Notable Philadelphia: 2/19–2/25

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Tuesday 2/19: The debut of Moore’s monthly poetry series will feature the launch of The People’s Poetry Audio Tour! Featuring readings by Kai Davis, Moore student Destiny Garner, and others. 6 p.m. at The Galleries at Moore.

Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party will host a poetry open mic featuring performances by Kirwyn Sutherland and Sojourner Ahebee! Hosted by Jovan McKoy. 7 p.m. at APoetArtGallery.

Penn Book Center will present Marquis Bey, author of The Goon Rules: Fugitive Essays on Radical Black Feminism, in conversation with Destiny Crockett. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Blue Stoop will present Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, author of Sounds Like Titanic: A Memoir, in conversation with Paul Lisicky. 7:30 p.m. at Head House Books.

The Dead Bards Poetry Series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Lamont Steptoe, Toni Love, and Elijah Pryor, followed by an open mic! 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

Wednesday 2/20: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Michele Belluomini and Ditta Baron Hoeber, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Larry Robin. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Penn Book Center will host a reading in Spanish by Milagros Alameda-Irizarry, author of La Novela de Vibia P. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Thursday 2/21: Blue Stoop will present Esmé Weijun Wang, author of The Collected Schizophrenias, in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Accidental Player series will return with poetry readings by Brian Teare, June Gehringer, S. Brook Corfman, and Laura Kochman. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Friday 2/22: In conjunction with “Colored People Time: Mundane Futures,” ICA curator Meg Onli will be in conversation with Professor Saidiya Hartman on the occasion of the release of her volume, Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Social Upheaval. 6:30 p.m. at Annenberg School for Communication.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Andrew Katz, author of The Vampire Gideon’s Suicide Hotline and Halfway House for Orphaned Girls. 6:30 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Rutgers-Camden MFA will present a reading by local poet Raena Shirali as well as readings by their MFA candidates. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Arcadia University will host a reading and craft talk by Kailey Tedesco, author of the new poetry collection Lizzie, Speak! 7 p.m. at Arcadia University. 

Saturday 2/23: Hiding Place Books will host a celebration of Ugly Duckling Presse’s 25th anniversary, featuring readings by UDP authors Diana Hamilton, Saretta Morgan, Ed Steck, Vi Khi Nao, Natalie Lyalin, Josef Kaplan, Jena Osman, Rob Fitterman, Mónica de la Torre, Kevin Platt, Sandra Liu, Lawrence Giffin, Asiya Wadud, Kevin Varrone, and Holly Melgard. 7 p.m. at Hiding Place Books.

The revolutionary group The Last Poets are embarking on a national tour, the kickoff event of which will be in Philadelphia at The People’s Sanctuary! Join them, along with Sonia Sanchez and Ursula Rucker, for an afternoon of spoken word and discussion. 3 p.m. at The People’s Sanctuary.

Sunday 2/24: Moonstone Poetry will present the Featured Poets Anthology Book Release and Poetry Reading, featuring readings by poets who were featured at Moonstone readings in 2018! 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

N1Theatre and iMPeRFeCT Gallery will present “And Your Very Flesh Will Be a Great Poem”, a poetry-based theatre piece created by Bob Holman, featuring Douglas G. Cala, Lila Dlaboha, Olivia Pierce, Eduardo Andres Rios Pulgar, Jeremy Tenenbaum, and Anton Yakovlev. 3 p.m. at N1 Theatre. 

Monday 2/25: Penn Book Center will present AK Thompson, author of Premonitions: Selected Essays on the Culture of Revolt, in conversation with George Ciccariello-Maher. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

To explore the themes of raised in Jesmyn Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied, Sing, a group of formerly incarcerated writers and members of the People’s Paper Co-op and a musical guest TOYZ will share original work for a recording of the WXPN/Kelly Writers House Collaboration “LIVE at the Writers House.” Featuring Faith Bartley, Mary Baxter, Latyra Blake, and TOYZ. 7 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

New Voices: Philadelphia Emerging Poets Under 25 will present readings by Dagmawe Berhanu, Wilquan Dorsey, and Taylar Enlow. Hosted by Krisann Janowitz. 6 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia – South Philly Branch.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Chrysalis Sweat / Burial Ground” by Kailey Tedesco (Boston Accent Lit, June 2018). 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 →