Notable Philadelphia: 8/21–8/27


Thursday 8/23: The Charmed Instruments series returns with poetry readings by Michelle Taransky and Natalie Lyalin. Hosted by Sean Collins and Christy Davids. 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage.

Elephant Room Productions will host “Slam Poets to End Sexual Violence,” a slam poetry showcase and fundraiser for Women Organized Against Rape. 7:30 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 8/24: Simone John will read from her debut full-length poetry collection Testify, which experiments with documentary poetics to uplift stories of black people impacted by state-sanctioned violence. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Saturday 8/25: Head to Amalgam Comics for “Reclaiming the Headlines: A Storytelling Workshop.” Led by storyteller Jos Duncan, the three-hour workshop will use writing prompts and interactive exercises to inspire participants to create stories about living in Philadelphia. Free with RSVP. 10 a.m. at Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse.

Sunday 8/26: The 2018 season of Performances in Public Spaces presents “Warrior Writers of the Culture Trust”, a series of poetry readings by local veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. 3 p.m. at Burholme Park.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s three poems by Natalie Lyalin (Powder Keg Magazine, Issue Five). 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 →