6:30–8:30p.m. This week is chock-full of literary events. It begins with readings from award-winning South Asian writers whose contributions will appear in the Chicago Quarterly Review’s upcoming South Asian American Issue. International House Coulter Lounge, free.
6p.m. Join writer and dancer Harmony Holiday, whose works tap into jazz and diaspora poetics, for a reading of her poems and lecture on Mythscience, a collective that helps artists re-engage with the physical world in today’s digital age. Regenstein Library, Room 122A-B, free.
4:30p.m. Whether you have high aspirations or are simply curious, come find out what it takes to win the Nobel Prize in Literature from professor Sara Danius, the first woman in 230 years to become the Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy office. Franke Institute for the Humanities, free.
7–9p.m. Honor a momentous artist with a collaboration between the DuSable Museum, Poetry Foundation, and UChicago to present Centennial Brooks, a three-day tribute to the first African American poet to win the Pulitzer Prize. The kick-off event will feature Gwendolyn Brooks’s contemporaries and canonical poets such as Sonia Sanchez, Haki Madhubuti and Angela Jackson. DuSable Museum, free.
9a.m.–7p.m. Centennial Brooks continues to celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks with panel discussions on her works’ relation to Chicago’s urban landscape, her female contemporaries, and her career. Moderated by UChicago professors, the panels will feature visiting faculty. Opening reception 9–10 a.m., lectures from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m., reception until 7.
7–9p.m. Watch UC Dancers explore home through dance—what it means to be at home, to have one, to lose one. FXK Theatre, $5 advance/$8 door for students; $8 general admission.
9:30a.m.–9p.m. Centennial Brooks concludes with roundtable discussions on Gwendolyn Brooks’s work as both a poet and a performer in relation to the Black Arts Movement and the Civil Rights Era. The conference will close with a newly commissioned music suite composed by Nicole Mitchell performed by her Black Earth Ensemble, and a performance from singer/poet Jamila Woods. Discussions 9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m., performance 7:30–9 p.m.
3p.m. Contempo—named for its dedication to contemporary chamber music—presents Five From Afar, a performance by the Kontras Quartet that features five recent works by leading international women composers. Logan Center performance hall, $25/$20 Faculty and Staff /$5 students.