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 a Philadelphia-based poet. She is Editor-in-Chief of Voicemail Poems, Communications Manager at Apiary Magazine, and a contributing writer at Fields Magazine. Her first collection Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds was published by Be About It Press in 2017. More from this author →