Notable Philadelphia: 11/13–11/19


Tuesday 11/13: Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party will host their weekly open mic night, with a featured poet to be announced. 7 p.m. at APoetArtGallery.

You Can’t Kill a Poet will return with an evening of readings by queer and/or trans poets and writers! Featured readers this month are Briyana D. Clarel, Dani Petrascu, Sunday Mourning, JuJu Bey, Quinn Rodriguez, Virgo Angel, and Ari Temple. 7:30 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Charmed Instruments series will present poetry readings by Jennifer Scappettone and Frank Sherlock. 7:30 p.m. at L’Etage. 

Wednesday 11/14: Penn Book Center will host the book launch event for Charles Bernstein’s new poetry collection Near/Miss. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Philly Poetry Workshop at A-Space will open with a writing exercise from 7–7:30 p.m., with a critique/discussion of poems to follow. 7 p.m. at A-Space Community Center.

Tattooed Mom will host a reading and fundraiser for A Novel Idea, a new independent bookstore coming to East Passyunk! Featuring readings by Nicholas Perilli, Christina Rosso-Schneider, Britny Brooks, Amy Saul-Zerby, Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez, Angelo Colavita, Josh Dale, Amanda Miska, Tshombe Herbert, and Nazeer L. Harper. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Hatchery reading series returns with a takeover by Backyard Writers, featuring readings by D. Laninga, Katherine D. Stutzman, and Adam Hofbauer. 7 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

Thursday 11/15: The Tire Fire series will present an evening of readings featuring Jeff Jackson, Nicole Steinberg, Niela Orr, and Tyrese Coleman. The reading will double as a fundraiser for the Trans Equity Project, who “seek to co-power trans identified individuals and gender minorities through peer-based counseling and mentoring, education, advocacy, and community activism, employing sex positive and harm-reduction strategies.” 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 11/16: Thirty West Publishing will present an evening of readings featuring Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, Brooke Palma, Larry Narron, and Cynthia Jones. 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

The November installment of Disruption, a poetry reading and open mic at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, will feature poetry by Rienne Jahnai, Jacob Winterstein, Evita Colon, and Lyrispect, along with dance and vocal performance by Kingsley Ibeneche. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 general admission. Free for AAMP members. 7 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Saturday 11/17: The Accidental Player reading series returns with poetry readings by Shira Dentz, Suro Kim, and Geoffrey Babbitt. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Join writer, activist, DJ, and community college professor Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela for a live performance with producer Josh Hey, Koofreh Umoren on trumpet, and Dan Nosheny on tuba, to celebrate the release of Johnson-Valenzuela’s new album No Otro Lado. 7 p.m. at Institute of Contemporary Art.

Sunday 11/18: Penn Book Center will host an evening of poetry and prose featuring readings by Diana Khoi Nguyen, Steven Kleinman, and Jessamine Chan. 4 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Random Name Poetry Series will present readings by Andrew Dieck, Elias Rodriques, and Paul Siegell! Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

Monday 11/19: Dead Bards Poetry will present an evening of poetry with featured readers Sean Hanrahan and Veronica O Bowlan, followed by an open mic. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Nicole Steinberg (Cosmonauts Avenue, October 2018). 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 →