Notable Philadelphia: 11/28–12/4

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Tuesday 11/28: The Rutgers-Camden Writers House Salon Series presents a discussion with Jim Brown, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Digital Studies Center, whose book Ethical Programs: Hospitality and the Rhetorics of Software was recently published by University of Michigan Press. 12:45 p.m. at The Rutgers-Camden Writers House.

Wednesday 11/29: Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Jaime Fountaine’s comedic literary series Excuse My Dust! The anniversary show will feature Angelo Colavita, Alli Katz, and Carol Fritz. 7 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre.

Thursday 11/30: The Tire Fire series is excited to present readings by Carmen Maria Machado, Dave K., Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and Emma Eisenberg! Donations collected at the show will be matched by Tattooed Mom and sent to Juntos, a community-led, Latinx immigrant organization in South Philadelphia fighting for human rights. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom. 

Friday 12/1: Celebrate the release of Cynthia Dewi Oka’s new poetry collection Salvage, out now on Northwestern University Press! 6 p.m. at Asian Arts Initiative.

Annie Paradis’s series The Slam features a host of comedians alongside a poet. This month, the featured poet is Zach Blackwood! 8:30 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre. 

Saturday 12/2: The Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy will host an evening of poetry with readings by Kasey Jueds, Kelle Groom, Charlotte Boulay, and Elizabeth Scanlon. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Sunday 12/3: The Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center concludes its series of 2017 exhibitions with Ekphrastic, an exhibition of visual art with accompanying poetry.  12 p.m. at The Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center.

Monday 12/4: The Free Library Author Events series presents James Breakwell, comedy writer and author of Only Dead on the Inside. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Whole” by Elizabeth Scanlon (Bennington Review, Issue Three). 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 →