Notable Philadelphia: 7/2–7/8

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Tuesday 7/2: Pecola Breedlove & the Freedom Party will host their monthly open mic night, with featured performer Cleo, a Black genderqueer poet and elementary education student. 7 p.m. at Art Sanctuary.

Blue Stoop will present a reading by Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things. 7 p.m. at Black Hound Clay Studio.

The Friends Center will host a poetry reading by Ewuare X. Osayande, author of Whose America?. 5:30 p.m. at Friends Center.

Friday 7/5: Bring your best to share at the July edition of “Community Drafts”, a monthly open mic night hosted by Christina Rosso-Schneider. 8 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. 

Monday 7/8: Poems Night, a monthly poetry event showcasing up-and-coming spoken word talent followed by a lottery-style open mic, will continue under the hosting talents of Stephanie Czapla. 7 p.m. at HOT•BED.

Painted Bride Quarterly will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Savannah Cooper-Ramsey, Ryan Wilson, Ned Balbo, and Jane Satterfield. 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 four poems by Savannah Cooper-Ramsey (BOMB Magazine, 2018). 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 →