Notable Philadelphia: 9/18–9/24

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Tuesday 9/18: Dead Bards Poetry presents readings by Stu O’Connor and Andrew R. Weller, followed by an open mic. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

First Person Arts presents “StorySlam: On the Edge”. Come share a story or just listen! 8 p.m. at L’Etage.

Wednesday 9/19: Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with Ondjaki, author of Transparent City. 4 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The PressPlay Series returns with a reading and live podcast featuring local publishing company Empty Set Press. The evening will include an interview with head editor Angelo Colavita, readings from Empty Set authors Faye Chevalier, Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, and Chris McCreary, and an open mic to close out the evening! Hosted by Warren C. Longmire. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub. 

Thursday 9/20: Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with Keisha N. Blain, author of Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom. 5:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Nathaniel Popkin will read from his novel Everything Is Borrowed and discuss the book with Emma Eisenberg. 7 p.m. at Narberth Bookshop.

Friday 9/21: Emily Jungmin Yoon, author of the poetry collection A Cruelty Special to our Species, will read alongside local poets Nomi Stone and Raena Shirali. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Tilde, a new literary journal associated with Thirty West Publishing, will host the release party for their second issue. Lineup of readers to be announced. 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Charmed Instruments returns with a night of poetry featuring readings by Lauren Levin, Oki Sogumi, Cody-Rose Clevidence, and Jasper Avery. Reading is free and open to the public. BYOB! 7:30 p.m. at 824 S 8th Street.

Saturday 9/22: Penn Book Center will host a poetry reading and discussion with Iain Haley Pollock, author of Ghost, like a Place, and Dilruba Ahmed. 4 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Sunday 9/23: Win Win Coffee Bar will host the release of Sarah Mirk’s new graphic novel Open Earth. Featuring readings by Steve Teare, Anuj Shrestra, Hannah Kaplan, and Maki Naro. 6 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Monday 9/24: The Random Name Poetry Series returns with readings by Kyle Brown-Watson, Rodney Koeneke, and Stan Mir. Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Snake Oil, Snake Bite” by Dilruba Ahmed (Poetry, November 2013). 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 →