ages outlet that welcomes musicians, poets, dancers, rappers, visual artist, comedians or anyone who wants to share their artistry. Every second Saturday at Fletcher Place Arts and Books, 642 Virginia Ave. $7. Appropriate for ages 13 and up.*

Sunday, Feb. 12

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


Monday, Feb. 13

6:30-8 p.m. Poetry and Lyric Discussion group at Beech Grove Branch Library, 1102 Main St., Beech Grove. 317-275-4560. Free. This month's program will feature the poem "My Childhood Home I See Again" by Abraham Lincoln and the lyric "Abraham, Martin and John" by Dion.*
Tuesday, Feb. 14


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.

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.


Thursday, Feb. 16

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.*

6:30 p.m. Brick Street Poetry South presents Terry Kirts at Listen Hear, 2620 Shelby St. and open mic follows. Free. Meets every third Thursday of the month.*

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, Feb. 18


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, Feb. 21


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.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 22

7:30 p.m. DePauw University Faculty Reading at the Peeler Art Center Auditorium, DePauw University, Greencastle. Part of the Kelly Writers Series. http://www.depauw.edu/arts/kellywriters/


Sunday, Feb. 26

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

Tuesday, Feb. 28

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.

7 p.m. Poets Laureate of Lawrence presents Anne Laker at Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence. An open mic follows. Host: Liza Hyatt. Every fourth Tuesday of the month. Free.

Thursday, March 2

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

Tuesday, March 7


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.*

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.*


Thursday, March 16

7:30 p.m. The Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series presents Gabrielle Calvocoressi in the Reilly Room of Atherton Union, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave. Free. https://www.butler.edu/vws

Tuesday, March 28


*7 p.m. Poets Laureate of Lawrence presents a featured poet at Theater at the Fort, 8920 Otis Ave., Lawrence. An open mic follows. Host: Liza Hyatt. Every fourth Tuesday of the month. Free.

Thursday, March 30

7 p.m. The James Whitcomb Riley Poetry Series presents Chris Forhan and Alessandra Lynch at the James Whitcomb Riley Museum Home, 528 Lockerbie St. Info: (317) 631-5885.

Tuesday, April 18


7:30 p.m. The Vivian S. Delbrook Visiting Writers Series presents Diane Seuss in the Ford Salon of Robertson Hall, Butler University, 4600 Sunset Ave. Free. https://www.butler.edu/vws*

Tuesday, April 25


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, May 11


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.

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.*