Notable Philadelphia: 6/4–6/10

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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.

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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 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 →