Chicago Reading Series Events This Week

Sunday, May 3rd
A great bet tonight is the Mortified series, 7:30pm at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave., which is all about adults reading
diaries, letters and other writing from their teenage years. Does it
get better? Could this series have a more fitting title? No and no. $15.

Monday, May 4th
While Weeds Poetry Night at 1555 N. Dayton at 10:30pm is a series in loose terms and may look like an open mic free-for-all to the uninitiated, the cast of regulars is quite reliably steady and entertaining. Free.

Tuesday, May 5th
Lucky us, Tuesday is a double billed night, both events are free. The Parlor series at The Green Lantern at 7pm hosts novelist Carol Anshaw at 1511 N. Milwaukee Ave. on the second floor while Homolatte features Lisa Grayson and Artemis Singers at Big Chicks/Tweet, 5024 N. Sheridan at 7:30pm.

Wednesday, May 6th
Reconstruction Room Reading Series is at 8pm at Black Rock with the theme “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and features month’s guests Erin
Teegarden, Katie Hartsock, Valerie Jean Johnson, John Murillo, Jason
Bredle, Paul Durica, Becca Klaver, Garrett Prejean, T. Hetzel, Jacob
Saenz, Fred Sasaki and Jacob Knabb, and Lady Terror. Free.

Thursday, May 7th
Poem Present at University of Chicago’s Rosenwald Hall, 1101 E. 58th, at 4:30pm with featured reader Juliana Spahr (The Transformation). Free.

Friday, May 8th
Tallgrass Writers Guild Series
is an informal group of writers who will come together at The Book Cellar at 7pm, 4736 N. Lincoln, to share poetry, essays, and fiction, this month on the topic of cell phones. Free.

Saturday, May 9th
Another series double-bill on Saturday evening, with both events at 7pm: Red Rover Reading Series at Orientation Center, 2921
N. Rockwell, with poet Lisa Fishman and performance artist
Aurora Tabar for a $4 suggested donation and Second City/Third Person which is free at The Book Cellar, 4736 N. Lincoln, with host Brian
Costello for the inaugural edition of this written-in-third-person reading series. Each month a different Chicago
street will be highlighted; this month Rob Duffer, Bobby Biedrzycki,
and Jill Summers will read stories related to Western Avenue.

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