Spoken Word

Jim Powell

Even as the Spirit & Place Festival continues with its annual deluge of writers from afar, a couple of regular series offer a sprinkle of poets from closer to home. The quarterly Heartland Incantations series pairs excellent local poets Richard Pflum and Mary Sexson on Nov. 10, 7 p.m. at the Beech Grove Public Library, 1102 Main St., Beech Grove. Surrealist Pflum is the author of A Strange Juxtaposition of Parts and A Dream of Salt. Sexson's recent 103 in the Light is her first book. Call 317-788-4203 for more information.

That same night at 7:30, the Rufus Reiberg Reading Series presents Marianne Boruch at the IUPUI University Library Lilly Auditorium. Boruch has authored five collections including 2004's Poems New and Selected and two books of essays on poetry. She directed the MFA program in creative writing at Purdue from 1987 until this year and has just been announced as a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. Call 317-274-9831. Both of these events are free.

Meanwhile, my pick from the Spirit & Place lineup is Chicago-based fictioneer Elizabeth Berg who'll appear for two fine literary establishments, the Writers' Center of Indiana and the Butler University Visiting Writers Series, for "Conversation and Cocktails" on Nov. 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Indianapolis Art Center. Berg is a best-selling novelist (her 14th, the recent The Year of Pleasures) who began writing what was dubbed adolescent fiction. She is now among the most popular of writers about women and her Open House was featured as an Oprah Book Club selection. A $5 donation is suggested for this event. Call 317-255-0710.

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