Notable Philadelphia: 7/9–7/15

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Tuesday 7/9: The Livin’ on Luck series will host an evening of poetry featuring Angelo Colavita and Amy Saul-Zerby, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will host a book talk and signing with Massoud Hayoun, author of When We Were Arabs: A Jewish Family’s Forgotten History. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Wednesday 7/10: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the July 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.

Thursday 7/11: Blue Stoop will present Catherine Chung, author of The Tenth Muse, in conversation with Jessamine Chan. 7:30 p.m. at Head House Books.

Friday 7/12: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the release party for Rebecca Kokitus’s new chapbook Blue Bucolic. The evening will feature readings by Rebecca Kokitus, Madeline Anthes, Angelo Colavita, and Alison Lubar. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will host a book talk and signing with Noura Erakat, author of Justice for Some: Law and the Question of Palestine. 6:30 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Sunday 7/14: Blue Stoop will host the July edition of their monthly happy hour, which will double as their one-year anniversary party! Come celebrate and keep up to date with the local literary organization’s work in Philly. 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Wooden Shoe Books & Records will host a free open mic night. Bring your best work to share. Sign-ups will begin a half-hour prior to the event. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Monday 7/15: Celebrate the launch of Patrick Blagrave’s new literary magazine centered on work, money, and class, and hear from some of the contributors to the inaugural issue of Prolit Magazine. The evening will feature readings by Corey Qureshi, Tim Fitts, Elizabeth Scanlon, Ryan Eckes, Amy Saul-Zerby, Paul Siegell, Brittanie Sterner, Emma Brown Sanders, and Kevin Travers. 6:30 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading and discussion with Rachel Barenbaum, author of A Bend in the Stars. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Wissinoming” by Kevin Travers (Prolit, Issue 1). 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 →