Notable Philadelphia: 5/29-6/4

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Wednesday 5/30: Apiary Magazine presents Hive Night, a new reading and open mic series at Fergie’s Pub! Featured readers will be Alex Smith, Meg Pendoley, and Lamont Steptoe. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub. 

Thursday 5/31: A reading by Daniel Gumbiner, author of The Boatbuilder, will be followed by a reading and discussion with local writer Niela Orr. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Join touring poet Peter BD for the Philadelphia release of his new book Milk & Henny. He will read alongside Sebastian Castillo, Amy Saul-Zerby, Ed Halliday, Tsarina Islam, and Goddess Ashley Olsen. Hosted by Austin Islam. 7:30 p.m. at Fairhill Square Reading Room. 

Sunday 6/3: The Launch of “We (Too) Are Philly,” a summer poetry festival organized by Raquel Salas Rivera, Ashley Davis, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Raena Shirali, will feature readings by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, Vincent Toro, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, Denice Frohman, Kassidi Jones, Grisel Acosta, and Warren Longmire. 7 p.m. at Pentridge Station. 

Monday 6/4: Join Misty Rosso for the June edition of her monthly open mic series, Community Drafts! 8 p.m. at Lucky 13 Pub.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Doña Teresa and the Chicken” by Denice Frohman (The Adroit Journal, May 2018). 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 →