Notable Philadelphia: 10/31–11/6


Tuesday 10/31: The Cheryl J. Family fiction series presents readings by Carmen Maria Machado and Jenny Zhang. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Wednesday 11/1: Philadelphia Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher presents a preview of her upcoming Intercultural Journeys show, Pirate Jenny’s Conspiracy. 6 p.m. at The Sable Collective.

Thursday 11/2: Ta-Nehisi Coates reads from his new essay collection, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Friday 11/3: The MFA Creative Writing Program and the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers-Camden present U R HERE: A Festival of Digital Language Art, featuring hands-on workshops and performances by Kate Durbin, Claire Kwong, Muslin, and Asha Sheshadri. November 3 and 4 at The Rutgers-Camden Writer’s House.

Saturday 11/4: Charmed Instruments with featured readers Christina Cook, Laura Neuman, and Fiona Sze-Lorrain. 7:30 p.m. at 824 S. 8th Street.

Sunday 11/5: Poetry at Pen & Pencil presents readings by Jaz, Adriann “The Pen” Bautista, and Vernita Hall, followed by an open mic! 8 p.m. at The Pen & Pencil Club. 

Monday 11/6: Nikki Giovanni reads from her new collection A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Tin Woman’s Lament” by Yolanda Wisher (PoetryNow, 2016). 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 →