Notable Chicago: 4/29–5/5


Friday 4/29: Author and activist Ashton Applewhite talks about ageism in This Chair Rocks. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m.

Chicago Zine Fest begins with a panel discussion and exhibitor readings at Workshop Chicago, 6:30 p.m.

Women & Children First hosts a dual book launch party for David Lazar’s Helen of Troy and Amy Newman’s On This Day in Poetry History. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday 4/30: Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at The Book Cellar, Women & Children First, or City Lit Books. 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Chicago Zine Fest continues! Plumbers Union Hall, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

The Chicago Public Library and the Poetry Foundation welcome Chris Abani to Poetry Fest. Harold Washington Library, Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 2 p.m.

Join revolutionary Latin American poet Raul Zurita for Poesia en Abril. Co-presented by contratiempo and the Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m.

Sunday 5/1: Robin Coste Lewis reads from Voyage of the Sable Venus. Chicago Athletic Association’s Madison Street Ballroom. $15 general admission, $10 student/teacher admission. 3 p.m.

Mai’a Williams, China Martens, and Karen Su discuss Revolutionary Mothering at Women & Children First, 4 p.m.

Wednesday 5/4: Celebrate Hands On Stanzas student poets at the Poetry Center of Chicago’s annual  All Schools Reading. Chicago Cultural Center, 5:30 p.m.

Poetry party! Celebrate the March, April, and May issues with readings, performances, music, and libations. Poetry Foundation, 6:30 p.m.

Thursday 5/5: Cathy Park Hong takes her Poetry off the Shelf. Poetry Foundation, 7 p.m.

Andy Mozina launches his new book, Contrary Motion. The Book Cellar, 7 p.m.


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Rachel Natale currently lives, dances, and writes in Chicago. She recently received the James Charles Cox Memorial Award in English at Loyola University, and her work has been published in Treehouse Magazine. More from this author →