Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial: Our Miss Brooks 100
(Art Institute of Chicago)
Five African-American Pulitzer Prize-winning poets, Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Natasha Trethewey, Tracy K. Smith and Gregory Pardlo read poetry and converse. February 2, 6pm
Poetry AIDS Chicago: A Response to Art AIDS America
Queer and trans poets conduct a poetic tour of the exhibition. Featuring poets and multidisciplinary performers Bea Cordelia, T Clutch Fleischmann, Ruben Quesada, and avery r. young.
February 2, 7pm
The release of Ben Tanzer’s memoir “Be Cool,” with guests Eric Spitznagel and Jason Fisk
February 4, 7pm
Tara Betts and Kristiana Rae Colón
(57th Street Books)
Tara Betts and Kristiana Rae Colón will read and discuss their latest works, “Break the Habit” and “Octagon.”
February 23, 6pm
Journey Through an Indigenous Archive
Poet Robert Sullivan from Aotearoa New Zealand discusses indigenous narratives and the rights and obligations that go with retelling stories.
February 2, 5pm
Toni Nealie is the Literary Editor of Newcity and the author of the essay collection “The Miles Between Me.” A Pushcart Prize nominee, her essays have appeared in Guernica Magazine, Rust Belt: Chicago, The Rumpus, The Offing, Essay Daily, Chicago Quarterly Review, Hobart, Entropy and elsewhere. She worked in magazine journalism, politics and PR in her native New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore and now edits, writes and teaches in Chicago. Find her at toninealie.com and on Twitter @tnealie. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.