Notable Philadelphia: 3/12–3/18

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Tuesday 3/12: Alyson Del Pino and Jacob Kind, curators of the Kelly Writers House Zine Library, will host the second Zine Rave, a collective zine-making event. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Livin’ on Luck Reading Series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by C.J. McGowan, Dhami Boo, and Scott Laudati, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Wednesday 3/13: The Wooden Shoe will host a discussion on the current state of media, journalism, labor organizing, and more featuring labor journalist Kim Kelly in conversation with radio producer and writer Jen Kinney. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Blue Stoop will present Halle Butler, author of the novel The New Me, in conversation with Mike Ingram. 7 p.m. at Brickbat Books.

The One Book, One Philadelphia finale event will feature an evening of performances to celebrate and conclude the 2019 One Book Season. Performances will include poetry, storytelling, and music tied to Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. Hosted by Lorene Cary. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Kelly Writers House will host their monthly Speakeasy Open Mic Night. All genres and types of performance are welcome. 7:30 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Thursday 3/14: The Kelly Writers House will present a conversation with Tamara Jenkins, writer/director of The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills, and several award-winning short films. Hosted by Kathy DeMarco Van Cleve. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will present Rebecca Yamin, author of Archeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution, in conversation with curator Mark Turdo. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Head to Ulises for a book signing and discussion centered on the release of Faith Wilding’s Fearful Symmetries, a bricolage of memoirs and watercolors alongside critical essays and family photographs. Wilding will engage in dialogue with former student Daniel Tucker, following an introduction by artist, curator, and writer Shannon Stratton. 6:30 p.m. at Ulises.

Writers in the Round at Temenos Listening Room will present a reading by local poet Brooke Palma, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Temenos Community Retreat “Nature’s Sanctuary.”

The Wooden Shoe will host local sci-fi and action collective Metropolarity for a reading from The Amphitheater of the Dead, a lightly science-fictionalized memoir by the French thinker Guy Hocquenghem. Selections from the book will be read by translator Max Fox, followed by a discussion with Metropolarity on the uses of the future and ancestors for liberation. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Friday 3/15: Penn Book Center will host an evening of fiction featuring readings by novelists Shelly Brivic and Barbara Barrow. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Thirty West Publishing will host an evening of readings featuring Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez, Erin Moran, and Laura Bryzski, followed by an open mic. 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

The launch of Rebecca Kokitus’s debut poetry collection Seasonal Affected will also feature readings by Kaitlyn Buhrman and Dani Tauber. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Celebrate the release of Raquel Salas Rivera’s new poetry collection while they sleep (under the bed is another country), featuring readings and performances by Denice Frohman, Noor Ibn Najam, Ryan Eckes, Cynthia Dewi Oka, Frank Sherlock, Husnaa Hashim, Wes Matthews, Yolanda Wisher, Kirwyn Sutherland, Sham E-Ali Nayeem, and Raquel Salas Rivera. Music by Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, aka DJ Halfbreed. 7 p.m. at Institute of Contemporary Art. 

Saturday 3/16: Penn Book Center will host an afternoon of poetry featuring readings by Thea Brown, Jane Lewty, and Christy Davids. 2:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center. 

Monday 3/18: LIVE at the Writers House will return for the final recording of the semester of their collaboration with WXPN. This month’s program will feature readings from Penn undergrad students Chidi Nwogbaga, Torinn Fennelly, Chelsey Zhu, Carolyn Liu, and Izzy Lopez, as well as the musical stylings of Earthboy, featuring Henry McDevitt.7 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Unknown Flower reading series at the Nick Virgilio Writers House in Camden will return with an evening of poetry featuring readings by local poets Patrick Rosal and Kirwyn Sutherland. 7 p.m. at Nick Virgilio 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 “Ode to Eating a Pomegranate in Brooklyn” by Patrick Rosal (Waxwing Literary Journal, Issue V, Spring 2015). 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 →