Chicago literary (poetry-focused) resources
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Vox Ferushttps://martyoutloud.com/voxferusMonthly community writing workshopFriday or Saturdayworkshop seriesall ages
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After Hours Press open michttps://ww.w.facebook.com/After-Hours-Press-153147654706491/Monthly reading series and open mic limited to past and present After Hours contributors Fridayreading series with limited open micall ages
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American Writers Museumhttps://americanwritersmuseum.org/Various readings, discussion groups, etc.Variousreading series, discussion groups, etc.all ages
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Chicago Poetry Center Six Points Reading Serieshttps://www.poetrycenter.org/category/reading-series/Six Points Reading Series is a monthly, free and public reading series. The series takes place at rotating venues across Chicago–including parks, conservatories, bars, museums, and reading rooms. The series features emerging and established as well as local, national, and international writers.Variousreading seriesvaries based on location
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Chicago Writers Associationhttps://www.chicagowrites.org/Various readings, discussion groups, etc.Variousreading series, discussion groups, etc.
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City Litbookstore hosting readings series, book discussions, etc.all ages
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Guild Complexguildcomplex.orgRegular reading series including Palabra Pura, annual prizes, etcn/areading series, prizesvaries based on location
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Junior Varsity https://www.facebook.com/groups/162076010885598/Junior Varsity is a twice-monthly workshop performance held at various locations on the north side of Chicago. It's an intentionally aspirational space where artists from varying genres present in-progress-pieces to an audience of present and future friends. We workshop the pieces together, with the twin goals of learning to make effective work and to give more effective feedbackMonday, bi-weeklyreading series/workshop spacevaries based on location
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No Assholes Reading Series/Literary Magazinehttps://www.facebook.com/noassholeslitmag/"A queer and beautiful journal" Variousreading series and literary journal
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Poetry at the Outdoor CafeCurrently on hiatusreading seriesall ages
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Poetry Foundationwww.poetryfoundation.orgVarious readings, discussion groups, etc.Variousreading series, discussion groups, etc.all ages
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Rhino Readshttps://rhinopoetry.org/rhino-reads/Monthly reading series and open mic Fridayreading series with open mic -- affiliated with the Rhino literary journalall ages
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Sunday Reading Serieswww.sundayreadingseries.comPoetry, prose, cocktails -- three to four featured readers, held at the Hungry BrainSundayreading series21+
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Sunday Salon Chicagosundaysalon-chicago.comSundayreading series
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Tangelo Reading Serieshttps://www.facebook.com/tangeloreadings/Tangelo is a monthly literary reading series hosted by the OGGI Gallery. Events the second Thursday of every month.Thursday -- second Thursday each monthreading series
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The Paper Machetethepapermachete.orgThe Paper Machete is a weekly "live magazine." It takes place every Saturday at 3p in the Green Mill & is free to attend. Saturdayreading series21+
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Traveling Mollyshttps://www.facebook.com/MollysReadingSeries/Second Monday of Every Month, open mic literary reading and featured reader -- held at Buzz Cafe in Oak ParkMondayreading series with open micall ages
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Tuesday Funk Reading Serieshttps://tuesdayfunk.orgEclectic monthly reading seriesTuesdays -- first Tuesday of the monthreading series
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Volumes Book Cafe Monthly Open Michttps://www.volumesbooks.com/monthly-open-micJoin us on the first Wednesday of every month for our Open Mic series! Poetry and prose are both welcome, though we do ask that you keep your performance to around 5 minutes. Sometimes includes a featured reader.Wednesday -- first Wednesday of the monthOpen mic with featured readerall ages
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Women & Children First
https://www.womenandchildrenfirst.com/one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country. also serves as a neighborhood bookstore and community space to Edgewater, Rogers Park, and other parts of the northside of Chicago and Evanston.Variousbookstore hosting readings series, book discussions, etc.all ages
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Soul Sessions
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Uncharted Books
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Waiting for the Bushttp://www.waiting4thebus.com/open mic with featured reader(s)
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Elizabeth’s Crazy Little Thinghttps://www.facebook.com/groups/123243971057486/Open mic night for poetry, music, comedy, performance art, literary experiments, and whatever you can come up with. Push the envelope; hurt us with your weirdness. We welcome the cerebral, the obscene, the grotesque, the random, the perverted, the odd, the comforting, and the disconcerting.Wednesdays -- monthlyopen mic with featured reader(s)21+
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Highland Park Poetryhttp://www.highlandparkpoetry.org/Saturdays -- monthlyopen mic with featured readerall ages
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Big Kids Slam at YCAhttps://twitter.com/bigkidslamat 1180 N Milwaukee - 18 plus & free as hell - list at 7pm - winner gets a $50 piggy bank [BIGKIDSLAM@gmail.com]last Friday of the monthslam18+
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Homolattehttp://www.homolatte.comqueer words and music at Big Chicks/TweetTuesdays -- monthlyfeatured performers21+
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Woman-Made Gallery Readingshttps://womanmade.org/poetry/Woman Made Gallery hosts literary events that coincide with each of our juried group exhibitions. The current poetry series is curated by Nina Corwin. Sundays -- occasionallyopen mic with featured readersall ages
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