Notable Philadelphia: 8/15–8/21


Tuesday 8/15: First Person Arts StorySlam: Hairy. 7 p.m. at FringeArts, $10.

Drunk Spelling Bee. Hosted by Mighty Writers. 7 p.m. at Bourbon & Branch.

Wednesday 8/16: Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Discussion (Part 1). 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Radical Gotham: Anarchism in New York City (a discussion). Featuring Tom Goyens, author of Beer and Revolution: The German Anarchist Movement in New York City, 1880-1914. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records. 

Thursday 8/17: RARE JAWN: Gray / Jemc / Grass / Etter. Featuring readings by Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Berry Grass, and Sarah Rose Etter. 7 p.m. at L’Etage.

Michael Deibert, author of Haiti Will Not Perish: A Recent History. 7 p.m. at Head House Books.

Friday 8/18: 7 Year Anniversary Weekend (cocktail party). 7 p.m. at The Spiral Bookcase.

Thirty West Presents #6. Featuring readings by Kate Foley, Kailey Tedesco, Heath Brougher, and Scott Thomas Outlar. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Saturday 8/19: Music and Poetry Benefit Evening. Featuring readings by Lora Mathis, Terra Rene, River Mason, and Ari Gutierrez-Sanchez, and live music by The Gray Company, Ganou, and Shannen Moser. 7:30 p.m. at 990 Spring Garden, $5.

Wildseed Open Mic. Featuring Neffratiti Turner and Soledad Alfaro. 6 p.m. at 79 E. Sharpnack, $10.

Sunday 8/20: Palo Santo Book Club, August edition: A Return to Love. 5 p.m. at Palo Santo Wellness Boutique. 

Monday 8/21: Storytime with the Free Library of Philadelphia. 11:30 p.m. at The Schmidt’s Commons.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Evaporation Field” by Sarah Rose Etter, from Nightblock Edition 9. Enjoy!


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Amy Saul-Zerby is the author of two poetry collections, Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds (Be About It Press, 2017) and Deep Camouflage (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, The Chicago Review of Books, American Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She is the editor of Voicemail Poems and Literary Philly. Find her on Twitter at @amyszzz. More from this author →