Notable Philadelphia: 2/12–2/18

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Tuesday 2/12: You Can’t Kill a Poet will return for its first reading of 2019! Featured readers include Fiorella Flowers, Maggie Mueller, Haidabo, Prakash Mishra, Quinn Rodriguez, Sarah Barasch, and Levi Bentley. Hosted by Boston Gordon. 7:30 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Anne Carson will be reading just outside the city at Haverford College for “Sometimes It’s Necessary to State the Obvious.” 7:30 p.m. at Haverford College.

Wednesday 2/13: The Philadelphia Stories Winter Issue Launch Party and Art Opening will feature readings by contributors, as well as original artwork from the issue. 5:30 p.m. at Philadelphia City Institute Free Library.

Kelly Writers House will host a reading by Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will present Feminista Jones, author of Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets, in conversation with Tanji Gilliam. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden will host an evening with novelist and film and television writer-producer Joe Gangemi. 4 p.m. at Rutgers University-Camden.

Saturday 2/16: Penn Book Center will host an afternoon of poetry featuring readings by Ryan Eckes, Alexis Almeida, and Marwa Helal. 2:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Blue Stoop will host the second edition of their Debut Drinks series, featuring readings by debut authors Blythe Roberson, Dana Czapnik, Blair Hurley, and Thea Lim. 6 p.m. at Pen & Pencil Club.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening of performances by local poets, featuring readings by Alina Pleskova, Berry Grass, Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez, and Cynthia Arrieu-King. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. 

Sunday 2/17: Eleanor Wilner and Megan Gillespie will host a tribute to the life and work of Tony Hoagland, featuring readings from Tony’s work by Marie Howe, Mark Halliday, Eleanor Wilner, Daisy Fried, Catherine Staples, and Gregory Djanikian, among others. Kay Cosgrove, co-author of Tony’s posthumously forthcoming book The Art of Voice, will speak about the book and announce events surrounding its release this March. Reception to follow the readings. RSVP to [email protected] 4 p.m. at International House Philadelphia.

Blue Stoop’s February Happy Hour will feature a discussion of “One Book One Philadelphia” selection Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the launch party for Ocean Plastic by Orchid Tierney! The launch will feature readings by Maya Arthur, Angelo Colavita, Kenning JP Garcia, and Orchid Tierney. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Monday 2/18: Kelly Writers House will host an evening of readings featuring Trisha Low and Stephen McLaughlin. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “den den” by Orchid Tierney (BathHouse Journal, Issue 16). Enjoy!

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Amy Saul-Zerby is a Philadelphia-based poet. She is Editor-in-Chief of Voicemail Poems, Communications Manager at Apiary Magazine, and a contributing writer at Fields Magazine. Her first collection Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds was published by Be About It Press in 2017. More from this author →