Notable Philadelphia: 6/18–6/24

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Tuesday 6/18: The Free Library will present a reading by Esi Edugyan, author of Washington Black. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Dead Bards Poetry Series will host a reading featuring Ernest Hilbert and Phil Dykhouse, followed by an open mic. Hosted by James Feichthaler. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

Wednesday 6/19: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Bernard Block, Charles Carr, and Alina Macneal, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Larry Robin. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 6/20: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will present Sarahlyn Bruck, author of Designer You, in conversation with Maribel Garcia, author of Profound and Perfect Things. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Tattooed Mom will host “LIVE with Artblog,” a night of performance art, stand-up comedy, and readings by Alex Smith, Candy Alexandra González, Jacob Chris Hammes, Levi Bentley, and Michael Delgado, followed by a live podcast recording of Artblog Radio with Artblog’s own Wit López speaking with Conrad Benner of Streets Dept. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Wooden Shoe will host an evening with Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore, editors of Working-Class Heroes: A History of Struggle in Song. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Friday 6/21: Thirty West Publishing will host an evening of readings featuring Jenna Vélez, Tianna G. Hansen, Cody Roggio, and Rebecca Kokitus, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Mt. Airy Nexus.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading and discussion with Nicholas Mancusi, author of A Philosophy of Ruin. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

Philly DSA will present a discussion with Jenny Brown, author of Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight over Women’s Work. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Pecola Breedlove & the Freedom Party will present a new edition of their “Freedom Fridays” poetry series, featuring Jahwula, Rich Flow, and Maya Simone, as well as a limited open mic. 7 p.m. at Inspire Art Space.

Saturday 6/22: Shakespeare & Co. will host Regina Porter, author of The Travelers, in conversation with Jade Jones. 2 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

Sunday 6/23: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Heather H. Thomas and J.C. Todd. followed by an open mic. 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Paperback Poetry Festival, a safe and welcoming space in which poets, writers, and artists from estranged communities can celebrate one another, will feature performances by Raquel Salas Rivera, Alyesha Wise, Jen Anolik, David Pratt, Shanel Edwards, Shirmina Smith, Naz Bowman, and Jamal Parker. 12 p.m. at FDR Park.

Monday 6/24: The Wooden Shoe will host a reading by Alex DiFrancesco, author of All City. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading and discussion with B. A. Shapiro, author of The Collector’s Apprentice. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

deadname., a collective of trans and non-binary poets, performers, musicians, and visual artists will present “IN UTERO,” their premier poetry and music showcase. 6:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia – Independence Branch.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will present Astra Taylor, author of Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, in conversation with Keeanga Taylor. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “slowdance” by Shanel Edwards (Voicemail Poems, April 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 →