Notable Philadelphia: 12/5–12/11


Tuesday 12/5: The launch party for Sarah Blake’s new poetry collection Let’s Not Live on Earth will also feature readings by Eleanor Stanford and Dawn Lonsinger. 7 p.m. at L’Etage. 

Wednesday 12/6: Eve Ewing will be in town and reading from her debut book Electric Arches alongside Amber Rose Johnson and Kai Davis. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Gabriel Ojeda-Sague will host an evening of readings featuring Tamara Oakman, Tyler Antoine, Sebastian Castillo, and Ailin Cao. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records. 

Thursday 12/7: Gina Myers‘s Accidental Player reading series returns with featured readers Cynthia Dewi Oka, Scott Daughtridge, Emma Brown Sanders, and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 12/8: Join Autumn Brown of Ross Chaos Comics for an art opening featuring readings by Alexa Smith, Angelo Colavita, and Reek Bell. 7 p.m. at B2 Café.

Saturday 12/9: Taller Puertorriqueño presents a bilingual reading by Philadelphia-based Puerto Rican poet, writer, and translator Raquel Salas Rivera. 3 p.m. at Taller Puertorriqueño.

Angelo Colavita of Empty Set Press will host a release party for Mark Lamoureux and Chris McCreary’s new chapbook MARIS McLAMOUREARY’S DICTIONNAIRE INFERNAL! The evening will also feature readings by Joanna C. Valente, Kyle Brown-Watson, and Kailey Tedesco, and an acoustic performance by GOD ROOT! 7 p.m. at The Convent. 

Sunday 12/10: Poets for Puerto Rico, a benefit for hurricane relief, will feature readings by Raquel Salas Rivera, Yesenia Montilla, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Nikki Lopez, Frank Sherlock, Noel Quiñones, Malcolm Friend, Kirwyn Sutherland, Cindy Arrieu-King, Soledad Alfaro, Iréne Mathieu, Venessa Marco, Sham-e-Ali Nayeem, Gabriel Ramirez, Selina Carrera, Husnaa Hashim, Kai Davis, and Hiram Rivera. 2:30 p.m. at ICA.

David Hancock’s Random Name Poetry Series returns with featured poets Julia Bloch and Travis Chi Wing Lau. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

Monday 12/11: Paul Siegell and Painted Bride Quarterly present readings by Laynie Browne, Elizabeth Scanlon, Leonard Gontarek, and Tamara Oakman! 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Grievances” by Emma Brown Sanders (the tiny, 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 →