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 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 →