Writing News Roundup
October 12, 2021
We are thrilled to bring you the latest in literary events and writings that have caught our attention. These events encompass a range of free and ticketed registration and are not affiliated with AWP. All times are in ET.
- Zanzibari novelist Abdulrazak Gurnah has won the 2021 Nobel prize in literature, becoming the first Black African writer to do so in thirty-five years.
- Spooky season is here! We’re so excited to check out these titles from Pam Grossman’s “The 13 Fiercest Feminist Witches in Modern Literature,” over on Lit Hub.
- Milkweed Editions celebrates the release of Michael Bazzett's new poetry collection The Echo Chamber! The book launch will be held at Sisyphus Brewing in Minneapolis on Tuesday, October 12, at 8 p.m. Join them for readings from Bazzett and fellow poet Michael Kleber-Diggs (author of Worldly Things), plus a Q&A with audience members.*
- Unabridged Books celebrates the release of This Thing Between Us with author Gus Moreno & Rachel Eve Moulton in a virtual event on Tuesday, October 12, at 8:30 p.m.
- Join Noam Chomsky for a conversation with E. Tammy Kim on the consequences of capitalism this Wednesday, October 13, at 5 p.m. This event is a partnership between Lannan Foundation and Haymarket Books.
- Charis welcomes Brittney Cooper, Chanel Craft Tanner, and Charis Circle Board Chair Susana Morris for a celebration of Feminist AF: A Guide to Crushing Girlhood. Hip-hop and feminism combine in this empowering guide with attitude from the founding members of the Crunk Feminist Collective. This event is cohosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History and the ArtsXchange and will take place on Wednesday, October 13, at 8 p.m.
- StoryStudio welcomes guest instructor Nina McConigley for upcoming PJ seminar “A Master Class on Writing What You Know: Using Autobiography in Fiction” on Wednesday, October 13, at 8 p.m.
- Charis welcomes three of the most exciting queer and trans writers working today for a conversation about bodies, girlhood, dysphoria, trauma, and so much more. Join authors Megan Milks, Venita Blackburn, and Casey Plett for this free virtual event on Thursday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m.
- Join 2021 Furious Flower Poetry Prize winner and author of Gumbo Ya-Ya Aurielle Marie for a Facebook Live reading on Friday, October 15, at 2 p.m.
- Charis welcomes Jocelyn Nicole Johnson in conversation with C. Morgan Babst for a celebration of My Monticello: Fiction on Friday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. This event is cohosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.
- You can now register for the 2021 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation’s Annual Legacy Awards Ceremony, honoring the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe. This year’s event will be hosted by critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones and will take place on Friday, October 15, at 8 p.m.
- Need some writing motivation? StoryStudio will host a free virtual write-in on Saturday, October 16, at 11 a.m. for anyone looking to get some words on a page. Register in advance.
- The Sunday Readings Series, hosted by AWP board member Kenyatta Rogers and Simone Muench, welcomes Becca Klaver, Ananda Lima, & Faisal Mohyuddin to the Hungry Brain on Sunday, October 17, at 8 p.m.*
- Tab journal will feature a Q&A with editors Anna Leahy and Claudine Jaenichen on Tuesday, October 19, at 1 p.m.
- Charis will host Dr. Traci Baxley in conversation with Charis Circle Executive Director E. R. Anderson for a celebration of Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World on Tuesday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m.
- The Chicago Poetry Center presents BLUE HOUR, a free monthly online reading series and generative writing workshop hosted and facilitated by Marty McConnell. This month’s reading, featuring Mayda del Valle and Hannah Gamble, will take place on Wednesday, October 20, at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by a Q&A.
- Join Dominican University’s MFA in Creative Writing Program for “Small, Bright Things: Exploring 100-Word Stories” on Saturday, October 23, at 1 p.m. Kim Culbertson will lead this virtual fiction workshop that will examine how participants can be mindful of story and approach creative ideas through this short form. Register in advance.
- RHINO welcomes celebrated poet Rosebud Ben-Oni to their upcoming workshop examining the question “How can science and curiosity shape poetry and unfold the poetic self?” Register in advance for this exciting virtual event on Sunday, October 24, at 2:30 p.m.