Notable Philadelphia: 12/4–12/10


Wednesday 12/5: The Kelly Writers House will host “Witches Against Housework,” a reading by students in Laynie Browne’s Advanced Poetry Workshop, featuring Rodney Dailey, Navya Dasari, Omar Khoury, Weslee Sixkiller, and Carlos Price-Sanchez. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with Andrew R. Murphy, author of William Penn: A Life. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

“Democracy and Literature: A Conversation about Why Books Matter” will feature Solmaz Sharif and Erika L. Sanchez. 7 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden Digital Commons.

Moonstone Poetry will present an evening of readings featuring Lamont Steptoe, Aaren Perry, and Don Riggs, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub. 

Thursday 12/6: Penn Book Center and the Center for Africana Students at the University of Pennsylvania will present the third reading in their Hopscotch Translation Series! Featuring Zahra Patterson, author of Chronology, in discussion with Steve Vásquez Dolph. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Big Blue Marble will host a reading by the Fall 2018 Novel Workshop class in the Rosemont College MFA program! Featuring readings by Sarah Dinetz, Kimberly Grandy, Maddy Lemaire, Carlos Jose Perez Samano, Max Wasserman, and Megan Yates. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. 

Friday 12/7: The Rutgers-Camden Writers House will host a craft talk and salon led by Jayson P. Smith. 3 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden Writers House.

The Rutgers-Camden MFA program will host its final reading of the year, headlined by Jayson P. Smith! The lineup will also feature readings by John Mark Brown, Zach Kennedy-Lopez, and Marie Scarles. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

The Philly Pigeon will welcome Gabriel Ramirez, a Queer Afro-Latinx poet, activist, and teaching artist, as its featured poet in this month’s poetry slam! 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

Saturday 12/8: Fleischer Art Memorial, in conjunction with Handmade, will present the Philly Small Press Faire, featuring comics, zines, and screenprints by local artists and small presses. 11 a.m. at Fleischer Art Memorial.

Blue Stoop and the Penn Book Center will present a reading and discussion with Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author of the short story collection White Dancing Elephants. 3 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Sunday 12/9: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the book launch for You Are Not Your Rape, an anthology from Rhythm & Bones Press. p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Monday 12/10: Interfaith Philadelphia will present a poetry reading and discussion featuring Husnaa Hashim, Cathleen Cohen, Chelsea Jackson-Loesch, and Yolanda Wisher. The reading will be followed by an open mic focused on identity, faith, and social justice. 7 p.m. at The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

Painted Bride Quarterly will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Ethel Rackin, Debrah Morkun, Vasiliki Katsarou, and Fayyaz Vellani! 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 “Are We the Lost Bodies or Behind the Gun?” by Marie Scarles (Yes Poetry, March 2017). 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 →