Notable Philadelphia: 4/24–4/30

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Tuesday 4/24: The Kelly Writers House presents a zine fest in the garden! Bring your own publications and zines for sharing if you’d like. Hosted by Jacob Kind and Maya Arthur. 4 p.m. at Kelly Writers House. 

The Free Library presents readings by Gregory Pardlo, author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America, and Kevin Young, author of Brown. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 4/25: The Kelly Writers House will host a reception and reading by the honors students in Creative Writing at the University of Pennsylvania. Readers include Sara Albert, Brianne Alphonso, Maya Arthur, Stephanie Barron, Aliya Chaudhry, Seung Hyun Chung, Olivia Fitzpatrick, Maya Kassutto, Isabel J. Kim, Kaitlin Moore, Faith Padgett, Regina Salmons, Amanda Silberling, Zoe Stoller, and Gloria Yuen. 5 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Poetry Is Not a Luxury series will host a group reading and discussion of Notes on the Assemblage by Juan Felipe Herrera. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

The 215 Festival and Art in the Age present Art in the (P)age No. 3, featuring readings by Sam Allingham, Warren Longmire, and Prairie M. Faul, as well as a signature cocktail! 6 p.m. at Art in the Age.

Thursday 4/26: Join Painted Bride Quarterly for an improv writing game hosted by Annie Paradis! 5:30 p.m. at The Pen and Pencil Club.

The Charmed Instruments series returns with readings by Brenda Iijima, M. Nzadi Keita, and Jane Lewty. Hosted by Christy Davids and Sean Collins. 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage.

 Friday 4/27: The Fuze Philly Poetry Slam presents the semi-finals! The top four poets this evening will go to the Grand Slam Finals next month. 8 p.m. at 4522 Baltimore Ave.

 Saturday 4/28: Penn Book Center will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with a reading by Tim Fitts, John Wall Barger, and Emily Abendroth. 3 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Renegade Theatre Company presents “Sidewalk Stories”, a piece created by Kensington residents, presented as a walking tour of the neighborhood. 12 p.m. at The Renegade Company.

Gabriel Ojeda-Sague presents Somewhat: A Reading Series. Come hear featured readers Jason Mitchell, Emji Saint Spero, Mark Francis Johnson, and Connie Yu. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Sunday 4/29: Pirooz Kalayeh and Alexandra Naughton present a screening of the mid-length film Ctrl Alt Del, directed by Kalayeh. The event will feature a Q&A with the director and readings by Alexandra Naughton, Amy Saul-Zerby, and p.e. garcia. 7 p.m. at The Trocadero.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s four poems by p.e. garcia (The Rumpus, 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 →