Notable Online: 12/6–12/12


Sunday 12/6: Chelsea G. Summers presents A Certain Hunger with Laurie Penny. Skylight Books via CrowdCast, 4 p.m. PST, free.

Monday 12/7: Judith Bowles and Rose Solari read poetry with Café Muse. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Philip Gefter talks with Lynne Tillman about What Becomes a Legend Most: A Biography of Richard Avedon. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Anne Carson, Thomas Mallon, and Kimberly Grey join the Monday Night poetry series. KGB Bar via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham talk with Raquel Willi about Black Futures. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, $15.

Tuesday 12/8: Trey Ellis, Julia Glass, and Patty Dann join the Pen Parentis End of Year Superstar Celebration. Facebook and YouTube, 7 p.m. EST, $10 suggested.

Ken Scott joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PST, free.

Matthew B. Kelley and Phillip B. Williams read from their latest works with the Cornell College Center for the Literary Arts. Zoom, 4:30 p.m. EST, free.

Simon Doonan presents How to Be Yourself: Life-Changing Advice from a Reckless Contrarian. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Wednesday 12/9: Ryan Chapman hosts De’Shawn Charles Winslow, Geoff Dyer, Kristen Arnett, Rebecca Makkai, Maris Kreizman, Josh Gondelman, and Bob Doyle for a literary variety show, definitely not violating the trademarks of The Tonight Show. Zoom, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew discuss Black Futures. City Arts via Livestream, 6 p.m. PST, $29.

Ken Layne presents Desert Oracle. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Athena Dixon presents The Incredible Shrinking Woman and a virtual craft happy hour. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 5 p.m. EST, free.

Thursday 12/10: Rachel Lyon hosts Nadia Owusu, Leah Umansky, Amber Sparks, Alisson Wood, Shuang Ang, Hawa Allan, and Amy Lee Lillard for Epiphany Magazine’s year-end event. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 8 p.m. EST, free.

Linda Norton, Eileen Myles, and John Keene celebrate Wite Out: Love and Work, For Now, and Counternarratives. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 6 p.m. EST, free

Charles Baxter joins the Readings by Writers series. Zoom, 5 p.m. PST, free.

Marisel Vera and Alyssa Vera Ramos discuss The Taste of Sugar. Pilsen Community Books via YouTube, 6 p.m. CST, free.

Sara Schaff and Gina Myers talk with Nicole Lourette. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Join TPT – Twin Cities PBS for an ART IS event featuring a multimedia showcase performed by Minnesota poets Su Hwang, Roy G. Guzmán, and Michael Torres. Online, 7 p.m. CST, free.

Richard Buckner presents Cuttings from the Tangle. A Capella Books via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Britt Inman, Scott Alexander Hess, Sheila-Joon Azim, Mac Barrett, Nancy Hightower, Simi Toledano, Amanda Miller, and Amy Dupcak join the latest Lyrics, Lit, & Liquor. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.

Celebrate the end of a very long year with Barrelhouse and The Rumpus! Featuring inspiring readings from and conversation with Kaveh Akbar, Cortney Lamar Charleston, Danielle Evans, Melissa Febos, Christopher Gonzalez, and Megan Stielstra. Hosted by Rumpus editor-in-chief Marisa Siegel. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Friday 12/11: Kelli Stevens Kane, Rose M. Smith, Adriana E. Ramírez, and Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie celebrate Hallelujah Science. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Kenya Hunt presents Girl Gurl Grrrl with Ebele Okobi. The Strand via Zoom, 6:30 p.m. EST, $15.

Alice Quinn, Carol Muske Dukes, Tommy Orange, Rex Wilder, and Ron Koertge present Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic. Vroman’s via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PST, free.

Saturday 12/12: Tara L. Conley, Aaron K. Foley, Kisha Nicole Foster, Njaimeh Njie, Courtney Wise Randolph, Mark V. Reynolds, Terrence Shambley Jr., and Terrion L. Williamson discuss the concept of home. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EST, free.

Rae Armantrout and John Sakkis join the Segue Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EST, free.

Join The Rumpus and Marías at Sampaguitas for the first installment of WOMXN SPEAK, a new monthly reading series geared towards creating a stage for BIPOC women-identified poets and prose writers of all stages of their career. With readings from Tiana Clark, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal, Khalisa Rae, Ashley M. Jones, Natalie Lima, Gaia Rajan, Jihyun Yun, and Nikki Wallschlaeger! Emceed by Taylor Byas. Solid State Books via CrowdCast, 7:30 p.m. EST, free.


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For past events, visit the Notable Online archives here.

Ian MacAllen is the author of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American (Rowman & Littlefield, April 2022). His writing has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, Southern Review of Books, The Offing, 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, and elsewhere. He tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at More from this author →