The outside world may know our town as the windy city, but those of us attending liberal arts University in Chicago (and pretty much anyone else who lives here) knows that during the winter months, that wind can get rather chilly. Not the ideal weather for park reading.
Since a liberal arts education goes hand in hand with a love of reading and because there’s so much going on in Chicago culturally year-round, we thought we’d find some of the most interesting literary events (poetry readings and more) happening in town this December, January and February. Think of it as a guide to enhancing your cultural understanding of Chicago - or just something fun to do during those long, cold winter months.
Salon Chicago: Your Monthly Dose of Prose
If you’re wondering where you might see a Clown Noir mystery writer share the stage with a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, plus the Huffington Post writer who founded The Extraordinary Project, then check out Sunday Salon. The event runs the last Sunday of every month, the next few events promise appearances by James Finn Garner, Sharon Solwitz and Suzanne Clores (the three writers mentioned above).
Sunday Salon is part reading series, part web magazine. This literary powerhouse has hosted events in New York City and in Nairobi, Kenya. Sunday Salon was originally founded by Queens resident Nita Noveno, and the Chicago chapter is run by Natalia Nebel, Alexandra Sheckler and Christine Sneed.
Sunday Salon runs at the Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St., 7pm the last Sunday of every month. For more details and lineup, please visit the Sunday Salon Chicago site.
Poetry Party at the Dollhouse
There’s something about a house party show. Something very authentic. And it’s that genuine spirit Chicago poets Dolly Lemke, Holly Amos and Justin Grogan have captured with their Dollhouse Reading Series.
It’s a causal monthly poetry event and party that takes place in a residential space. It’s all about maintaining and celebrating the Chicago poetry community, of which Dollhouse is very much a part.
The next event, number 37 in the series, happens on Saturday, January 10th and features poets Jennifer Knox, Kenyatta Rogers, Daniel Scott Parker and Hannah Brooks-Mot.
Event information can be found on their Facebook Group.
Tuesday Funk Brings It All Together
Just as liberal arts college courses bring various literary art forms together, so does the Tuesday Funk Reading Series. Hosts Andrew Huff and Eden Robins mash poetry, essays, and fiction the first Tuesday of every month.
The December event will feature novelist and Paula Anderson Book Award winner Jac Jemc along with native Chicagoan storyteller Karen Genelly. Playwright, speculative fiction novelist and short story writer Clayton Smith will also be in attendance. Plus, there may even be another Haiku by Andrew. Have a look at one of this co-host’s previous offerings:
The December Tuesday Funk Reading will be Tuesday, December 2nd at 7:30pm upstairs at Hopleaf, 5148 N. Clark St., Free and 21+. For more, including videos, please visit the Tuesday Funk website.
Do you know of any other fun Chicago lit events? Would you like us to create one of these guides for the spring, too? Please let us know in the comments.