Notable Philadelphia: 12/5–12/11

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Tuesday 12/5: The launch party for Sarah Blake’s new poetry collection Let’s Not Live on Earth will also feature readings by Eleanor Stanford and Dawn Lonsinger. 7 p.m. at L’Etage. 

Wednesday 12/6: Eve Ewing will be in town and reading from her debut book Electric Arches alongside Amber Rose Johnson and Kai Davis. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Gabriel Ojeda-Sague will host an evening of readings featuring Tamara Oakman, Tyler Antoine, Sebastian Castillo, and Ailin Cao. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records. 

Thursday 12/7: Gina Myers‘s Accidental Player reading series returns with featured readers Cynthia Dewi Oka, Scott Daughtridge, Emma Brown Sanders, and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 12/8: Join Autumn Brown of Ross Chaos Comics for an art opening featuring readings by Alexa Smith, Angelo Colavita, and Reek Bell. 7 p.m. at B2 Café.

Saturday 12/9: Taller Puertorriqueño presents a bilingual reading by Philadelphia-based Puerto Rican poet, writer, and translator Raquel Salas Rivera. 3 p.m. at Taller Puertorriqueño.

Angelo Colavita of Empty Set Press will host a release party for Mark Lamoureux and Chris McCreary’s new chapbook MARIS McLAMOUREARY’S DICTIONNAIRE INFERNAL! The evening will also feature readings by Joanna C. Valente, Kyle Brown-Watson, and Kailey Tedesco, and an acoustic performance by GOD ROOT! 7 p.m. at The Convent. 

Sunday 12/10: Poets for Puerto Rico, a benefit for hurricane relief, will feature readings by Raquel Salas Rivera, Yesenia Montilla, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Nikki Lopez, Frank Sherlock, Noel Quiñones, Malcolm Friend, Kirwyn Sutherland, Cindy Arrieu-King, Soledad Alfaro, Iréne Mathieu, Venessa Marco, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Gabriel Ramirez, Selina Carrera, Husnaa Hashim, Kai Davis, and Hiram Rivera. 2:30 p.m. at ICA.

David Hancock’s Random Name Poetry Series returns with featured poets Julia Bloch and Travis Chi Wing Lau. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

Monday 12/11: Paul Siegell and Painted Bride Quarterly present readings by Laynie Browne, Elizabeth Scanlon, Leonard Gontarek, and Tamara Oakman! 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Grievances” by Emma Brown Sanders (the tiny, 2017). Enjoy!

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Amy Saul-Zerby is a Philadelphia-based poet. She is Editor-in-Chief of Voicemail Poems, Communications Manager at Apiary Magazine, and a contributing writer at Fields Magazine. Her first collection Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds was published by Be About It Press in 2017. More from this author →