Notable Chicago: 3/23–3/29


Friday 3/23: Women & Children First welcomes Javier Zamora for a poetry reading from his collection, Unaccompanied, and book signing. Javier will be joined by local poets José Olivarez and Victoria Chávez Peralta. 7:30 p.m., free.

Saturday 3/24: Visit City Lit Books for a poetry reading with Julayne Lee, author of Not My White Savior: A Memoir in Poems, and E’mon Lauren, author of Commando. 4 p.m., free.

Tuesday 3/27: Visit Barnes & Noble on 1 E Jackson Blvd to meet Emily Belden and have her sign her new novel, Hot Mess. 6 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/28: The Urban Readers Series presents Gordon C. C. Douglas on The Help-Yourself City: Legitimacy and Inequality in DIY Urbanism. He will be joined in conversation by Theaster Gates. Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 6 p.m., free.

Thursday 3/29: Leslie Pietrzyk reads from her novel, Silver Girl, at City Lit Books. 6:30 p.m., free.

Poetry off the Shelf at The Poetry Foundation continues with a reading by Jorie Graham. 7 p.m., free.

Head to Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of 2017 Bird’s Thumb Poetry Chapbook Contest winner Matriarchetypes by Nina Sudhakar. Nina will be joined by Angela Just and Suzanne Frank. 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 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 →