Notable Philadelphia: 4/3–4/9

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Tuesday 4/3: Write Bloody Publishing presents the Philadelphia stop on the Gentlemen Boss Tour with Derrick C. Brown, Anis Mojgani, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, special guest Sarah Kay, and local poet Jacob Winterstein! 7:30 at PhilaMOCA.

Jorie Graham will be in town reading from her new collection Fast: Poems. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 4/4: Moonstone Poetry presents an interview with and reading by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Writers in Camden series presents a reading by James McBride. 7 p.m. at Rutgers University–Camden.

Thursday 4/5: The Tire Fire series returns with readings by Tom McAllister, Dan Brady, Julia Perch, and Maryan Nagy Captan! The event will double as a fundraiser with optional donations to the Philadelphia Student Union. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 4/6:  The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam welcomes Joel Dias-Porter as this month’s feature! 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

Saturday 4/7: Junot Díaz will read from his new book Islandborn. 12:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Monday 4/9: The Monday Poets series will present readings by local poet Olga Dugan and New York-based poet Amy Barone. 6:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library.

The twenty-fourth installation of the monthly Poems Night series will feature readings by Maryan Nagy Captan, Norn, Berry Grass, and Kyle Brown-Watson, music by Dave Baker, and an open mic to close out the evening! 7 p.m. at Little Berlin.

Painted Bride Quarterly presents poetry readings by Ernest Hilbert, Nomi Stone, Danny Shot, Amy Woolard, and Heather Derr-Smith! Hosted by Paul Siegell. 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 “Eight Scenes from the Life of a Professional Raven” by Tom McAllister (Hobart, August 2016). 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 →