Notable Philadelphia: 9/3–9/9

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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.

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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 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 →