Notable Philadelphia: 4/30–5/6

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Tuesday 4/30: The Kelly Writers House will host their second annual zine fest! 4 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Wednesday 5/1: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Octavia McBride-Ahebee and Anthony Palma, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will welcome Damon Young, author of What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Penn Book Center will host an evening of poetry and prose inspired by the work of award-winning Philadelphia photographer Jeffrey Stockbridge. Jeffrey will discuss his book Kensington Blues, and will be joined by Melissa Jensen’s University of Pennsylvania creative writing students, who’ll read poetry and prose inspired by Jeffrey’s project. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Thursday 5/2: The Hopscotch Translation Series will present the launch of DoubleSpeak Magazine’s Poetry in Translation Issue, featuring readings of poems from around the world. 4 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Penn Book Center will present Nick Thorkelson, author of the graphic biography Herbert Marcuse, Philosopher of Utopia. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Free Library will host an evening of readings by Susan Choi, author of Trust Exercise, and Myla Goldberg, author of Feast Your Eyes. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will present Saidiya Hartman, author of Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments, in conversation with Darnell Moore. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. 

Friday 5/3: The Head & the Hand will host the soft opening of their new bookstore in Kensington! 12 p.m. at 2644 Coral Street.

Penn Book Center will host a reading and discussion with Damon Krukowski, author of Ways of Hearing. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam will present their grand slam finals, featuring the top ten poets from the 2018/19 season in competition to be crowned Philadelphia’s Grand Slam Champion. 8:30 p.m. at PhilaMOCA. 

Sunday 5/5: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Tina Barr and Elaine Terranova, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Larry Robin. 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Sam Haine, who will be reading Hainesville flash fiction and yarns from his upcoming lo-fi spoken word album Natural City. There will also be a limited open mic window for anyone interested in sharing their weirdest piece of poetry or flash fiction. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. 

Monday 5/6: Bring your best to share at the May edition of “Community Drafts”, a monthly open mic night hosted by Christina Rosso-Schneider. 8 p.m. at Lucky 13 Pub.

The Wilma Theater will host an open mic in response to the themes of their current production of Dionysus Was Such a Nice Man. Hosted by Jaylene Clark Owens, and featuring poet Talia Mingey. 7 p.m. at The Wilma Theater.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Octavia McBride-Ahebee (Rigorous Magazine, Volume One, Issue 1). 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 →