Notable Philadelphia: 9/17–9/23

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Tuesday 9/17: Al-Bustan, in collaboration with Slought, MEC, NELC, and Moonstone Arts Center, will present the first reading in the “Words from Home” poetry series, which will feature three Arab poets with new works published this fall. Come hear Ahmad Almallah read from his new collection Bitter English. 6 p.m. at The Rotunda. 

The West Chester release of Brooke Palma’s debut chapbook Conversations Unfinished will also feature readings by Eileen D’Angelo, Shan-Tay Mercedes Watson, and Stu O’Connor. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Head to Kurant Brew & Brew for the first edition of “The Fishbowl Philly,” a new poetry series in Fishtown! The featured poet will be Ugly Stephen. 7 p.m. at Kurant Brew & Brew.

Brandywine Workshop will host the launch party for Nathaniel Popkin’s third Philly novel (and sixth Philly book) The Year of the Return. 6:30 p.m. at Brandywine Workshop and Archives. 

Wednesday 9/18: The Free Library will present Téa Obreht, author of Inland, in conversation with Sara Nović. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Thursday 9/19: Penn Book Center will present Sarah Perry, author of After the Eclipse, in conversation with Emma Eisenberg. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

A Novel Idea will host a reading by David Hallock Sanders, author of Busara Road. 6:30 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Head to Tattooed Mom for the Autumnal Equinox Edition of You Can’t Kill a Poet, an evening of queer joy and authentic writing featuring Madelynn Nieves, Tie, amber auslander, Nora Hikari Shao, June Gehringer, K. Johnson, and Boston Gordon. 7:30 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

The Free Library will present Edwidge Danticat, author of the new short story collection Everything Inside, in conversation with Glory Edim. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Friday 9/20: Lanternfish Press will host a reading to celebrate their fifth anniversary! Lineup to be announced. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Sunday 9/22: The Coffee Talk Artists’ Co-op in Norristown will host an afternoon of poetry and music featuring Sean Hanrahan, Shan-Tay Mercedes Watson, Monty Milne, and Amber Renee, as well as an open mic. 2 p.m. at Coffee Talk Artists’ Co-op.

Blue Stoop will host the September edition of their monthly happy hour! Catch up with other local writers and hear about the goings-on of the literary organization. 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Monday 9/23: Shakespeare & Co. will host a discussion with contributors to the essay collection Apple, Tree: Writers on Their Parents. Featuring Lise Funderburg and Lauren Grodstein. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

The Wooden Shoe will host a celebration of the release of Dan Farnum’s Young Blood. Photographers Dan Farnum and James Blocker will show and discuss their work. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

The Hopscotch Translation reading series will present Maxim Osipov, author of the short story collection Rock, Paper, Scissors, in conversation with Jon Stone. 7 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Free Library will present Billy Bragg, author of The Three Dimensions of Freedom, in conversation with Ian Zolitor. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Wrecking Ball” by Boston Gordon (Tinderbox, Volume 4, Issue 2). 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 →