Due to the recent social distancing related to COVID-19 and Governor Pritzker’s mandate to remain indoors, many musicians are offering online entertainment. However, if you’re still looking for some literary inspiration, here’s a compilation of upcoming readings in March and April.
Costura Creative Living Room Series
This series has already been up and running and this installment features William Evans, Julian Randall, Natalie Scenters-Zapico, Cameron Awkward-Rich, Camonghne Felix.
March 23, 7pm CST
Southern poet and essayist Aurielle Marie is organizing this online event with poets like Kay Barrett, Rachel McKibbens, Faylita Hicks, Joy Priest, Porsha Olayiwola, Alán Palaez Lopez, Vanessa Angélica Villarreal and torrin a. greathouse.
March 25, March 26, March 27, 7pm CST
Readings by Writers
The literary organization Writing by Writers starts this series on Thursday evenings with author and event organizer Pam Houston. Upcoming dates feature Paul Lisicky, Lidia Yuknavitch, Rebecca Solnit, Carolyn Forche and others.
March 26, 7pm CST
The Virtual Book Club
LitHub’s The Virtual Book Club (The VBC) was just announced and kicks off regular Friday programming with readings and literary shows.
Black Ladies Brunch Collective
Teri Ellen Cross Davis of D.C.’s Folger Shakespeare Library and the Black Ladies Brunch Collective hosts a reading on Zoom featuring Saida Agostini, Katy Richey and others.
March 28, 2-3:30pm CST
No Desk Poetry Concert
This NYC-based series hosted by John Paul Davis and Mahogany Browne will stream on Instagram Live from @BoweryPoetry. This installment features Eve Ewing, Aja Monet, Willie Perdomo, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Emily Rose, Aaron Samuel and others.
March 29, 3pm-6pm CST
Revolving Door Reading Series
Chicago’s own Jennifer Steele will be hosting a series of readings on Zoom starting 4/1 and 4/15, 7pm. The reading on 4/8 takes place at 8pm. The first reading will include George Abraham and Arielle Greenberg.
Newcity Lit Editor Tara Betts is the author of “Break the Habit” and “Arc & Hue.” Her interviews and features have appeared in publications such as Hello Giggles, Mosaic Magazine, NYLON, The Source, Sixty Inches from Center, and Poetry magazine. She also hosts author chats at the Seminary Co-Op bookstores in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.