Notable Philadelphia: 9/4–9/10


Wednesday 9/5: Kelly Writers House kicks off their fall programming with a reading by contributors to the anthology Who Will Speak for America?. Come hear from Cynthia Arrieu-King, Cynthia Atkins, Herman Beavers, Stephanie Feldman, Airea D. Matthews, Liz Moore, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Nathaniel Popkin, Marc Anthony Richardson, Carlos José Pérez Sámano, and Fran Wilde. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Thursday 9/6: Creative at the Cannery returns with readings by local authors Sam Allingham, Elysha Chang, Christine Kendall, and Rahul Mehta, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Dock Street Cannery and Lounge.

Join Nova Ren Suma for the Philadelphia launch of her novel A Room Away from the Wolves. 7 p.m. at Head House Books.

Tire Fire returns with readings by Andrea Kleine, Anthony Moll, Edward Mullany, and Zach Blackwood. Hosts Jaime Fountaine and Mike Ingram will also be raising funds for PA Adapt, “a grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.” 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover returns with an evening of poetry featuring readings by reek bell, Ted Rees, Noor Ibn Najam, and Jeff T. Johnson. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Friday 9/7: The Wooden Shoe will host an evening of poetry readings featuring local poets Marion Bell, Quyen H. Nghiem, and Ryan Eckes. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Sunday 9/9: Accidental Player returns with readings by Paul Siegell, Laura Spagnoli, Zain Aslam, Elizabeth Scanlon, and Greg Bem. Hosted by Gina Myers. 8 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Monday 9/10: Painted Bride Quarterly presents a Bloof Books reading, featuring Catie Rosemurgy, Kirsten Kaschock, Pattie McCarthy, and Shanna Compton. Hosted by Paul Siegell. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Damocles” by Noor Ibn Najam (BOAAT, July/August 2018 Issue). 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 →