Notable Philadelphia: 2/20–2/26

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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.

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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 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 →