This Week is Lit

For two months, we at Saranac Review have curated a list of workshops and readings from around the web for you to enjoy, and we’ve loved doing so. But we also think you’re ready for something harder: The Sealey Challenge. 

Every August since 2017, award-winning poet Nicole Sealey (Ordinary Beast 2019) has read a collection or chapbook of poetry each day of the month, thirty-one books in all. Her choice was born of frustration: she wasn’t reading as much as she wanted to. Sealey decided to be proactive about it, and asked on social media if anyone wanted to join her in a month-long reading goal. As it turns out, they did—in fairly large numbers. 

It snowballed into what is now known as #TheSealeyChallenge, in which participants read a book a day for the month of August. For slow readers or busy folk, thirty-one collections of poetry in as many days might seem demanding. But participants follow #TheSealeyChallenge on Instagram and Twitter to keep up with the community, share their take on the immersive literary experience, and commiserate on the difficult aspects of the challenge. 

August is just around the corner, but you still have time to gather your thirty-one books! What do you say—will you be joining us for the #TheSealeyChallenge? 

To read Nicole Sealey describe the challenge herself, click here:

Other Literary Resources: 

July 26 at 7pm EDT, Poets in Pajamas Series

Join the Poets in Pajamas weekly reading series! This week features Courtney Young, writer of fiction, screenplays, pop culture criticism and creative nonfiction. Follow this link to the Facebook event.

July 26 starting at 12pm ET, WriteRetreat
This full day literary event features seminars and readings from Jennifer Baker, Maisy Card, K-Ming Chang, Melissa Faliveno, Lauren Francis-Sharma, Benjamin Garcia, Racquel Henry, Nazelah Jamison, and Janelle M. Williams. Though the event is free, donations are suggested to support the Black Voter Matter Fund and House of GG. Find a full list of events here

July 28 at 7pm EDT, Reading Hosted by Harvard Book Store
Join Alex Marzano-Lesnevich in conversation with Michelle Bowdler about her new book Is Rape a Crime? A Memoir, an Investigation, and a Manifesto. Click here to access the event.

July 28 at 7pm EDT, Reading hosted by Gwinnett County Public Library. 

Kiley Reid (Such a Fun Age), Joshilyn Jackson (The Almost Sisters), Sameer Pandya (The Blind Writer) will all appear in conversation at this event. Register here. July 29 at 7:30pm EDT, Reading hosted by American Writers Museum 

July 29 at 7:30pm EDT, Reading hosted by American Writers Museum

Poet Natasha Tretheway will discuss her forthcoming memoir Memorial Drive at this event, for which you can register here. 

July 30 at 7:30pm EDT, Martha’s Vineyard Author Series

National Book Award Winner Sarah Broom, author of the memoir Yellow House, will join Thelma Golden in conversation as the start to this series of events. For the full listing of events, and to register for Broom and Golden’s conversation, click here.