Notable Philadelphia: 4/3–4/9


Tuesday 4/3: Write Bloody Publishing presents the Philadelphia stop on the Gentlemen Boss Tour with Derrick C. Brown, Anis Mojgani, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, special guest Sarah Kay, and local poet Jacob Winterstein! 7:30 at PhilaMOCA.

Jorie Graham will be in town reading from her new collection Fast: Poems. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 4/4: Moonstone Poetry presents an interview with and reading by Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Writers in Camden series presents a reading by James McBride. 7 p.m. at Rutgers University–Camden.

Thursday 4/5: The Tire Fire series returns with readings by Tom McAllister, Dan Brady, Julia Perch, and Maryan Nagy Captan! The event will double as a fundraiser with optional donations to the Philadelphia Student Union. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 4/6:  The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam welcomes Joel Dias-Porter as this month’s feature! 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

Saturday 4/7: Junot Díaz will read from his new book Islandborn. 12:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Monday 4/9: The Monday Poets series will present readings by local poet Olga Dugan and New York-based poet Amy Barone. 6:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library.

The twenty-fourth installation of the monthly Poems Night series will feature readings by Maryan Nagy Captan, Norn, Berry Grass, and Kyle Brown-Watson, music by Dave Baker, and an open mic to close out the evening! 7 p.m. at Little Berlin.

Painted Bride Quarterly presents poetry readings by Ernest Hilbert, Nomi Stone, Danny Shot, Amy Woolard, and Heather Derr-Smith! Hosted by Paul Siegell. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Eight Scenes from the Life of a Professional Raven” by Tom McAllister (Hobart, August 2016). 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 →