Notable Philadelphia: 10/9–10/15


Tuesday 10/9: Penn Book Center will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Eileen Myles and Renee Gladman, with introductions by Laynie Browne and Frank Sherlock. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Livin’ On Luck poetry series will host a reading featuring Sean Hanrahan, Chris Kaiser, and Aaren Perry, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Wednesday 10/10: Dead Bards Poetry will present readings by Sherrie Lawyer and Sean Lynch, followed by an open mic. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Center.

Liliana Velásquez will read from her memoir Dreams and Nightmares: I Fled Alone to the United States When I Was Fourteen. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Bring your best to share at Kelly Writers House for their student-run “speakeasy” open mic night. 7:30 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Thursday 10/11: Kelly Writers House welcomes back Nate Chinen, who will discuss his new book Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century. Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis and RealArts. 5 p.m. at Kelly Writers House. 

Saturday 10/13: Artsi, in collaboration with Ashley Davis and Shanel Edwards, presents “In this World Black Queer Womxn and Femmes Fly”, an evening of poetry, dance, and community featuring performances by black queer womxn and femmes. Limited space available, RSVP online to attend. 8 p.m. at 1316 S 9th Street.

Monday 10/15: Blue Stoop and Penn Book Center will host Lisa Locascio, author of the novel Open Me, in conversation with Stephanie Feldman! 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “The Sodomite is Dead!” by Sean Lynch (Cacti Fur, December 2016). 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 →