Notable Philadelphia: 9/24–9/30


Tuesday 9/24: The Kelly Writers House will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Laura Mullen and Airea D. Matthews. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Shakespeare & Co. will present Sion Dayson, author of As a River, in conversation with Andrew Nurkin. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Nicholas Perilli and Britny Perilli will host a murder mystery-themed open mic night in Manayunk. Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., murder and performances at 8 p.m. at Union Tap House.

Wednesday 9/25: Head to the Kelly Writers House for the first installment of Amber Rose Johnson’s reading series “MESS + PROCESS,” a conversation and workshop series that will bring together early career artists and poets to discuss the disorderly order of creative process and the messiness of exploring new ideas. Featuring a reading and discussion with María Fernanda and Kameelah Janan Rasheed. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Ta-Nehisi Coates will read from his debut novel The Water Dancer. 8 p.m. at Irvine Auditorium.

Thursday 9/26: Penn Book Center will present Ahmad Almallah, author of the poetry collection Bitter English, in conversation with Esraa al-Shammari. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Malcolm Gladwell will read from his new book Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know. 7:30 p.m. at Irvine Auditorium.

Painted Bride Quarterly will host PBQ Slam, an improv writing game. 7:30 p.m. at Pen & Pencil Club.

Blue Stoop will present John James, author of the poetry collection The Milk Hours, in conversation with Grady Chambers. 7:30 p.m. at Head House Books.

The Dead Bards Poetry Series will present readings by Eileen M. D’Angelo and Luke Stromberg, followed by an open mic. 8 p.m. at Venice Island Performing Arts Recreation Center.

Friday 9/27: The Free Library will present Gabby Rivera, author of Juliet Takes a Breath, in conversation with Laurie Halse Anderson. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Saturday 9/28: Reality Hands will present a night of experimental literature featuring performances by Meagan Masterman, Cassandra de Alba, Chariot Wish, Rebecca Kokitus, and Ava Wolf. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by David Larsen, Nabil Kashyap, and Ian Dreiblatt. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Black Dog” by Ava Wolf (Peach Mag, 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 →