We champion the legacy of Kurt Vonnegut, the principles of free expression and common decency.

Welcome to kvml

The KVML started with an idea in 2008 to commemorate Vonnegut’s legacy and a generous donation by Katz and Korin, P.C. In 2019, through the generosity of donors and supporters, KVML was able to move to 543 Indiana Ave – also dubbed as “Our Forever Home.”

Upcoming Events

St. Patrick’s Day

Enjoy a lucky day of free admission to the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library for St. Patrick’s Day! We’ll celebrate the day with Irish music …

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Vonnegut and Banned Stories of Conflict Kickoff

February 13 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

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The Revolutionist: Eugene V. Debs

Join us for an intimate look at Eugene V. Debs, a passionate labor leader, a progressive political figure, a formidable speaker, and a major influence …

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Literary Landmark Celebration, Night of Vonnegut

It’s a BIG Day for the Karass! The Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library (KVML) will unveil its designation as the first literary landmark in the …

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About Kurt

Kurt Vonnegut is a renowned author born in Indianapolis. He is known for his unflinching look at the world, tempered with a satirical eye, and a sardonic sense of humor. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published 14 novels, three short story collections, five plays, and five works of nonfiction. He is most famous for his darkly satirical, best-selling novel Slaughterhouse-Five.

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

Education Programs

Through Educational programs, the KVML is proud to inspire Kurt Vonnegut’s legacy of free expression and common decency in readers, writers, and thinkers of all ages across the globe.

Join us after work or school for evening discussions and webinars that connect themes in literature to current events and history. Visit the Events page to register for our 2022 events, including Stories of Banned Conflicts, and our annual Banned Books Week Celebration.

Vonnegut USA

Help us bring Vonnegut to your state. Starting in 2022, KVML will begin traveling the United States bringing programming, books, and Vonnegut’s message of free expression and common decency. Through this initiative, we hope to partner with schools and libraries as well as new and old Vonnegutians to further Kurt’s legacy. Visit our Events page to find out more about 2022 events in your state.

Youth Writing Program

The Youth Writing Program connects volunteers across the country with students at Kurt Vonnegut’s alma mater: Shortridge High School. In the spring of 2022, the KVML will offer monthly, virtual Social Justice Writing Workshops that will feature a guest writer or activist. 

Teaching Vonnegut

Every July, the KVML partners with educators across the country to offer the Teaching Vonnegut series. This virtual conference offers an array of sessions focused on Vonnegut’s life, works, legacy, and the causes he promoted. Classroom teachers and afterschool educators will leave sessions inspired to create new lesson plans. Participants who are not traditional educators will enjoy learning about Vonnegut, and broaden their world view. We are currently planning the 2022 series. If you are interested in teaching a session or attending the series.

The Veterans Writing Program

Writing In Peace, offers veterans a monthly opportunity to engage in a 4-hour writing workshop in the company of other military veterans. A collection of their work is presented annually at Vonnegut Fest, our celebration of Kurt’s Birthday, Veterans Day, and Armistice Day.

Kurt Vonnegut served in WWII and was captured during his first day of combat at the Battle of the Bulge. His experience as a combat veteran and POW shaped his world view and creative endeavors. The KVML is honored to provide a space for veterans to explore their creativity, and build community. We are currently planning the 2022 Veterans Writing Program. Please check back for more information.

Volunteer With KVML

Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library Volunteer Application

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