Notable Philadelphia: 4/2–4/8


Tuesday 4/2: The Kelly Writers House will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Alison Cobb and Brian Teare. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party will present a poetry open mic featuring Jasmine L. Combs and Shaneka Briggs. 7 p.m. at Art Sanctuary.

The Accidental Player reading series will present Simone White, Frank Sherlock, Laura Henriksen, and John Coletti. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Wednesday 4/3: Kensington Neighborhood Library, in collaboration with Philadelphia Brewing Company and Commonwealth Ciders, will present an evening with Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work, and Keep Going. 6 p.m. at Philadelphia Brewing Company.

The Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden will host an evening with Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion. 7 p.m. at Rutgers University-Camden.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Patrick Blagrave, Fae Aspen Gehringer, and Octavia McBride-Ahebee. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub. 

Thursday 4/4: A-Space will host a free poetry workshop led by Lin Ezra, featuring a generative exercise. 7 p.m. at A-Space Community Center.

Friday 4/5: Penn Book Center will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Ilya Kaminsky, Katie Farris, Barbara Hill, and Robert Overbey. 7:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Charmed Instruments series will present a celebration of the launch of Zach Ozma’s new collection Black Dog Drinking from an Outdoor Pool. The evening will also feature readings by Cheena Marie Lo and Berry Grass. 7:30 p.m. at 824 S 8th Street.

The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam will return with featured poet Rasheed Copeland. Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine L. Combs. 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA.

Blue Stoop will present Briallen Hopper, author of the essay collection Hard to Love, in conversation with Gina Tomaine. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Saturday 4/6: Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Blanche Brown, Kyle Brown-Watson, and Steve Benson. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Sunday 4/7: Moonstone Poetry will present the release event for their new anthology Philadelphia Says: Black Lives Have Always Mattered, featuring contributor readings and hosted by Larry Robin. 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Emerging Poets series will present readings by Veronica Nocella and Katbug Stanshine, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Krisann Janowitz. 5 p.m. at Proscenium Theatre at the Drake.

Head House Books will host a book launch event for Busara Road, a new novel by local writer David Hallock Sanders. 5:30 p.m. at Head House Books.

Monday 4/8: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a release party for Tap Out, a new poetry collection by Edgar Kunz. Also featuring readings by Grady Chambers and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

As a run-up to Drexel Celebrates Whitman at 200, Painted Bride Quarterly will present a reading dedicated to Walt Whitman. Featuring readings by Leonard Gontarek and Don Riggs, followed by an open mic! 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 “Sums Interrupt” by Kyle Brown-Watson (Luna Luna Magazine, July 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 →