Notable Philadelphia: 2/13–2/19


Wednesday 2/14: The Nick Virgilio Haiku Performance Series presents Hokkuchi, a haiku performance with poet Yolanda Wisher and double bassist Mark Palacio. 7 p.m. at The Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden.

Thursday 2/15: The Rare Jawn reading series returns with featured readers Carmen Maria Machado, Caren Beilin, Colin Winnette, Simon Jacobs, and Cynthia Dewi Oka! Hosted by Sarah Rose Etter. 7 p.m. at 45 S. 3rd Street.

Friday 2/16: Thirty West Publishing presents readings by Chester County poets Christian Sammartino, Ze Lynx, and C.J. McGowan, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Josh Dale. 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Saturday 2/17: In honor of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement and in conjunction with A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault, Joanna C. Valente will host a Philadelphia edition of their Voices of Sexual Assault Survivors reading series. Featuring readings by Berry Grass, Prairie M. Faul, Laura Kochman, Becca Khalil, Alexandra Naughton, and Claudia Cortese. 6 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records. 

Sunday 2/18: You Can’t Kill a Poet, a reading series for queer and/or trans identified poets to share their work, is hosting an open mic night! 5 p.m. at Fishtown Social.

Jaime Fountaine’s Excuse My Dust series, which offers an hour of “wit, writing, and weirdness”, returns with performances by Tracey Levine, Amy Saul-Zerby, and Financial Guru Gregg Gethard. 8 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre.

Monday 2/19: The Kelly Writers House will present a poetry reading by transnational poet, translator, and performance artist Sawako Nakayasu. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House. 


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s four essays from “Hall of Waters” by Berry Grass (Wanderer). 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 →