Notable Chicago: 9/22–9/28

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Friday 9/22: The Chimera Reading Series continues at Build Coffee. 6:30 p.m., donations to Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center encouraged.

Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of Civilization Makes Me Lonely by Jennifer Nelson. Jennifer will be joined by Daniel Woody, Dan Magers, Sara Wainscott, and Christine Kanownik will serve as emcee. 7:30 p.m., free.

Sunday 9/24: Jonathan Eig presents his latest book, Ali: A Life at Congregation Emanuel as part of their 2017-18 Speakers Series. 5959 N Sheridan Rd, 11:15 a.m., free.

Women & Children First hosts Annalee Newitz in conversation with Charlie Jane Anders. 4 p.m., free.

Tuesday 9/26: Matt Bodett performs part of Twelve: a series of performative koans. This performance investigates the schizophrenic experience and its place in a contemporary lexicon. The Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 9/27: The Guild Literary Complex hosts the 24th Annual Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Awards, where twenty Chicagoland poets will go head to head for bragging rights and a chance to win $500! 7:30 p.m., $8.

Thursday 8/28: Eve L. Ewing and Marcus Wicker read at The Poetry Foundation. 7 p.m., free.

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