Notable Philadelphia: 2/20–2/26


Tuesday 2/20: Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party presents a poetry-based open mic with a featured performer to be announced! 7 p.m. at APoetArtGallery. 

Wednesday 2/21: The Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania presents a reading by Lesley Nneka Arimah, author of the short story collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion on reading race and racial violence in America across regional lines, featuring poet and scholar Artress Bethany White and professor Herman Beavers. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Thursday 2/22: The Charmed Instruments reading series will present poetry readings by Cynthia Arrieu-King and Patrick Rosal. 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage.

Friday 2/23: The Fuze Philly Poetry Slam presents “Bring Your Favorite Poems Night.” Make sure to bring some of your favorite poems to share, whether they’re your own or by a favorite poet! 8 p.m. at 4522 Baltimore Ave.

In conjunction with One Book, One Philadelphia, the Free Library of Philadelphia will host a happy hour and discussion of Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson. 6 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Saturday 2/24: The fourth iteration of Making Roads, a prose reading series and salon for Philadelphia-area and visiting writers, will feature readings by Eugene Lim and Oki Sogumi. 4 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera presents Saturnalia, a reading by queer Philadelphia writers. Come hear featured readers RE Katz, Ángel Isián, Nomi Stone, p.e. garcia, Prairie M. Faul, Colette Arrand, Sanam Sheriff, Berry Grass, Elizabeth Baber, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Faye Chevalier, and Kayleb Rae Candrilli. 7 p.m. at Queerality.

Sunday 2/25: The Accidental Player series will present poetry readings by Steven Karl, Raena Shirali, Boston Gordon, and Steven Perez. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Nomi Stone (The Adroit Journal, Issue 23). 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 →