Notable Philadelphia: 10/30–11/5


Tuesday 10/30: Penn Book Center will host a presentation and discussion with Arjun Singh Sethi, editor of American Hate: Survivors Speak Out. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Kelly Writers House will host a poetry reading by Norbert Lange. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Wednesday 10/31: Apiary Magazine will present another edition of their “Hive Night” reading and open mic series! Featuring readings by Sekai’afua Zankel, Nicole Steinberg, and Mike O’Hara. 6:30 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 11/1: The Free Library will host a reading by Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy: An American Memoir. 5:45 p.m. at Philadelphia Library-Kingsessing.

Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with five contributors to They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing. Featuring Susan Lewis, Katt Lissard, Quintan Ana Wikswo, Erin J. Mullikin, and Ethel Rackin. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Head to the Wooden Shoe for a show and reading featuring performances by Katie Haegele, Dame Darcy, and Gravey Train. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

The University of the Arts Visiting Writers Series will present a poetry reading by Roger Reeves, author of King Me. 7 p.m. at University of the Arts – Connelly Auditorium, Terra Hall.

Friday 11/2: Empty Set Press presents the launch of Faye Chevalier’s new chapbook Futur.txt, also featuring readings by Mikey Franz, Heather Dooley, and June Gehringer. 7 p.m. at The Convent Philly.

Asian Arts Initiative will host “The Living Deal: API Poets on Loss, Labor, and Love,” featuring Wendy Xu, Faisal Mohyuddin, Raena Shirali, Ahmad Almallah, and Cynthia Dewi Oka. 7 p.m. at Asian Arts Initiative.

The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam returns with featured poet Yolanda Wisher. Come perform, watch or judge! Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA. 

Monday 11/5: Bring your best to share at the November edition of “Community Drafts,” a monthly open mic night hosted by Misty Rosso. 8 p.m. at Lucky 13 Pub.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Erin J. Mullikin (Ghost Ocean, 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 →