Notable Philadelphia: 5/1–5/7


Wednesday 5/2: Melissa Broder will be in town to read from her new novel The Pisces. 7 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Rittenhouse.

Moonstone Poetry presents an evening with Ryan Eckes, author of General Motors, including an interview, a reading, and an open mic to close out the night. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 5/3: Thirty West Publishing presents the release party for Matt Duggan’s new chapbook A Season in Another World. Also featuring readings by Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, Tim Lynch, and Christian Sammartino. 5:30 p.m. at Vox Populi.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore will host an evening of readings by poets who are also editors! Featuring Berry Grass, Raena Shirali, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, and Alina Pleskova. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Friday 5/4: The Philly Lit Spelling Bee, in which Philadelphia literary organizations compete against one another, returns! Presented by The Head and the Hand Press. 7 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

B2 Café will host a First Friday art opening and poetry reading, featuring abstract painter Steve Notich and readings by Zoe Parker, Amy Saul-Zerby, Hemi Clementine, and Kyle Brown-Watson. BYOB, if you wish. 7:30 p.m. at B2 Café.

The Philly Pigeon presents their final slam of the season! Come watch the grand slam finalists compete for a free trip to the Philly Pigeon Artist Retreat in Jamaica. 8:45 p.m. at PhilaMOCA. 

Saturday 5/5: The Housework series returns with a reading and conversation between queer artists and thinkers Emji Spero and Brett Suemnicht. 6 p.m. at Vox Populi.

The Charmed Instruments poetry series presents readings by Anna Gurton-Wachter, Mc Hyland, and Brian Teare! 7:30 p.m. at 824 South 8th Street. 

Sunday 5/6: Maryan Captan will host Poetry in the Park, an open air potluck and open mic in West Philadelphia’s Clark Park. Email Maryan to sign up to read. 12 p.m. at Clark Park.

The Random Name Poetry Series will present readings by Herman Beavers and Artress Bethany White! Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

Monday 5/7: Join finalists of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards for readings of their nominated works! Featured readers are Jaclyn Prior, Beckett Koretz, Patricia A. Smith, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, and Rosamund S. King. 6 p.m. at Independence Branch.

The release party for Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera’s new book Lo Terciario / The Tertiary will also feature readings by Kirwyn Sutherland, Raena Shirali, Ashley Davis, Frank Sherlock, Sanam Sheriff, and Gabriel Ojeda-Sague. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Community Drafts open mic returns for another evening of creative writing, music, and improv. Hosted by Misty Rosso. 8 p.m. at Lucky 13 Pub.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Genius Loci” by Brian Teare (University of California Press, 2009). 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 →