Notable Philadelphia: 8/14–8/20


Wednesday 8/15: Wooden Shoe Books presents the launch of Conserve and Control, a new story following up Otter Lieffe’s debut novel Margins and Murmurations. The author will be reading from both novels and signing books. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Celebrate the release of Daniel DiFranco’s debut novel Panic Years at its release party. 7 p.m. at Lucky’s Last Chance – Manayunk.

Saturday 8/18: The Spiral Bookcase will host “A Witch’s Craft: An Evening of Spellbinding Poetry” featuring readings by Brittany Brown, Angelo Colavita, Victoria Mier, Lisa Marie Basile Jenn McCreary, Cody Roggio, Rebecca Kokitus, and Kailey Tedesco. 6:30 p.m. at The Spiral Bookcase. 

Sunday 8/19: Philly’s new literary arts organization Blue Stoop will host their monthly happy hour at Win Win Coffee Bar. Come stay informed of their ongoing project to open a physical literary culture center in Philadelphia. 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Head to the Pen & Pencil Club on Sunday for readings by Brooke and Anthony Palma, James Feichthaler, Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, and Robert Zell. Open mic to follow. 8 p.m. at Pen & Pencil Club.

Monday 8/20: The Dead Bards of Philadelphia will host a reading and open mic featuring Brandon Blake and Leah Jackson (AKA Lyric). Bring your best work! 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s an excerpt from Little Murders, the Laughter of Crows by Savannah Cooper-Ramsey (Dream Pop Press, Spring 2018). 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 →