Literary Events Calendar

Poets & Writers lists readings, workshops, and other literary events held in cities across the country, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. If you are interested in attending an event, please be sure to get in touch with the contact person listed to confirm the time and place for the event.

E.g., 09/19/2019
September 25, 2019 - 5:00pm

All are welcome to a discussion and creative writing workshop led by Maggie Queeney. In September, we explore the haibun, an ancient Japanese form that fuses prose and haiku....

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The Health Science Library University of Illinois Chicago
1750 West Polk Street, Room 200A
Chicago, IL 60612
September 25, 2019 - 6:00pm

Renny Golden, Susanna Lang, and Ruth Goring read from The Music of Her Rivers, Travel Notes from the River Styx, and Soap is Political, respectively. A Q&A and signing will...

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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
September 25, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Creative Nonfiction

Writer and disabled rights advocate Keah Brown presents her first book The Pretty One, a thoughtful, inspiring, and charming...

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American Writers Museum
180 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601
September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm

Artress Bethany White is a poet, essayist, and literary critic. She is the recipient of the 2018 Trio Award for her poetry collection, My Afmerica (Trio House Press, 2019). Her...

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Women & Children First
5233 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60640
September 25, 2019 - 9:00pm to 10:00pm

Chicago's 3rd longest-running open-mic show, hosted by Pete Wolf and Billy Tuggle.


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Heartland Cafe
7000 North Glenwood Avenue
Chicago, IL 60626
September 28, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A “live magazine” covering pop culture, current events, and American manners—part spoken-word show, part vaudeville review—featuring comedians, journalists, storytellers, and...

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4802 N Broadway St
4802 North Broadway Street
Chicago, IL 60640
September 29, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

We performers are pre-booked. We feature novice as well as seasoned storytellers. On or off paper.


Donny's Skybox Studio Theatre
1608 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60614
September 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

Hello dear friends, Sunday Salon Chicago’s fall reading is coming up fast! We are hosting Ruchika Tomar, Kathryn Kruse, Amy Giacalone, and Tony Bowers, excellent writers all,...

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The Reveler
3403 N Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657