Notable Philadelphia: 2/5–2/11

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Tuesday 2/5: Penn Book Center will present Helen Zia, author of Last Boat Out of Shanghai: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Fled Mao’s Revolution, in conversation with Tiffany Chang Lawson. 5:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center. 

Wednesday 2/6: The Institute of Contemporary Art will host a conversation between artist, poet, filmmaker, and activist Cecilia Vicuña, in conjunction with her exhibition “About to Happen,” and Temple University professor Jena Osman. 6 p.m. at Institute of Contemporary Art.

Moonstone Poetry will present a special student/teacher poetry reading celebrating Black History Month. The evening will feature readings by Dr. Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon and Edythe Rodriguez, with an open mic to follow. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 2/7: Penn Book Center will host a poetry reading and discussion with Cecilia Vicuña and Laynie Browne, featuring a screening of Vicuña’s short film What is Poetry to You?. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Friday 2/8: The fifth installment of the Hopscotch Translation Series will feature a discussion of Modern Greek literature and translation with Karen Emmerich and Jacob Moe. Moderated by Mika Tsekoura. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Saturday 2/9: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Nicole Taylor, author of A Joyful Pause: 52 Ways to Love Life. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Monday 2/11: Painted Bride Quarterly will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, Jane Satterfield, Ryan Wilson, and Ned Balbo. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “A Bird Looks at Itself” by Laynie Browne (Yes Poetry, March 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 →