Notable Philadelphia: 6/4–6/10


Tuesday 6/4: The Write Nite series returns with a collaborative workshop centered on epistolary fiction. Led by Maryan Nagy Captan. $8-10 sliding scale. 6:30 p.m. at The Head & the Hand.

The Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Reading Series will present a Middle Eastern poetry reading featuring Ahmad Almallah, Huda J. Fakhreddine, and Dr. Fatemah Shams. The reading will be broadcast live on PhillyCAM. Hosted by Charles S. Carr. 6:30 p.m. at 699 Ranstead Street.

Thursday 6/6: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the June edition of their monthly community writing group, a meetup for local writers to discuss writing and get feedback on their work. Hosted by Christina Rosso-Schneider. $5-15 sliding scale at the door. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The latest Crawl Out Thursday at the Penn Museum will be co-hosted by YallaPunk, a Philadelphia-based cultural arts organization that is redefining the narrative for Southwest Asian North African individuals through the arts. The evening will feature performances by Andrea Abi-Karam, Maryan Nagy Captan, Becca Khalil, Roger Mgrdichian, and Julius Masri, as well as DJ Rana Ransom. 6 p.m. at Penn Museum.

Head House Books will host a reading by Diane Dewey, author of Fixing the Fates: An Adoptee’s Story of Truth and Lies. 7:30 p.m. at Head House Books.

Saturday 6/8: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host part one of a weekend with Glassworks Magazine, featuring a publishing panel and Q&A led by Glassworks Editor-in-Chief Katie Budris. 11:30 a.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover poetry series will return with readings by Taylor Johnson, Gabriel Ojeda-Sagué, and Jason Zuzga. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading by Patsie McCandless, author of Becoming Jesse: Celebrating the Everyday Magic of Childhood. 1 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Sunday 6/9: The second part of Glassworks Magazine weekend at A Novel Idea will feature a flash fiction workshop led by Glassworks staff. $15-20 sliding scale, pre-registration preferred. 1 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. 

Monday 6/10: The Free Library’s Song-Poems series will return with a series of poetry-inspired short-form compositions and textural improvisations by Magnetic Bells. 6 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Painted Bride Quarterly will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Elias Rodriques, Yumi Shiroma, Emma Brown Sanders, and Louisa Schnaithmann. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Hoover Dam” by Jason Zuzga (The Awl, 2016). 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 →