Notable Philadelphia: 1/30–2/5


Wednesday 1/31: You Can’t Kill a Poet, which features the work of queer and trans identified writers, returns to the Free Library of Philadelphia with readings by Samya Abu-Orf, Kai Bobbi, Stephanie Czapla, and Billimarie Lubiano Robinson. Hosted by Boston Gordon. 6:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia (South Philly Branch).

Thursday 2/1: The release party for Deep Camouflage, now out via Civil Coping Mechanisms, will feature readings by Raena Shirali, Prairie M. Faul, Zach Blackwood, and Amy Saul-Zerby. Copies of the book will be for sale, as will 50 cent pierogis! 7:30 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Kelly Writers House will host a reading and remembrance to celebrate the life of Hillary Gravendyk and her posthumously published poetry collection, The Soluble Hour. Readers will include Julia Bloch, Jason Zuzga, and Cynthia Arrieu-King. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Friday 2/2: The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam returns with AfroBoricua educator, writer, and performer Noel Quiñones! Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

The Slam returns with guest poet D. Ted Tarnovski of Poems Night fame! Come hear Ted’s work and watch him critique the slam performances of comedians. Hosted by Annie Paradis. 8:30 at Good Good Comedy Theatre.

Kay Ulanday Barrett will be in town on his book tour for When the Chant Comes! He will be reading alongside local poets Osimiri Sprowal and Ras Mashramani. 7 p.m. at Asian Arts Initiative.

Saturday 2/3: The Hugely Popular reading series will present readings by local poets Jenn McCreary, Orchid Tierney, and Amanda Silberling. 7 p.m. at Brickbat Books.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Simultaneous Elegy” by Amanda Silberling (Leveler 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 →