Notable Online: 5/2–5/9

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Sunday 5/2: Ae Hee Lee, Francisco Aragón, Tina Cane, Kerrin McCadden, Dan Chiasson, and Kazim Ali, with guest host Wayne Miller, join the Mercy Street Readings. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $6 suggested donation.

Monday 5/3: Angela Mi Young Hur presents Folklorn, in conversation with Steph Cha. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Michelle Zauner presents Crying in H Mart, in conversation with E. J. Koh. Third Place Books via Zoom, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Clare Rossini and Benjamin S. Grossberg celebrate The Poetry of Capital: Voices from Twenty-First-Century America with Alan Chazaro, Mark Doty, Edward Hirsch, Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, and Crystal Williams. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Senator Mazie Hirono presents Heart of Fire: An Immigrant Daughter’s Story, in conversation with Min Jin Lee. Strand via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Joan Silber presents Secrets of Happiness, in conversation with Margot Livesey. Greenlight Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

David Baker and Carl Phillips read with The Word Works and The Writer’s Center. Café Muse via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Wesley Brown presents Tragic Magic, in conversation with Douglas Kearney. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 4:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Join Heid E. Erdrich, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Elissa Washuta, and Kachina Yeager for “Talking Back, Looking Forward: Native Women’s Resistance & Reimagination,” a Wordplay 2021 panel. The Loft Literary Center via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Jarvis R. Givens presents Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching, in conversation with Joshua Bennett. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Lilly Dancyger celebrates the launch of Negative Space, in conversation with T Kira Mahealani Madden. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Tuesday 5/4: Elissa Washuta and Theresa Warburton present White Magic and Other Worlds Here: Honoring Native Women’s Writing in Contemporary Anarchist Movements, in conversation with Kristen Millares Young. Town Hall Seattle via online, 7:30 p.m. PDT, $5.

Olivia Laing presents Everybody: A Book about Freedom, in conversation with Johanna Fateman. Book Passage via ExtendedSession, 12 p.m. PDT, $40 (includes purchase of book).

Teri Cross Davis joins the Cobalt Poets reading series. Zoom, 7:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Christopher Beha presents The Index of Self-Destructive Acts, in conversation with Rand Richards Cooper. The Mark Twain House & Museum via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Georgia Clark presents It Had to Be You, in conversation with Elin Hilderbrand. Books Are Magic via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Jhumpa Lahiri presents Whereabouts, in conversation with Megha Majumdar. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Nikita Lalwani presents You People, in conversation with Tessa Hadley. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 3 p.m. PDT, free.

Anjali Enjeti presents The Parted Earth, in conversation with Virginia Prescott. Atlanta History Center via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Wednesday 5/5: Lilly Dancyger, Alex Marzano-Lesnevich, Marcos Gonsalez, and Jenn Shapland discuss the ethics and craft of telling shared stories. Strand via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, $5.

Thalia Field presents Personhood, in conversation with Anakana Schofield. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Join Maggie Shipstead, Randa Jarrar, Hoa Nguyen, and Maria Burns Ortiz for “Sense of Adventure,” a Wordplay 2021 panel. The Loft Literary Center via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Dan Lau, Edward Gunawan, and Carlos Osoria join the New Voice Series. The Poetry Center at SFSU via Zoom and YouTube, 4 p.m. PDT, free.

Seamus McGraw presents From a Taller Tower: The Rise of the American Mass Shooter, in conversation with Beth Kissileff. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Melissa Scholes Young discusses The Hive, in conversation with Amy Freeman. The Writer’s Center via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Margaret Hasse and Athena Kildegaard celebrate Rocked by the Waters: Poems of Motherhood. SubText Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Fiona Mozley presents Hot Stew, in conversation with Arianna Rebolini. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Suzanne Koven presents Letter to a Young Female Physician: Notes from a Medical Life, in conversation with Meg Wolitzer. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Rivers Solomon presents Sorrowland, in conversation with Sarah Gailey. Loyalty Bookstores and Greenlight Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. EDT, donation suggested.

Thursday 5/6: Peter Ho Davies joins the Readings By Writers series to discuss A Lie Someone Told You about Yourself. Zoom, 5 p.m. PDT, free.

Yona Harvey, Tarfia Faizullah, Dante Micheaux, CM Burroughs, and Dimitri Reyes join the Soul Sister Revue for its anniversary show. Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Paolina Milana presents Committed: A Memoir of Madness in the Family, in conversation with Brenda Gazzar. Vroman’s Bookstore via Crowdcast, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

danilo machado and Jasmine Gibson read from their work. The Poetry Project via Zoom, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Olivia Laing presents Everybody: A Book about Freedom, in conversation with Maggie Nelson. The Center for Fiction via Zoom, 1 p.m. EDT, $28 (includes signed copy of book).

Rivers Solomon presents Sorrowland at Wordplay 2021, in conversation with Tarshia Stanely. The Loft Literary Center via Crowdcast, 12 p.m. CDT, free.

Michelle Zauner presents Crying in H Mart, in conversation with Chanel Miller. Atlanta History Center via Zoom, 6 p.m. EDT, free.

Larry Millett presents Pineland Serenade and John Sandford presents Ocean Prey. SubText Books via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Alison Bechdel presents The Secret to Superhuman Strength at Wordplay 2021, in conversation with Cheryl Strayed. The Loft Literary Center via Crowdcast, 2 p.m. PDT, free.

Rainesford Stauffer presents An Ordinary Age: Finding Your Way in a World That Expects Exceptional, in conversation with Ashley C. Ford. McNally Jackson via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Gina Nutt presents Night Rooms, in conversation with Sarah Rose Etter. Brazos Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Join Melissa Febos, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Donika Kelly, and Kathryn Savage for “Fetch the Bolt Cutters,” a Worldplay 2021 panel. The Loft Literary Center via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. CDT, free.

Adrienne Su celebrates the launch of Peach State with Kazim Ali and Erika Meitner. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Forrest Gander presents Twice Alive, in conversation with Elisa Gabbert. Community Bookstore via Zoom, 7:30 p.m. EDT, free.

Kiese Laymon joins the San Francisco State University Creative Writing Department as the Marcus Guest Writer for spring 2021, and will be in conversation with Lillian Giles. Zoom, 6 p.m. PDT, free.

Angela Mi Young Hur presents Folklorn, in conversation with Kelly Link. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Elissa Washuta presents White Magic, in conversation with Randa Jarrar. Skylight Books via Crowdcast, 6:30 p.m. PDT, free.

Friday 5/7: Anjali Enjeti presents The Parted Earth, in conversation with Michelle Bowdler. Harvard Bookstore via Crowdcast, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Kirsten Kaschock, Joe Wilkins, Emily Banks, Piotr Florczyk, and Laura Stott celebrate Lynx House Press. Auntie’s Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Elissa Washuta presents White Magic, in conversation with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein. Loyalty Bookstores via Crowdcast, 8 p.m. EDT, free.

Helen Oyeyemi presents Peaces at Wordplay 2021, in conversation with Catherine Chung. The Loft Literary Center via Crowdcast, 10 a.m. PDT, free.

Zachary Schomburg celebrates the publication of Fjords Vol. 2 with Mary Jo Bang and Joshua Beckman. Literary Arts via Zoom, 7 p.m. PDT, free.

Saturday 5/8: Tiffany Melanson, Jenn Givhan, Chloe Yelena Miller, Emily Mohn-Slate, and Meg Leonard read from new and recent work for a Mother’s Day celebration. White Whale Bookstore via Zoom, 7 p.m. EDT, free.

Fiona Mozley presents Hot Stew, in conversation with Adrienne Westenfeld. Brookline Booksmith via Zoom, 4 p.m. EDT, free.

Rivers Solomon presents Sorrowland, in conversation with Roxane Gay. Auntie’s Bookstore via Zoom, 1 p.m. PDT, $37.70 (includes purchase of book).

Peter Dimock and Lisa Jarnot join the Segue Reading Series. Zoom, 5 p.m. EDT, free.

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Marisa Siegel lives, writes, and edits near NYC. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Mills College in Oakland, CA. Her essay “Inherited Anger” appears in the anthology Burn It Down (Seal Press, 2019) and her debut poetry chapbook, Fixed Stars, is forthcoming from Burrow Press in 2022. She is editor-in-chief and owner of The Rumpus. Follow her on Twitter at @marisasaystweet. More from this author →