Notable Chicago: 5/12–5/18

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Friday 5/12: Women & Children First welcomes Morgan Parker for a reading from her acclaimed collection, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce. Morgan will be joined by local poets Jamila Woods, Nate Marshall, and José Olivarez. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 5/13: Head to The Book Cellar to celebrate the launch of Peter Kujawinski’s latest book, co-authored by Jake Halpern, Edgeland. 4 p.m., free.

Sunday 5/14: As always, the Uptown Poetry Slam is going down at The Green Mill. Open mic starts at 7 p.m. followed by the slam itself. $7, 21+.

Monday 5/15: Essay Fiesta comes to The Book Cellar once again for an evening of Live Lit! Performers include Archy Jamjun, Gina Watters, Carrie Cook, Lindsay Eanet, and Eileen Tull. 7 p.m., donations to 826CHI encouraged.

Tuesday 5/16: The Open Door reading series at The Poetry Foundation continues with readings by University of Chicago’s Hannah Brooks-Motl and Jose-Luis Moctezuma with Columbia College Chicago’s Michael Robins and John Setzco. 7 p.m., free.

Visit Women & Children First to hear Melissa Febos (Abandon Me) in conversation with Zoe Zolbrod.

Wednesday 5/17: Women & Children First hosts author readings by Rachel Hall (Heirlooms) and Anne Leahy (Aperture). 7:30 p.m., free.

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Jonathan McDaniel is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s Nonfiction MFA program, and his work has appeared in The Point Magazine, Barely South Review, and at The Rumpus. He works as a copywriter and lives in Chicago with his girlfriend and his dog. Find him on twitter @JonathanMcD. More from this author →