Notable Philadelphia: 5/8–5/14


Tuesday 5/8: The Penn Book Center will host a reading by David Traub, author of Discovering Philadelphia: Places Little Known, followed by a conversation with architectural historian David Brownlee. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Wednesday 5/9: The Hatchery series returns with readings by Sarah Blake, Raena Shirali, Chris Davis, and Fran Daulerio. 7 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

The Free Library welcomes Jesmyn Ward, author of the novel Sing, Unburied, Sing. 12 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Friday 5/11: Annie Paradis’s The Slam, which features standup comedians trying their hands at slam poetry, will welcome guest poet Savannah Cooper-Ramsey! 7 p.m. at Good Good Comedy Theatre.

Degrees of Writing, an evening of fiction and poetry, will include readings by Tim Fitts, Kirstem Kaschock, and Cameron MacKenzie. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Saturday 5/12: The Meet the Author series at Taller Puertorriqueño presents a reading and conversation with Liliana Velasquez, author of Dreams and Nightmares / Sueños y Pesadillas. 3 p.m. at Taller Puertorriqueño.

The Kelly Writers House will present a reading by UPenn alumni fiction authors. Featured readers are Ariel Djanikian, Amina Gautier, and Melissa Jensen. 4 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore welcomes poet, critic, and translator Susan Stewart to read from her new book, Cinder: New and Selected Poems. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

“With Mirth and Laughter”, an improvised play performed in Shakespearean style, returns to the Philly Improv Theater. Directed by Steve Kleinedler. 7 p.m. at Philly Improv Theater.

Sunday 5/13: Warrior Writers, a non-profit that “aims to create a culture that articulates veterans’ experiences, build a collaborative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to war and the full range of military experiences”, presents a reading by veteran poets W.D. Ehrhart and Bill Wunder. 2 p.m. at South Philly Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Monday 5/14: Little Berlin’s monthly open mic returns for Poems Night 25! Featured readers will be Lily Kulp and Jonathan Aprea, with an open mic to follow. 7 p.m. at Little Berlin.

Painted Bride Quarterly presents a reading by Faye Chevalier, Lynn Levin, Luke Bauerlein, and Leigh Marques. 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 two poems by Sarah Blake (Drunken Boat, 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 →