Notable Philadelphia: 1/1–1/7


Wednesday 1/2: Moonstone Poetry will host an evening of readings featuring Bela Aznar and Sherrie Lawyer, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Friday 1/4: The grand opening of A Novel Idea on Passyunk will feature readings by a lineup of authors selected by Thirty West Publishing, including Scott Laudati, Kat Giordano, Erin Anastasia, and Josh Dale. Light refreshments and snacks provided. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam returns with featured poet Ashley August! Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA. 

Saturday 1/5: The Wooden Shoe will host a resistance poetry workshop and reading with Crystal Stone, featuring an exercise in blackout poetry writing. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Sunday 1/6: Voices in Power will present a poetry open mic night! Twenty-five slots available; first come, first perform. 6 p.m. at The Kingdom District.

Monday 1/7: The William Way LGBT Community Center will host a free two-hour writing workshop for queer and trans people of color. Register online by January 1. Facilitated by Briyana D. Clarel. 6:30 p.m. at William Way LGBT Community Center.

The Community Drafts open mic night will return for its first installment of 2019! Sign-ups begin at 7:30. Bring your best to share. 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 “YouTube is Recommending Empathy” by Kat Giordano (Yes Poetry, July 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 →