Notable Chicago: 1/17–1/23


Friday 1/17: Head to The Poetry Foundation to celebrate Ama Codjoe, winner of the 2020 Drinking Gourd Chapbook Poetry Prize, with the launch of her chapbook Blood of the Air. 7 p.m., free.

Saturday 1/18: Rebecca Jordan-Young discusses Testosterone: An Unauthorized Biography. She will be joined in conversation by Kelly Moore. Seminary Co-op, 3 p.m., free.

Visit Women & Children First for a reading, audience Q&A, and book-signing with Chana Porter in celebration of her debut novel, The Seep. 6 p.m., free.

Visit The Book Cellar to celebrate the winners of the 9th annual Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year Awards! Winners include Devin Murphy, Angalia Bianca, Russell Fee, and Tammy Letherer. 6 p.m., free.

Tuesday 1/21: The Open Door Reading Series continues at The Poetry Foundation with Patrick Durgin and student Alex Karsavin, and Kristiana Rae Colón and her student. 7 p.m., free.

Wednesday 1/22: Join The Poetry Foundation for a pop-up poetry reading with Emily Yoon at the Field Museum. 12 p.m., free with museum entry.

Thursday 1/23: Women & Children First hosts the launch celebration of Fishhead: Republic of Want, a novel by local author Ignatius Valentine Aloysius. Ignatius will be in conversation with Sarah Connell. 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 →