Notable Philadelphia: 11/7–11/13


Tuesday 11/7: The Whenever We Feel Like It series presents poetry readings by Holly Melgard, Orchid Tierney, and Amanda Silberling. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

You Can’t Kill A Poet with readings by queer and trans identified poets Lilith Kulp, Terra Oh, Laura Kochman, Daniel Barnum, and Noemi Charlotte Thieves. 8 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Wednesday 11/8: Moonstone Poetry with featured readers Raena Shirali and Hiram Larew, followed by an open mic! 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 11/9: A new Tire Fire reading will double as the Philadelphia book release for Michael Konik’s Year 14! The event will also feature readings by Michelle Junot, Bud Smith, and Irène Mathieu, and will raise funds for the CHOP Adolescent Initiative. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Acclaimed religion scholar and author Reza Aslan will read from his new book God: A Human History. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia. 

Friday 11/10: Join Carmen Maria Machado and Andrea Lawlor, authors of Her Body and Other Parties and Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, for a reading and discussion of their new work. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Free Library Author Events presents a reading by Isabel Allende from her new book In the Midst of Winter. 7:30 at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Saturday 11/11: The Writers House at Rutgers-Camden and the Cooper Street Workshop will host a typewriting workshop led by Shanyn Fiske. 10 a.m. at Rutgers University—Camden.

Sunday 11/12: Philly Zine Fest, Philadelphia’s oldest self-publishing and small press festival will take place from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Rotunda.

Monday 11/13: Painted Bride Quarterly and Paul Siegell present readings by Laura Spagnoli, Amy Small-McKinney, Pui Ying Wong, and Tim Suermondt! 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Monsoon Season, One” by Raena Shirali (The Adroit Journal, Issue 17). 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 →