Notable Philadelphia: 3/19–3/25

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Tuesday 3/19: The Moore Poetry Series will host a celebration of Nicole Steinberg’s collection Fat Dreams, featuring readings by Steinberg and featured Moore student reader Ari Flynn. 6 p.m. at The Galleries at Moore.

Kelly Writers House will host “Your Language My Ear”, a bilingual reading of translations of contemporary poetry from Russian into English and vice versa! Featuring readings by Russian poets Dmitri Kuzmin, Elena Mikhailik, Galina Rymbu, and Leonid Schwab. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will present George Estreich, author of Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves, in conversation with Josh Lukin. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Celebrate the release of Master Din’s Sinister Sextet Grim and Grave Admonitions for Mischievous and Overly Curious Children by Susurrus Din, featuring illustrations by Paul Romano, Jeremy Hush, and Dylan Garret-Smith. The celebration will feature readings by Angelo Colavita, Kailey Tedesco, and Chris McCreary. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Wednesday 3/20: The Hopscotch Translation Series will present Frankétienne, author of the novel Dézafi, in conversation with Asselin Charles and special guest A. Veronique Charles. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Blue Stoop will present T Kira Madden, author of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, in conversation with Emma Copley Eisenberg. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

The Hatchery series will return with an evening of readings featuring writers from the Swarthmore College’s “Friends, Peace, and Sanctuary Project”, which “brings book artists to conduct workshops with resettled Syrians and Iraqis living in Philadelphia […] exploring art’s capacity to build empathy and create a deeper sense of belonging.” Featured readers will be Layla Al-Hussein, Ali Salman, Osama Herkal, and Fouad Sakhnini. 7:30 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

Thursday 3/21: City Planning Poetics 7: Carceral Justice will feature a discussion with poet, teacher, and anti-prison activist Emily Abendroth and Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and Coordinator of the Program in Black Studies at Swarthmore College Nina Johnson. Hosted by Davy Knittle. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Tattooed Mom will host a curated celebration of World Poetry Day, featuring a few of T-Mom’s favorite local poets, as well as poets of those writers’ choice. Featuring readings by Raquel Salas Rivera, Shanel Edwards, Boston Gordon, Quinn Rodriguez, Kirwyn Sutherland, Sojourner Ahebee, Gina Myers, and Zach Blackwood. Hosted by Jaime Fountaine. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

A-Space will host a free poetry workshop 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.

Creative at the Cannery will present an evening of prose readings featuring Lori Tharps, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Tom McAllister, and Andi Cantor, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Dock Street Cannery and Lounge. 

Friday 3/22: Brickbat Books will host the release party for The New American Novel by Erik Bader of West Jersey Books. 7 p.m. at Brickbat Books.

Saturday 3/23: Philadelphia Science Fiction Strangeness (an unconventional convention) will feature live music, a science fiction themed art show, a kids’ zine workshop, RPGs hosted by Red Cap’s Corner, science fiction readings from Metropolarity, Amalgam Comics, afrofuturism from Community Futures Lab, face painting, vendors, and more. 3:30 p.m. at Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening of poetry with Kailey Tedesco in celebration of her new collection Lizzie, Speak. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and a Q&A and book signing will follow the reading. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Ghosts” by Sojourner Ahebee (Muzzle, December 2017). 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 →