Notable Philadelphia: 2/26–3/4

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Tuesday 2/26: Kelly Writers House will host a reading by local clinical research professional and poet Kirwyn Sutherland, whose chapbook is forthcoming from Thread Makes Blanket Press. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Blue Stoop will present Sophia Shalmiyev, author of the debut memoir Mother Winter, in conversation with Alina Pleskova. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Free Library of Philadelphia will host readings by Sigrid Nunez, author of The Friend, and Keith Gessen, author of All the Sad Young Literary Men. 7:30 p.m. at The Free Library of Philadelphia.

Wednesday 2/27: Camae Ayewa aka Moor Mother will premiere a new poem commissioned by the Arthur Ross Gallery in honor of Marian Anderson, the celebrated Philadelphia-native classical singer. 6 p.m. at Arthur Ross Gallery.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Simone Allender and Deborah Turner, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Alina Macneal and Jennifer Hook. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub. 

Thursday 2/28: Shakespeare & Co. will host a public discussion of One Book One Philadelphia selection Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

Just across the bridge at the Nick Virgilio Writers House in Camden, the Unknown Flower poetry series will present readings by Gregory Pardlo and Cynthia Dewi Oka, followed by an open mic! 7 p.m. at Nick Virgilio Writers House.

The second installment of the Lo nuestro series, “Lo nuestro es ternura” will feature readings by Ngozi Magena, Sojourner Ahébée, Grace Shuyi Liew, and featured poet Jasmine Combs. Hosted by Christopher KP Brown and Raquel Salas Rivera. 7 p.m. at South Philly Barbacoa.

The Tire Fire series returns with readings by Lauren Wilkinson, Sherrie Flick, celeste doaks, and Tafisha A. Edwards. The event will double as a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Painted Bride Quarterly will host “PBQ Slam,” an evening of improv writing! 7:30 p.m. at Pen & Pencil Club.

Penn Book Center will present Jonny Thakkar, author of Plato as Critical Theorist, in conversation with Susan Sauvé Meyer. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Friday 3/1: Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover returns with an evening of poetry featuring readings by Chris Nealon, Elias Rodriquez, and Kyle Dacuyan. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

The Philly Pigeon will host a poetry slam featuring Julian Randall, queer black poet and author of Refuse. Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

Saturday 3/2: The Paul Robeson House will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Jasmine Gibson, author of Don’t Let Them See Me Like This, and Reek Bell. 3 p.m. at Paul Robeson House.

The Hugely Popular series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Michael Gottlieb, Buck Downs, and Meg Ronan. 7 p.m. at Brickbat Books.

Monday 3/4: Bring your best to share at the March edition of “Community Drafts,” a monthly open mic night hosted by Misty Rosso! 8 p.m. at Lucky 13 Pub.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Exhaustion a Symtom of Surviving” by Reek Bell (Queen Mob’s Teahouse, 2016). 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 →