Notable Philadelphia: 8/21–8/27

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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.

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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 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 →