Notable Philadelphia: 4/9–4/15


Tuesday 4/9: The “Breaking Through” series, which features poets on the verge of publishing their first collections, will present readings by A.H. Jerriod Avant and Adjua Greaves. Hosted by Simone White. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Andrew Katz will read from his debut novel The Vampire Gideon’s Suicide Hotline and Halfway House for Orphaned Girls. 7 p.m. at Arcadia University.

The Livin’ On Luck series will present readings by Glassworks Magazine staff members Tim Donaldson, Myriah Stubee, and Tim Zatzariny, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Hiding Place Books will host a reading featuring Kate Robinson Beckwith, Caleb Beckwith, and Josef Kaplan. 7:30 p.m. at Hiding Place Books.

Wednesday 4/10: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Susan Gerardi Bello and Kathleen Mulholland, followed by an open mic! Hosted by Dave Worrell. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Free Library will host a reading by Kwame Onwuachi, author of Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Thursday 4/11: Writers in the Round will present a poetry reading by Philip Dykhouse. 7 p.m. at Temenos Community Retreat.

The Wooden Shoe will host a reading by Dylan Fitzwater, author of Autonomy Is in Our Hearts: Zapatista Autonomous Government through the Lens of the Tsotsil Language. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Raquel Salas Rivera’s “Lo nuestro” reading series will present “Lo nuestro es solidaridad” (Our thing is solidarity), an evening co-hosted by Denice Frohman featuring readings by Enoch the Poet, June Gehringer, Hiwot Adilow, nic lópez, and Rasheed Copeland. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

The Tire Fire series will present an evening of readings featuring Halle Butler, Justin Sanders, K.B. Carle, and Lauren Holguin. The reading will double as a fundraiser for Prevention Point Philadelphia, a private nonprofit organization providing harm reduction services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Africana Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania will present Brave Testimony, a celebration of poetry of Africa and the African diaspora, featuring readings by Husnaa Hashim, Eva Maria Lewis, Ndeen Al-Barqaw, and Veronica Nocella. 6 p.m. at 3401 Walnut St. 

Friday 4/12: Blue Stoop will present Jennifer duBois, author of The Spectators, in conversation with Michael Deagler. 6 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

The Rutgers-Camden Emerging Writers Series will host a reading featuring local poet Kayleb Rae Candrilli, as well as students from the Rutgers-Camden MFA program. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Maura Lee Bee, a queer Latinx poet based our of New York City and the author of Peter & the Concrete Jungle. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Penn Book Center will present Yuval Taylor, author of Zora & Langston: A Story of Friendship and Betrayal, in conversation with Lorene Cary. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Saturday 4/13: The Philadelphia Poet Reading Series will return with an evening of poetry featuring Corey Qureshi, Warren Longmire, Faye Chevalier, and Cris Iacoponi. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Sunday 4/14: The Random Name Poetry Series will present readings by John Wall Barger, Tim Fitts, and David Jones. Hosted by David Hancock. 7:30 p.m. at Dahlak Paradise.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “A Seizure Is What Happens When God Enters a Human Body” by Enoch the Poet (Rigorous Mag, Volume Three, Issue 1). 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 →