Notable Chicago: 3/16–3/22

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Sunday 3/18: 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 3/19: Essay Fiesta comes to The Book Cellar once again for an evening of live lit! 7 p.m., donations to 826CHI encouraged.

Tuesday 3/20: Visit Women & Children First to celebrate the launch of Bizarre Romance, a collaboration from Audrey Niffenegger and her husband, graphic artist Eddie Campbell. 7 p.m., free.

The Open Door Reading Series at The Poetry Foundation continues with a reading from Loyola University Chicago’s Aaron Baker and his student Elia Hohauser-Thatcher, along with Laura Goldstein and her student Cean Gamalinda. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 3/21: Women & Children First hosts an author conversation featuring Hanif Abdurraqib and Jessica Hopper. This event will include a reading, conversation, and book signing. 7:30 p.m., free. Register here.

Thursday 3/22: Emily Belden reads from her new Chicago food scene novel, Hot Mess. Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville, 7 p.m., free.

Poetry off the Shelf presents a reading by Javier Zamora. 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 →