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Monday, July 19: Metric Mondays, which features an open mic, local spotlights, nationally-known poets, alternative acts, music, comedy, and a poetry slam, meets at Locals Only Art & Music Pub (2449 E. 56th Street). Event begins at 8:00 p.m. Cover is $5. Must be 21 or older.

Tuesday, July 20: Poet Lylanne Musselman kicks off the Irvington Poetry Series with a reading of her work starting at 7:00 p.m. Musselman is an Irvington resident, a writing teacher, and an award-winning poet who is well known around the city. Her most recent chapbook is A Charm Bracelet for Cruising. The reading will take place at the Irvington Library (5625 East Washington Street).

Wednesday, July 21: The Literary Ladies will be discussing The House on Mango Street, a coming-of-age novel by Sandra Cisneros (and one of my favorites from the lit courses I took during college). The group meets at 7:00 p.m. at Bookmamas (9 Johnson Avenue).

Thursday, July 22: Kafe Kuumba at The Way is an open mic at Scott United Methodist Church (2153 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue). It’s sponsored by the Midtown Writers Association and meets from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Contact James Depp at 317-895-4919 for more information.

Friday, July 23: Brett Elizabeth Jenkins and Christopher Newgent will read their poetry starting at 7:30 p.m. at Calvin Fletcher's Coffee Company (615 Virginia Avenue). Check out a sample of the poets' works here.

Saturday, July 24: The Indianapolis Writer’s Group, which is open to all writers, meets at New Century Publishing offices (1040 E. 86th St., Suite 42A) at 10:00 a.m. Call 317-663-8741 for more information.

Sunday, July 25: Poet Rusty Moe and musician Tim Hoover will present Bright Wild Stone: A Life in Words and Music, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Moe will read short sequences from his memoir while Hoover weaves in songs that punctuate the text. Meets at The Church Within (1125 Spruce Street). The performance follows the service.

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