Notable Philadelphia: 11/21–11/27

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Tuesday 11/21: Celebrated New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will read from her new book Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 11/22: Native Philadelphian turned Bay Area poet and novelist Alexandra Naughton will be reading with a band of local writers at El Bar’s open mic night. Bring a poem to share! 7:30 p.m. at The El Bar.

Thursday 11/23: Local theatre group The Renegade Company is hosting a playwriting and story sharing workshop at Kensington Storefront. All are invited to share stories, write, and learn more about their new play currently in development. 12 p.m. at Kensington Storefront. 

Friday 11/24: Queer Performances of Color, a series dedicated to providing a platform for queer artists of color, presents Blane Elliott, Blessing Osazuwa, Bugalu Boogie, Icon Ebony Fierce, Jaeda, Renaissance Noir, Zephyra Rivers, and Zsu Zsu Zantana! 8 p.m. at Writer’s Block Rehab.

Saturday 11/25: Join PhillyWriMos for a National Novel Writing Month write-in, and wrap up your month of work on your novel in good company. 11 a.m. at Philadelphia City Institute.

Sunday 11/26: Franny Lou’s Porch in Kensington will be hosting an all-ages class on afro-poetry! 3 p.m. at Franny Lou’s Porch.

Monday 11/27: The Wynnefield Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia will host a screening and discussion of the 2007 documentary Maxed Out. 5 p.m. at 5325 Overbrook Ave.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s three poems by Alexandra Naughton (Luna Luna Magazine, July 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 →