Sunday 1/19: Catch Bill Larkin featuring at the Uptown Poetry Slam! As always, come early for the open mic and stay late for the slam itself! 7 p.m., $7, The Green Mill.
Monday 1/20: Come in from the cold and warm up with a night of readings! Essay Fiesta is featuring Jeff Miller, Tania Richard, Amy Sumpter, Ellen Blum Barrish, and Troy Nee. 7 PM, Free, but donation to 826CHI requested, The Book Cellar.
Tuesday 1/21: Stop by The Poetry Foundation for The Open Door, a reading series featuring writing instructors and their students. This mont, we’ll hear from Kathleen Rooney, John Wilkinson, Mark Magoon, and Gwen Muren. 7 p.m., free, The Poetry Foundation.
If you’re not in the mood for poetry, you can meet author Scott Sigler as he reads from his latest book, Infected. 6 p.m., free, Barnes and Noble (DePaul).
If neither poetry nor novels are doing it for you tonight, the correct answer is clearly Story Club: South Side. Hosts Andrew Marikis and Willy Nast guide you through an evening of curated stories and open mic slots. BYOB. 8 p.m., donations suggested, Co-Prosperity Sphere.
Thursday 1/23: Local author Joel Greenburg is going to be reading from his book, A Feathered River Across the Sky. Stop in and join him as explores the history of passenger pigeons. 6 p.m., free, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.