Here at Harriet HQ, we aspire to be helpful, to contribute something to the lives of our readers beyond the latest Gertrude Stein gossip. (For those of you playing along at home, the applicable industry term here is “servicey.”) This week, to that end, we pointed out a few opportunities for education, activity, and self-improvement.

Want something fun, social, and enriching to do in Chicago this evening? The annual Printer’s Ball returns tonight in the South Loop!

New Yorkers: Want to help out a legendary bookshop this weekend? St. Mark’s Bookshop looks to be changing addresses again. Saturday’s “cash mob” will help them pay for new digs.

Are you a poetry lover who’d like a better grip on astrophysics? J.W.V. Storey breaks it down in your language.

Do you want to give one of your younger selves a stern talkin’-to? Eileen Myles and other queer poets show you how it’s done.

Do you want to make fashion choices that reflect your passion for verse? We give you the poetry dress.

Are you a fashion designer? Are you looking for work? You could work with Dorothea Lasky! If you don’t apply, you’ll never know. Anna Wintour probably lost your number by now.

Want to help make the American Writers Museum a thing? You can.

Southern Californians: Want to expand your social circles to include more Bukowski fans? And Sondheim fans? Mark your calendars.

Want to stock your shelves with the entire William Gibson back catalog? It’s as easy as cracking the 20-year-old code behind his notorious self-destructing poem “Agrippa (a book of the dead)”.

Want an easier way to get some new reading material? Reality Press is having a sale, and ships internationally.

Want to help kids get some reading material? North Carolina’s Book Harvest has a plan and needs some help.

Want to listen to poetry on your way to work? How about a new poem every day? Please, subscribe to our Poem of the Day podcast. We think you’ll be glad you did.

Originally Published: July 20th, 2012