Notable Chicago: 2/8–2/14


Friday 2/8: Women & Children First hosts the book launch party for Ann Russo’s Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 2/9: Greg Borzo will be at the Book Cellar to talk about his new book, Lost Restaurants of Chicago. 5 p.m., free.

Sunday 2/10: Northwestern University’s MA in Writing and MFA in Prose and Poetry Programs present The Handmaid’s Tale fan fiction reading featuring current students and alums Sara Connell, Allison Epstein, Audrey Fierberg, Salwa Halloway, Devin O’Shea, and Jameka Williams. Women & Children First, 6 p.m., free.

Monday 2/11: The Seminary Co-op hosts discussion with Fabien Truong, author of Radicalized Loyalties: Becoming Muslim in the West. 6 p.m., free.

Head to The Poetry Foundation for the world premiere of The Trip, a road trip movie through the majestic, rough-hewn landscape separating Texas towns Marfa and Alpine with acclaimed poet Eileen Myles as your guide. After the screening, filmmaker David Fenster joins Myles for a live conversation. 7 p.m., free.

Volumes Bookcafe hosts its second annual Poetas: Celebrating Latinx Poets. Readers include Jose Olivarez, Ruben Quesada, Nancy Garcia Loza, Davon Clark, Jorge Sanchez, and Keren Diaz de Leon. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 2/13: Poetry off the Shelf continues at The Poetry Foundation with a reading from South Korean poet Kim Hyesoon, translated by Don Mee Choi. 7 p.m., free.

Eileen Myles will read from and discuss their new collection of poems, Evolution. A Q&A and signing will follow the event. The Seminary Co-op, 8 p.m., free.

Thursday 2/14: Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Women & Children First as they welcome the Chicago Reader’s editor-in-chief Anne Elizabeth Moore for a reading, discussion, and book signing in honor of her newest book, Sweet Little Cunt: The Graphic Work of Julie Doucet. 7 p.m., free.

Join The Poetry Foundation and Cave Canem for an exploration of the love-hate relationship between spoken word and written poetry. This reading by and dialogue between page and stage poets features Pulitzer Prize-winner Tyehimba Jess and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize Award-winner Patricia Smith, with poet Nate Marshall moderating. 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 →