Notable Philadelphia: 8/13–8/19

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Tuesday 8/13: The Livin’ on Luck series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Christine Campbell, Cherise Pollard, and Andrew Weller, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Shakespeare & Co. will present Miciah Bay Gault, author of Goodnight Stranger, in conversation with Daniel Torday. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

Join Ted Rees, Jenn McCreary, Julia Bloch, and “Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover” host Jason Mitchell for a candlelight vigil and celebration of the life and art of Kevin Killian, featuring an open reading for anyone who would like to participate, and Kevin’s books on hand to read from. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Wednesday 8/14: Moonstone will present an evening of poetry and humor, featuring Hannah McDonald, Scott Sigl, and Jonathon Todd. Hosted by Aaren Perry. 7 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Tessera Arts Collective will present Rozella Haydee White, author of Love Big, in conversation with A’Driane Nieves. 7 p.m. at Tessera Arts Collective.

Wooden Shoe Books & Records will host a discussion with Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera about the recent uprising in Puerto Rico and what lies ahead. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Thursday 8/15: Head to the African American Museum for “Disruption”, an evening of poetry and performance curated by Philadelphia poet and educator Nina “Lyrispect” Ball. Featuring poetry by Kirwyn Sutherland, Enoch the Poet, and Lyrispect, as well as musical performance by V. Shayne Frederick and Richard J. Watson. 7 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.

Friday 8/16: Celebrate the release of Master Din’s Sinister Sextet: Grim and Grave Admonitions for Mischievous and Overly Curious Children by Susurrus Din with a reading and reception at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Featuring poetry by Angelo Colavita, Kailey Tedesco, and Chris McCreary, as well as music by David Talento. 6 p.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Don’t miss the final Breedlove open mic, presented by Pecola Breedlove and the Freedom Party! Celebrate the life and work of Toni Morrison and five years of the Breedlove open mic series. Featuring poetry performances by Lauren Yates, Lauren Taylor Davis, and Shyster, as well as an open mic. Hosted by Christopher KP Brown. 7 p.m. at Inspire Art Space.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a release event for The Discontinuity at the Waistline: My #MeToo Poems by Marion Deutsche Cohen, a new chapbook from Rhythm & Bones Press. Also featuring readings by Christina Rosso-Schneider and Jenna Velez. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation will host a discussion with Dr. Nazia Kazi, author of Islamophobia, Racism, and Global Politics. 7 p.m. at 2226 N. Front Street.

Saturday 8/17: Just across the bridge at Camden Arts Yard, community organizers John Royal and Tawanda Green-Jones will present the first poetry showcase and open mic in their new “Adult’n 101” series! Featuring performances by The Poet Lameen, Charles Curtis the Third, Aaron Cooper, and Beezy, as well as an open mic. 7 p.m. at Camden Arts Yard.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore and Mt. Airy Nexus will present a release event for Code Like a Girl: Rad Tech Projects and Practical Tips by local author Miriam Peskowitz. 4 p.m. at Mt. Airy Nexus.

The Group Chat will present “Hot Jawn Summer,” an open mic and showcase featuring performances by Miriam Harris, Kai Davis, Nayo Jones, Afaq, Shanel Edwards, Natalia Garay, Ashley Davis, and Jasmine L. Combs. 5 p.m. at Pentridge Station. 

Sunday 8/18: Moonstone’s “New Voices” series, a program designed for emerging poets under the age of 25, will present readings by Matilda Bray, Elisha Gibson, and Bella Randazzo, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Krisann Janowitz. 2 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co.

Head to Win Win Coffee Bar for the August edition of Blue Stoop’s monthly happy hour series, and hear about their slate of fall classes. 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host “Divinatory Poetics Workshop: I Ching”, a workshop led by local poet and occultist Angelo Colavita. Pre-registration required. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Moonstone Poetry will present a release party for their new chapbook Women Are Voting. Featuring readings by contributors to the chapbook. 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Tribe 12 and Amanda Eve Thum of The Maggid will present a Jewish story slam on the theme “Times of Transition.” 7 p.m. at Writer’s Block Rehab.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Rested” by Jasmine L. Combs (Vinyl, May 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 →