Notable Philadelphia: 4/16–4/22

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Tuesday 4/16: The Rosenbach will host a reading by poet Marie Howe. 5:30 p.m. at The Rosenbach.

The Brave Testimony series, which celebrates poetry of Africa and the African diaspora, will present featured poet Chris Abani. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Wednesday 4/17: Kelly Writers House will hostPoetry Is for Breathing,” a reading against Islamophobia. Featuring Aditya Bahl, Husnaa Hashim, Fatemah Shams, and more. 12 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Free Library will host a reading by M. Nzadi Keita, author of Brief Evidence of Heaven: Poems from the Life of Anna Murray Douglass. 6 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia – Wynnefield Branch.

The Friends Select School will present Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s so Gard for People to Talk about Racism, in conversation with Jack Hill. 6 p.m. at Race Street Meetinghouse.

Moonstone Poetry will host an evening of readings featuring Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Ditta Baron Hoeber, and Louisa Schnaithmann, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Hatchery Series will present a takeover by Barrelhouse featuring readings by Nicole Steinberg, p. e. garcia, Berry Grass, and Jaime Fountaine. 7:30 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

Penn Book Center will host an evening of readings from Tony Hoagland’s The Art of Voice: Poetic Principles and Practice, featuring Kay Cosgrove, Kenneth Hart, and Eleanor Wilner. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Philly Socialists will present an evening with Max Elbaum, author of Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Levin, Mao, and Che. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books will welcome Glory Van Scott, author of Glory: A Life Among Legends. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books. 

Thursday 4/18: DoubleSpeak Magazine will host a conversation with writer, translator, and Executive Director of Asian Arts Initiative Anne Ishii. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will host a conversation between Bill Fletcher and Andrew Lamas about racial identity and labor’s struggle for equality. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Friday 4/19: Thirty West Publishing will present an evening of readings featuring Philip Dykhouse, Adam Tedesco, and Todd Dillard, followed by an open mic. 6:30 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Shakespeare & Co. will host Sarah Blake, author of the new novel Naamah, in conversation with Madeline Miller. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

The Hopscotch Translation Series will present Philip Boehm, translator of Christine Wunnicke’s The Fox and Dr. Shimamura, in conversation with Vincent Kling. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books will welcome author and retired news anchor Lisa Thomas-Laury for a book talk and signing of On Camera and Off: When the News is Good and When It’s Not. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books.

Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party will host the latest edition of their “Freedom Fridays” showcase, featuring performances by Jaylene Clark-Owens, Enoch the Poet, and Husnaa Hashim, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Inspire Art Space. 

Saturday 4/20: Hiding Place Books will present an evening of poetry featuring Jasmine Gibson, Uyen Hua, Lauren Renata Martin, Oki Sogumi, and Wendy Trevino. 7 p.m. at Hiding Place Books.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a reading by Elayna Mae Darcy, author of Unraveling Light, alongside local poets Connor Peterson and Jay Atlas. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse will host a reading and book signing with Andrew Katz, author of The Vampire Gideon’s Suicide Hotline and Halfway House for Orphaned Girls! 1 p.m. at Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books will welcome E. Patrick Johnson, author of Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. 2 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books.

Sunday 4/21: The Paul Robeson House will host “An Artist Must Take Sides: Politics and Poetics” with invited guests Jasmine Gibson, Uyen Hua, Lauren Renata Martin, Oki Sogumi, and Wendy Trevino. 3 p.m. at Paul Robeson House.

Monday 4/22: Penn Book Center will host “The Site of Memory,” a reading by the students of Kathryn Watterson’s graduate nonfiction workshop, which delved into the intricacies of memory, examining their reliability and considering how they shape and inform us. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “On the Problem of Womanhood” by Louisa Schnaithmann (Rogue Agent Journal, Issue 49). 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 →