Notable Chicago: 4/26–5/2


Friday 4/26: The Chicago Poetry Center hosts a reading at Women & Children First featuring Jan-Henry Gray, Xandria Phillips, and mai c. doan. This is a joint book release event for Documents by Jan-Henry Gray and water/tongue by mai c. doan. 7 p.m., free.

Visit The Poetry Foundation for for Poesía en Abril, an annual multicultural, multidisciplinary festival celebrating local, national, and international poetry in Spanish. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 4/27: Independent Bookstore Day! Please visit and support any of the wonderful bookstores we feature in Notable Chicago!

Cosponsored by The Poetry Foundation and the Chicago Public Library, celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by Tracy K. Smith! Harold Washington Library (400 S State), 2 p.m., free.

Monday 4/29: Visit The Book Cellar to welcome Michael Washburn, in conversation with Joe Bonomo, as he presents his book Tom Petty’s Southern Accents. 7 p.m., free.

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

Tuesday 4/30: Simon Tam reads from Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took on the Supreme Court. He will be joined in conversation by Alvin Lau. City Lit Books, 6:30 p.m., free.

Thursday 5/2: The Book Cellar welcomes Amanda Foody to celebrate the launch of the second book in her Shadow Game series, King of Fools. She will be in conversation with Amelia Brunskill (The Window). 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 →