Notable Philadelphia: 3/5–3/11


Tuesday 3/5: Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion of Simeon Wade’s Foucault in California with the author’s brother, David Wade, in conversation with Eduardo Mendieta. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Reading Series will present a reading and discussion of Irish poetry with Nathalie Anderson and Cassie MacDonald, hosted by Charles Carr. 7 p.m. at PhillyCAM.

Wednesday 3/6: The All But True reading series will present readings by Michael Cocchiarale, author of None of the Above, and Chris Ludovici, author of The Minors. 7 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Moonstone Poetry will present an evening of readings featuring Courtney Gambrell and Sarah Jamack, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 3/7: The Hopscotch Translation Series will present a discussion of Jean Frémon’s Now, Now, Louison, between the book’s author and its translator, Cole Swensen. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Blue Stoop will present Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know, in conversation with Beth Kephart. 6:30 p.m. at Ross Commons.

Accidental Player will present readings by Anne-Adele Wight, Laura Spagnoli, Zain Aslam, and Paul Siegell. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

This month’s free poetry workshop at A-Space will be led by June Gehringer, author of the poetry collections I Love You It Looks Like Rain and I Don’t Write About Race. 7 p.m. at A-Space Community Center.

Friday 3/8: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will present Lauren Wilkinson, author of American Spy: A Novel, in conversation with Charlie J. Eskew. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Saturday 3/9: Charlie J. Eskew will read from his debut novel Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Accidental Player will present readings by Nomi Stone, Susannah Nevison, Nuar Alsadir, and Elizabeth Scanlon. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Sunday 3/10: Larry Robin of Moonstone Poetry will host “Philadelphia Says: Black Lives Have Always Mattered,” a book release and reading. 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Random Name Poetry Series will present readings by Suro Kim and Emma Brown Sanders. Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.

The Kelly Writers House will host a lunch with Madeline Miller, author of The Song of Achilles and Circe. Hosted by Avery Rome. 12 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Monday 3/11: Painted Bride Quarterly will host an improv writing game and literary readings by local writers sharing responses to “One Book One Philadelphia” selection Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Featuring readings by Jasmine Combs, Joel Dias-Porter, Le Hinton, and Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, and hosted by Paul Siegell. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub and Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Elizabeth Scanlon (Diode, Volume 11, number 2). 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 →