Notable Philadelphia: 4/17–4/23

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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.

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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 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 →