December Happenings


When the year winds down, and the city fills with tourists seeking the Loop, the Bean, and all the big city trappings, Chicago residents will no doubt want to escape all the bustle for some fun and warmth in other parts of the city. Check out these exciting literary events off the beaten path to ring in the Holiday and New Year’s seasons!

Dec. 5, Poetry off the Shelf: Jane Hirshfield: Poet Jane Hirshfield reads at the Poetry Foundation, 61 West Superior St. Hirshfield is the author of eight collections of poetry and has received honors from the Bay Area Book Reviewers, Columbia University, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Read her poem "First Light Edging Cirrus", here.

Dec. 6, Tuesday Funk: Head on up to Hopleaf in Andersonville for their monthly reading series Tuesday Funk. Readers include Hugo and Nebula Award nominee William Shunn, novelist Connor Coyne, and essayist/dramatist Hallie Paladino. The event is free and 21+. If not for the literature, show up for Hopleaf’s incredible array of craft beers and cocktails—or just do it for the literature.

Dec. 6, Columbia College Reading Series: The last event in the Fall Reading Series features multi-genre author Bhanu Kapil and poet and faculty member Tony Trigilio, whose most recent collection Inside the Walls of My Own House: The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood), Book 2 was recently released. Read about Kapil here . Read Trigilio’s poem "Housesitting, Boston", here.

Dec. 7, Rey Andujar reading: The Art Institute continues its Pop-Up poetry series, in conjunction with The Poetry Foundation, with Rey Andujar. Andujar is an artististic associate at Aguiljon Theater, and is the author of Candela, which received the PEN Club of Puerto Rico Award. Andujar lives in Chicago, where he teaches Spanish and Latin American literature at Governors State University . Read more about Andujar and his work here.

Dec. 8, Poetry and the Natural World: The Poetry Foundation welcomes esteemed poets Timothy Donelly, Camille T. Dungy, and Major Jackson. Donnelly is the author of The Cloud Corporation and director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University. Read his poem "Hymn to Life" here. Dungy is the author of three books, with a fourth upcoming in 2017. She is the recipient of the Northern California Book Award, and her books have been shortlisted for the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award. Jackson, Poetry Editor of the Harvard Review, has published three collections of poetry, and has won numerous award including the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Read his poem "Mighty Pawns" here.

Dec. 17, Paper Machete: Weekly live-lit event The Paper Machete is a “live magazine” covering pop culture and other topics. The event is free and takes place at Green Mill Cocktail Lounge in Uptown.

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