Notable Philadelphia: 4/17–4/23


Tuesday 4/17: The Kelly Writers House presents “How to be a Doll,” a night of drag queens writing, writers dragging, and all things words and wigs. Featuring performances by Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Fyarla, Wo Chan (AKA Pearl Harbor), and Mark McCloughan. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House. 

Wednesday 4/18: YesYes Books presents a showcase of their local and touring authors, including readings by Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Caylin Capra-Thomas, Brandon Courtney, jamie mortara, Gala Mukomolva, and Raena Shirali. 8 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Jehanne Dubrow will read from her new poetry collection, Dots and Dashes. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Thursday 4/19: The Annual Saturnalia Books poetry reading returns with Libby Burton, Sebastian Aguledo, and Cortney Lamar Charleston. 7 p.m. at Head House Books.

The All But True reading series presents an evening of flash fiction with Sebastian Castillo and Sharon White. 7 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Friday 4/20: The Philadelphia release of The People’s Elbow by New York-based poet Rax King will also feature readings by local poets Zach Blackwood and Berry Grass! Hosted by Alina Pleskova. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Saturday 4/21: Split Lip Press presents readings by Dina Relles, Sara La Cotti, Rachel Milligan, Ryan Eckes, and Sam Herschel Wein. Hosted by Amanda Miska. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Sunday 4/22: The Random Name poetry series presents readings by Maya Arthur, Imani Davis, and Rachel Zolf. Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

Monday 4/23: The Penn Book Center welcomes poets Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach and Sam Herschel Wein to celebrate and read from their new chapbooks. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “To Writing Smaller Than You Ever Thought Possible” by Rachel Milligan (Sixth Finch, 2017). 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 →