Notable Philadelphia: 3/13–3/19


Tuesday 3/13: The Kelly Writers House will host a reading and conversation with Sara Nović, author of the novel Girl at War. Hosted by Beth Kephart. 12 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

You Can’t Kill a Poet presents July Westhale, author of Trailer Trash. Also featuring readings by local poets Alina Pleskova, Zach Blackwood, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Boston Gordon. 7:30 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Kelly Writers House will host a reading by poet and translator Michael Palmer. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House. 

Wednesday 3/14: The Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover reading series returns with readings by Fred Moten, Frank Sherlock, and Raquel Salas Rivera. 7 p.m. at William Way LGBT Community Center.

The Free Library of Philadelphia will host the finale of One Book, One Philadelphia, featuring an interview with Jacqueline Woodsen and Tamala Edwards, as well as a celebration of the poetry and music found in Another Brooklyn with performances of original works inspired by the novel from Curtis Institute of Music composer Chelsea Komschlies and Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim. 7:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library.

Thursday 3/15: The Tire Fire series will present readings by Amish Trivedi, Sarah Gerard, Ian Carlos Crawford, and Amy Saul-Zerby. The event will double as a fundraiser, with optional donations going to Prevention Point Philadelphia. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The launch of CreativeAtTheCannery, a new prose-focused reading series at Dock Street Cannery in West Philly, will feature readings by Ru Freeman, Emma Copley Eisenberg, and Marc Anthony Richardson. Hosted by Matt Jakubowski and Christine Kendall. 5 p.m. at Dock Street Cannery + Lounge.

For their final event of the season, The State Street Reading Series will present readings by Sam Gridley and Kenneth Pobo. 7 p.m. at the Media Arts Council Gallery.

Sunday 3/18: The March Edition of Jaime Fountaine’s Excuse My Dust series will feature readings by Alyssa Al-Dookhi, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Vickie Fernandez, and Valerie DiMambro McShain, as well as free box wine! 8 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “My Mother Believes in my Marriage and This Shows Me Her Heart Can Forgive Even Years Spent Dancing Alone” by Kayleb Rae Candrilli (The Adroit Journal, Issue 24). 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 →