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 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 →