March – June 2024 Arts & Culture, Literary Events, Book Signings, Open Mics & Poetry Slams

Updated June 25

Check out this list of arts & culture, literary, book signings, comics conventions, open mics, and poetry slams you might consider patronizing.

Check back often for more events.

Author Michael Arceneaux‘s Book Tour www.michael-arceneaux.com

The Bricks Reading Series (Philadelphia) March 19

17 Annual Black Writers Conference (New York) March 20-23 CenterForBlackLiterature.org

Virginia Festival of The Book (Charlottesville, VA) March 20 – March 24 vabook.org

TWFest – the Tennessee Williams & New Orleans Literary Festival (New Orleans) March 20 – March 24 tennesseewilliams.net

21st Annual Saints & Sinners LGBTQ+ Literary Festival (New Orleans) March 22 – March 24 sasfest.org

Indiana Comic Convention (Indianapolis) March 22 – March 24 indianacomicconvention.com

The Creative Incubator Honoring Bronzeville’s Trailblazers for Women History Month (Chicago) March 23 buildbronzeville.com

Rudy Francisco Live in Los Angeles March 23 — Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry. Rudy Francisco has shared stages with prominent artists. eventbrite.com/e/rudy-francisco-live-in-los-angeles

No H8 Campaign Photo Shoot (Anaheim) March 24 noh8campaign.com

Building The Table: Celebrating Diversity in Health, Wellness and Beauty (Chicago) March 24 theclosetunlocked.com

WonderCon 2024 Hosted by: Comic con International (Anaheim, CA) March 29 – March 31 comic-con.org

2024 Workforce Development Conference for Black LGBTQ+ Professionals (Chicago) March 30 bit.ly/LFWDC

K.Ross Original Art 2024 Tour Dates krossoriginalart.com

REELpoetry/HoustonTX 2024 is an international poetry film Festival. This weeklong event showcases 100+ screenings under 6 minutes from 20 different countries. April1 – April 7 PublicPoetry.ticketspice.com

OUTspoken LGBTQ+ Stories (Chicago) our monthly storytelling event celebrating uniquely personal stories from a cross-section of the LGBTQ+ community. OUTspoken is held on the first Tuesday of each month at Sidetrack. SidetrackChicago.com

Living History, the GLBT Historical Society’s 39th anniversary, and the opening of All the Nights We Got to Dance (San Francisco) April 3 www.glbthistory.org/events

City of Writers Poetry Festival (St. Petersburg, FL) April 3-April 30 stpete.org/visitors/city_of_writers_poetry_festival

BOMBYX Center for Arts & Equity Power of Truth: Arts & Education Festival (Northampton, MA) April 5 – April 6 bombyx.live/power-of-truths

The Book Worm Book Fest 2024 (Powder Springs, GA) April 8 – April 13. The Book Worm Book Fest is a week-long celebration for lovers of books of all ages featuring authors, panel discussions, open mic poetry & spoken word, and so much more. thebookwormbookfest.com

Chicago Humanities Spring Festival Various Dates April – June

Click here to purchase tickets for Elizabeth Kolbert: From A to Z on the Climate Crisis

Click here to purchase tickets for The Swans of Harlem: Reclaiming the History of Black Ballet

Click here to purchase tickets for Bakari Sellers: Moving Forward from The Race Reckoning

Click here to purchase tickets for Everyday Objects: Public Housing to Prison Pipeline

Click here to purchase tickets for Joy Reid: A Love Story that Awakened America

Click here to purchase tickets for Jen Psaki: Lessons From the Work, White House and World

Click here to purchase tickets for Hebru Brantley: The Art of Representation

Click here to purchase tickets for Ali Velshi: Small Acts of Courage Endure

Click here to purchase tickets for Jonathan Van Ness: Gorgeously Me

Click here to purchase tickets for Hip-Hop Is History with Questlove

For a complete list of Chicago Humanities Spring Festival events click here

San Antonio Book Festival April 13 sabookfestival.org

Brothers Healing Brothers co-hosted by Mark Tuggle (New York) April 13

Desire Summit East: Sensuality, Romance, Intimacy & Connection (Jersey City) April 13-14 Join us for 2 days of interactive sessions that will help you get clarity on your deepest desires and challenge your assumptions. We’ll have over a dozen diverse authors, experts, and entertainers across psychology, physical intimacy, technology innovation, kink, open relationships, dating, marriage, sexual health, music, comedy, and narrative storytelling. Get tickets here: eventbrite.com/e/desire-summit-east-sensuality-romance-intimacy-connection

Kevin Powell’s live performance of his 2024 Grammy-nominated spoken word poetry album, GROCERY SHOPPING WITH MY MOTHER. April 16 publictheater.org/productions/joes-pub/2024/k/kevin-powell

The Chicago Poetry Center presents BLUE HOUR, a free monthly in-person reading series and generative writing workshop. April 17 www.eventbrite.com/e/blue-hour-april-17

The Publishing Triangle Awards hosted by Emanuel Xavier (New York) April 17 publishingtriangle.org

The Publishing Triangle, the association of LGBTQ+ people in publishing, winners in nine competitive categories will be announced on Wednesday, April 17 at an in-person ceremony.

When Boys Exhale (Atlanta) April 19-20 to purchase tickets click here.

Rainbow Book Fair (New York) April 20 rainbowbookfair.com

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books April 20-April 21 events.latimes.com

Rudy Francisco Live in Dallas, TX April 25 Rudy Francisco is one of the most recognizable names in Spoken Word Poetry. Rudy Francisco has shared stages with prominent artists. www.eventbrite.com/e/rudy-francisco-live-in-dallas-tx

Rehoboth Women’s Fest 2024 (Rehoboth Beach, DEL) April 25 – April 28 camprehoboth.com/womensfest

Chicago Comic Entertainment Expo (C2E2) April 26 – April 28 c2e2.com

In The Land an Englewood Open Mic (Chicago) April 26 All positive vibes are welcome! (PG-13 content)

Annapolis Book Festival April 27 keyschool.org

Black Writers On Tour (Carson CA) April 27 blackwritersontour.com

Schomburg Center’s Black Comic Book Festival (New York City) April 26 – April 27 schomcom.org

Poetry & the Creative Mind 2024 — a National Poetry Month gala fundraiser (Online) April 30 www.eventbrite.com/e/poetry-the-creative-mind-a-national-poetry-month-gala-fundraiser. Join the Academy of American Poets for this celebration of poetry as luminaries from across the arts recite favorite poems. This special celebration is hosted by Jericho Brown, Academy of American Poets Chancellor.

About Face Theater Present LAVENDER MEN (Chicago) May 9 – June 8. This play is a journey to self-love and acceptance. Along the way, the story includes depictions of sexual behavior, disordered eating behavior, racialized language, and fatphobia. aboutfacetheatre.com/show/lavender-men/

Greater Pittsburgh Festival of Books May 11 www.pittsburghbookfestival.org

Motor City Comic Con (Novi, MI) May 17- May 19 motorcitycomiccon.com

East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (Philadelphia) May 18 ecbacc.com ECBACC celebrates black comic book artists, writers, and their fans. It’s an annual gathering that focuses on comic books, sci-fi, and fantasy creations by and about Black superheroes and characters.

The Gaithersburg Book Festival (Gaithersburg, MD) May 18 gaithersburgbookfestival.org

American Writers Festival (Chicago) May 19 americanwritersmuseum.org/american-writers-festival

The second American Writers Festival is presented by the American Writers Museum and Chicago Public Library. The free literary festival will be held at multiple stages inside the Harold Washington Library Center and feature a number of leading contemporary authors, poets, artists, and playwrights.

Some Things Must Be Heard Open Mic (St. Louis) May 25 metrotix.com

In My Feels Poetry Slam (Chicago) May 25 eventbrite.com/e/in-my-feels-poetry-slam-tickets

The Mahogany Project Present: Black Queer Book Fair & Day Party (Houston) May 26 www.mobilize.us/themahoganyproject

Chicago House Music Festival and Conference May 30-June 2 choosechicago.com/articles/festivals-special-events/chicago-house-music-festival This year’s event celebrates the 40th anniversary of house music with four days of free events.

Nashville Comic Con June 1-June 2 nashvillecomicon.com

Bay Area Book Fest (San Francisco) June 1-June 2 baybookfest.org

Bronx Book Festival June 5-June 9 www.thebronxisreading.com this event is free must RSVP.

Jackie Taylor’s 10th Annual Soul of A Powerful Woman “The Fight For Us…Continues” (Chicago) June 9 blackensemble.org

The 2024 Lammy Awards (New York) June 11 lambdaliterary.org

Save the date! The 2024 Lammy Awards ceremony will be held the evening of June 11, 2024, at New York City’s gorgeous Sony Hall. This year marks the 36-year anniversary of the Lammys and we are celebrating more authors, poets, and storytellers than ever across 26 categories.

Heroes Con 2024 (Charlotte, NC) June 14-June 16 heroesonline.com/heroescon/

The Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) Book Fest and Juneteenth Celebration (Indianapolis, IN) June 15  cblc.indypl.org

Q CON Southern California’s only LGBTQ+ comic convention (West Hollywood) June 15 qconprism.org

A Vessel Born to Float (Los Angeles) June 28-June 29 wacotheatercenter.com/performingarts/vessel

Gay Love Jones (Houston) June 28-June 29 to purchase tickets click here.

Austin African American Book Festival June 29 aaabookfest.org Our theme “Black Feeling, Black Talk: Activism in Poetry and Prose,” beautifully encapsulates the essence of Giovanni’s seminal work, “Black Feeling, Black Talk.”

Lavender Con (Wash DC) June 29-June 30 at the National Press Club is book festival celebrating LGBTQIA+ authors lavendercon.com