Notable Philadelphia: 9/10–9/16


Tuesday 9/10: Celebrate the launch of Carlos Andrés Gómez’s debut poetry collection Hijito, with readings by Warren C. Longmire, Jaia Gillette, Sudeep Bhargava, Erin Jin Mei O’Malley and Carlos Andrés Gómez. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Livin’ on Luck series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Mel Brake, Jim Cory, Alexa Gutter, and J.C. Todd, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

The Hatchery Takeover Series continues with a reading curated by Toho Journal. Featuring Josh Martin, Shoshana Lovett-Graff, Aleasha Quzack, and Sean Hanrahan. 7 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

Wednesday 9/11: Penn Book Center will present Nell Zink, author of Doxology, in conversation with Jaime Fountaine. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Elise Brand, Steve Deutsche, and Jacalyn Shelley, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Dave Worrell. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 9/12: The Writers in Camden reading series will present a discussion with Boris Fishman, author of Savage Feast: Three Generations, Two Continents, and a Dinner Table. 12:45 p.m. at The Writers House at Rutgers University-Camden.

Temple University’s MFA Program will present a poetry reading by Urayoán Noel. The reading will be free and open to the public. 5 p.m. at Temple Contemporary.

Penn Book Center will host a poetry reading by CAConrad and Raquel Salas Rivera. 7:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Celebrate the release of Sarah Rose Etter’s The Book of X and Berry Grass’s Hall of Waters at the September edition of the Tire Fire reading series. Also featuring readings by p.e. garcia and Christopher Gonzalez. The event will double as a fundraiser for the Women’s Medical Fund. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Head to A Novel Idea on Passyunk for the September edition of “A Community Writing Group,” a monthly meetup for local writers to discuss writing and get feedback on their work. Pay-what-you-can/sliding scale of $10-20 at the door. Led by Christina Rosso-Schneider. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Writers in the Round series will present an evening of poetry featuring Sean Hanrahan. Open mic to follow. 7 p.m. at Temenos Community Retreat.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a reading and book signing by Elise Schiller, author of Even If Your Heart Would Listen: Losing my Daughter to Heroin. 6 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Friday 9/13: Head to the Wooden Shoe for a discussion focused on Black anarchism highlighting the work of Kuwasi Balagoon and Russell Maroon Shoatz. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Dr. Jill McCorkel, author of Breaking Women: Gender, Race, and the New Politics of Imprisonment. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Paradigm Gallery + Studio will present Sarah Rose Etter, author of The Book of X, in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado. Pre-registration required. 7:30 p.m. at Paradigm Gallery + Studio.

Saturday 9/14: The Hopscotch Translation Series will host a celebration of Etel Adnan’s TIME featuring a tri-lingual reading of Etel Adnan’s work, a discussion of TIME with Sarah Riggs (its translator) and Maya Pindyck, and more. 2:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Philadelphia edition of “Home on our Back: A Laureates’ Reading on the Poetics of Diaspora,” a bi-city poetry collaboration between Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Raquel Salas Rivera that explores how migrations have shaped both East Coast cities, will feature poetry and performances by Kirwyn Sutherland, Ashley Davis, Miriam Harris, Tatiana Johnson, Golden, Princess Moon, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Porsha Olayiwola. 7 p.m. at Parkway Central Library.

Head to A Novel Idea on Passyunk for “Our Thing: Italian-American Writers,” an evening of readings featuring Kathy Curto, Mike Fiorito, and Michelle Reale. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Monday 9/16: Olga Livshin and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach will moderate “Voices for Immigration,” a reading and conversation with authors writing about immigration in today’s America. Featuring readings by Sarah Browning, Isabel Díaz Alanís, Shamar Hill, and Jose Padua. 6:30 p.m. at Parkway Central Library.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Bitter Offering” by Warren C. Longmire (Voicemail Poems, Summer 2019). 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 →