Notable Philadelphia: 9/3–9/9


Wednesday 9/4: The Wooden Shoe will host a discussion with Olivier van Beemen, author of Heineken in Africa: A Multinational Unleashed, followed by an after party at Tattooed Mom. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Kenny Walker and Cassendre Xavier, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

The Mad Poets will present “(M)other(ship): A Mother of a Poetry Reading” featuring Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Lindsay Lusby, and Nancy Reddy, as well as an open mic. 7 p.m. at Community Arts Center

Thursday 9/5: Kelly Writers House will host “Other Women Don’t Tell You: The Poetics of Motherhood,” a reading and panel discussion featuring Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Keetje Kuipers, and Airea D. Matthews. Hosted by Julia Bloch.  6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Creative at the Cannery will present an evening of prose readings featuring Quinn D. Eli, Tim Fitts, Katherine Locke, and Siwaraya Rochanahusdin, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Dock Street Cannery + Lounge.

Penn Book Center will present Sharon Marcus, author of The Drama of Celebrity, in conversation with André Dombrowski. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Friday 9/6: Head to A Novel Idea for the September edition of Community Drafts, an open mic series for artists of all genres. Sign-ups at 7:30, readings at 8 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Head & the Hand and Fireball Printing will celebrate First Friday with “A Celebration of Local & Little” and “A Night of Micro Tomes and Sequential Salami”! Featuring zines, comics, local artists, a reveal of H&H’s fall Shockwire series, and a showcase of their past chapbooks and local authors! There will also be hoagies for sale, beer for donation, and live music! 5 p.m. at The Head & the Hand.

Saturday 9/7: Blue Stoop’s Debut Drinks series will return with debut prose authors Camille Acker, Sarah M. Broom, Kimberly King Parsons, and Joseph Scapellato. Books and drinks will be available for purchase. 6 p.m. at Pen & Pencil Club.

Celebrate the 30th Birthday of Tender Buttons Press with readings by Lee Ann Brown, Katy Bohinc, Laynie Browne, Lynne Sachs, and local poets TBA. 2:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The release party for Talia Mingey’s new poetry collection Breadcrumbs will feature a reading by the author as well as an open mic. 7:30 p.m. at The Art Wear Gallery.

Green Street Poetry will present “ILYSM,” a romantic, candle-lit evening of music and poetry! 8 p.m. at The Thirsty Soul.

Monday 9/9: A Novel Idea will host “Demystifying the Blank Page,” a workshop focused on creative content generation led by playwright Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters. The workshop will take place in four weekly sessions; register online for individual sessions at $50/each or all four for $175. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Monday Poets Series will present readings by Airea D. Matthews and Brian Teare. 6:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Poems Night will return to HOT•BED gallery with features TBA and a lottery-style open mic! Hosted by Stephanie Czapla. 7 p.m. at HOT•BED.

Painted Bride Quarterly will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by John Wall Barger, Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach, Keetje Kuipers, and James Arthur. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Three Photos of Jayne Mansfield” by John Wall Barger (Rattle, Issue #35, Summer 2011). 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 →