Notable Philadelphia: 5/8–5/14

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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.

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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 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 →