Notable Philadelphia: 2/6–2/12


Tuesday 2/6: The Multilingual Poetics series will present a reading by Russian poet and scholar Alexandra Petrova. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House. 

Wednesday 2/7: Moonstone Poetry presents a reading and interview with Lamont Steptoe on poetry, black history, and his life. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Philly Poetry Workshop, which meets every second and fourth Wednesday of the month, is free and accessible to all. Bring printed copies of the piece you would like to workshop. 7 p.m. at A-Space Community Center.

Thursday 2/8: The Wooden Shoe will host a discussion with Anna Feigenbaum, author of Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of WWI to the Streets of Today. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Friday 2/9: Carmen Maria Machado, Philadelphia-based author of Her Body and Other Parties, will read at 7 p.m. in Mt. Airy at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

The Philly launch of The Earthquake Room, a new novel by Davey Davis, will also feature readings by local writers Faye Chevalier and Angelo Colavita! 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Monday 2/12: Poems Night returns to Little Berlin with featured readers Cris Meadows, Alexandra Naughton, Amber Renee, and Amy Saul-Zerby, followed by an open mic! 7 p.m. at Little Berlin.

One Book, One Philadelphia, a signature event of the Free Library of Philadelphia that encourages the Philly area to come together through reading and discussing a single book, is currently featuring programming around Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. Join Painted Bride Quarterly for responses to the novel’s themes with poets Joel Dias-Porter, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, p.e. garcia, and Kirwyn Sutherland. 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 “Notched in the Bow of a Wave” by Joel Dias-Porter (Poetry, June 2016). 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 →