Kwame Dawes, Matthew Shenoda and the nineteenth U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey read from “Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden” and discuss the artist’s work.
November 27, 7pm
Gwendolyn Brooks: The Golden Shovel
The Chicago Humanities Festival partners with poets from “The Golden Shovel Anthology” to celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks’ centennial, featuring Brenda Cárdenas, Reginald Gibbons, Janice Harrington and Peter Kahn.
November 3, 6pm
Isabel Allende and Luis Urrea
(Senn High School Auditorium)
Luis Urrea interviews Isabel Allende about her new novel “In the Midst of Winter.”
November 2, 7pm
Danez Smith and Eve Ewing
(Women and Children First Bookstore)
Danez Smith, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, reads from “Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems” and Eve L. Ewing reads from “Electric Arches.”
November 4, 7:30pm
Liesl Olson: Chicago Renaissance
(American Writers Museum)
Liesl Olson traces Chicago’s literature and art during the first half of the twentieth century.
November 16, 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.