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 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 →