Notable Philadelphia: 1/16–1/22

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Tuesday 1/16: Poet and scholar Mónica de la Torre will give a poetry reading following a reception at 6:30 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, will speak with Dick Polman, writer in residence at the University of Pennsylvania. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 1/17: “One Book, One Philadelphia” will present a conversation and reading by author Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a performance by Yolanda Wisher and the Afroeaters! 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Thursday 1/18: The Tire Fire reading series presents readings by Hanif Abdurraqib, Kirwyn Sutherland, Lauren Grodstein, and Jonathan Reiss. The reading is free to attend but will double as a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund for those who would like to donate! 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Poets Stephanie Burt and Daisy Fried will present an evening of poetry readings beginning at 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Sunday 1/21: Jaime Fountaine’s Excuse My Dust series—an hour of “wit, writing, and weirdness”—returns with “Eavesdropping on America” by Jon E. Repelican, a performance by Settled Arrows, and more! Admission is $5 and includes free box wine! 8 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre.

Monday 1/22: The Whenever We Feel Like It reading series will present poetry readings by CA Conrad and Dara Wier in the Arts Café. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Dead Bards Poetry Series will feature readings by local poets Angelo Colavita and Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, followed by an open mic! 7:30 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Angelo Colavita (Yes Poetry). 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 →