Notable Philadelphia: 6/11–6/17

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Tuesday 6/11: Empty Set Press will present a reading celebrating the return of Maryan Nagy Captan to Philadelphia! Maryan will read alongside local poets Kirwyn Sutherland, Alexa Smith, Brittanie Sterner, and Tim Lynch. Hosted by Angelo Colavita. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Livin’ on Luck Poetry Series will present readings by Brandon Blake, Leah “Lyric” Jackson, and Rick Mullin, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Wednesday 6/12: Fleisher Art Memorial will host a dynamic and musical 12×12 featuring local poet, musician, and DJ Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela. 7 p.m. at Fleisher Art Memorial.

Head House Books will host a reading by Jennifer Weiner, author of Mrs. Everything. 1 p.m. at Head House Books.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will host a book talk and signing with Khadijah White, author of The Branding of Right-Wing Activism: The News Media and the Tea Party. 6 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Wooden Shoe Books & Records will present a book discussion with Benjamin Dangl, author of The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Thursday 6/13: Blue Stoop will present Megan Volpert, author of the poetry and essay collection Boss Broad, in conversation with Erin Dorney. 6:30 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

The Writers in the Round series will present a reading by James Feichthaler, poet and host of the Dead Bards of Philadelphia series. 7 p.m. at Temenos Community Retreat.

The Readings for Writers series will host a reading and discussion of world building in poetry with J.C. Todd and Nancy Mitchell. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

The Ars Poetica series at the Da Vinci Art Alliance will present “Poets on Whitman,” a reading and discussion of the importance of Walt Whitman’s work, featuring Jim Cory and M. Nzadi Keita. 7 p.m. at Da Vinci Art Alliance.

The Free Library will present Mark Kram Jr., author of Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier, in conversation with Steve Ross. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Saturday 6/15: Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will host a book talk and signing with Jawara Griffin, author of Homeboy. 2 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Barnes and Noble will host a reading and book signing with Rachel DeWoskin, author of the new feminist novel Banshee. 3 p.m. at Barnes and Noble Rittenhouse.

Sunday 6/16: The Rosenbach will host their annual Bloomsday celebration, featuring a day-long reading of Ulysses, along with local food trucks, a beer garden, and free admission to the Rosenbach. 11 a.m. at The Rosenbach.

Moonstone Poetry’s “New Voices” series, which features emerging poets living in Philadelphia, will return with readings by Christopher Pendleton, Mariah Rose, and Luvonda Fuller, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Krisann Janowitz. 5 p.m. at The Proscenium Theater at the Drake.

The Blue Stoop Happy Hour series will return to Win Win Coffee Bar! Come celebrate summer, talk writing woes, get connected, and hear updates on Blue Stoop’s ongoing projects. 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “The Cuttlefish” by Maryan Nagy Captan (Foundry Journal, March 2019). 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 →