Notable Philadelphia: 7/24–7/30

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Tuesday 7/24: The Chasing Windmills Reading Series returns with readings by Hannah McDonald, Abby Reed, Brock Warren, and Mariam Williams. The evening will also feature live music by Two Ripped Jeans. 6 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant. 

Thursday 7/26: We (Too) Are Philly presents “Solidarity Before Citizenship,” a reading and discussion of what it looks like to prioritize solidarity over citizenship. Readers will include Angel Dominguez, Joey de Jesus, Paige Quinones, Jayson P. Smith, Noor Ibn Najam, and featured reader Nikki López. 6 p.m. at Thomas Paine Plaza.

Wooden Shoe Books will host a discussion of indigenous politics with author, radio producer, and professor J. Kēhaulani Kauanui. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

The Philly Pigeon will present a reading and open mic centered on disruption and exploring themes of activism, intersectionality, and community. Featured poets will be Kai Davis, Enoch the Poet, and Afaq Mahmoud. 7:30 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Join Painted Bride Quarterly for an improv writing game hosted by Allison Miller. 7:30 p.m. at The Pen and Pencil Club.

Friday 7/27: Backyard Writers, an intramural fiction workshop, will present an evening of readings featuring Sara Ray, Dan Cicala, Jared Levy, and Adam Hofbauer. 7 p.m. at 2300 Emerald Street.

Caldera presents a reading by Philadelphia-based poets Samya Abu-Orf and Diana Misdary. 4 p.m. at Ox Coffee. 

The Fuze Philly Poetry Slam invites all teams of slam poets to challenge the Fuze Team. 8:30 p.m. at 4522 Baltimore Ave.

Saturday 7/28: Thirty West Presents #19 will feature readings by Richelle Kota, James Feichthaler, and Kaitlyn Buhrman. 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

The Philadelphia launch of Joanna C. Valente’s poetry collection Sexting Ghosts will also feature readings by Jenn McCreary, Raena Shirali, and Alina Pleskova. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records. 

Monday 7/30: Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Husnaa Hashim will read from her new collection Honey Sequence! 7 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “How Many Times Will We Go Over This?” by Richelle Kota (Peach Mag). 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 →