Notable Philadelphia: 10/17–10/23


Tuesday 10/17: Come for the poetry, stay for the gay (a house reading). Featuring Lilith Kulp, Zach Blackwood, Prairie M. Faul, Andrea Kay, Daphne Calhoun, and June Gehringer. 6 p.m. at The Homo Hotel.

Amy Tan presents Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 10/18: Moonstone Poetry Reading Series. Featuring Shevaun Brannigan, Jamie J. Brunson, and Joyce Meyers. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Celebrate the launch of James McCrone’s Dark Network: An Imogen Trager Novel. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Thursday 10/19: Mi Borinquen: A Puerto Rico Relief Fundraiser for LGBTQ Boricuas. Featuring Maryan Captan, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Raquel Salas-Rivera, Sanam Sheriff, Soulxplosion, and Philadelphia’s Sanctuary Poets. 7 p.m. at William Street Common.

Friday 10/20: Black Womxn Art Show. Featuring Fannie Lou Hamer and Frances EW Harper. 6 p.m. at Franny Lou’s Porch.

Saturday 10/21: Harry Potter Festival. 10:20 a.m. in Chestnut Hill.

Sunday 10/22: So Four Poets Walk Into a Bar (reading). Featuring Kailey Tedesco, Lexi Spino, Ashley Coady, and B. Diehl. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Monday 10/23: Alice McDermott presents The Ninth Hour. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

A poetry reading from James Sherry. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “gem water is real and it’s good for you” by Zach Blackwood (Peach Mag, 2017). 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 →