Notable Philadelphia: 9/24–9/30

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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.

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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 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 →