Notable Philadelphia: 1/29–2/4


Tuesday 1/29: The Random Name Poetry Series will present readings by CAConrad and June Gehringer! Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise. 

Wednesday 1/30: The Whenever We Feel Like It Series will present a poetry reading by Meg Day featuring student opener Lauren Drake! Hosted by Michelle Taransky. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The All but True Series, hosted by the Working Writers Group, will present readings by Anjali Mitter Duva and Janet Mason! 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

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. 7:30 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 1/31: The Community College of Philadelphia will host a reading and Q&A with Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Wes Matthews and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera! 1 p.m. at Community College of Philadelphia.

The fourth installment of the Hopscotch Translation Series will feature a poetry reading and discussion with Raquel Salas Rivera and Urayoán Noel. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Pen & Pencil Club will host PBQ Slam, an improv writing game with Painted Bride Quarterly! 7:30 p.m. at Pen & Pencil Club.

The Temple University Creative Writing MFA will host a reading by poet, essayist, and art critic Roberto Tejada! 5:30 p.m. at Temple Contemporary.

Friday 2/1: One Book One Philadelphia will host “Create, Unburied, Create”, a family arts workshop inspired by Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing. 5 p.m. at Church of the Holy Trinity.

The Philly Pigeon will host a poetry slam featuring Venessa Marco! Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

Saturday 2/2: Celebrate the release of Anne-Adele Wight’s new collection An Internet of Containment, with readings by Steve Burns, Laura Spagnoli, and Anne-Adele Wight! 2 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant.

Celebrate the release of Jeffrey S. Markovitz’s second novel, Permanent for Now! 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Hugely Popular Reading Series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Marion Bell and Hailey Higdon! 7 p.m. at Brickbat Books.

Sunday 2/3: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a release party for Philadelphia Big 5 by M. Earl Smith! Featuring a reading and book signing by the author. 3 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Monday 2/4: The Kelly Writers House will present a reading by Nathan Long! Hosted by Karen Rile. 12 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Bring your best to share at the February edition of the “Community Drafts” open mic series! Hosted by Misty Rosso-Schneider. 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 “Glitter in my Wounds” by CAConrad (Poetry, November 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 →