Notable Philadelphia: 10/1–10/7


Tuesday 10/1: Penn Book Center will host a poetry reading by Jerome Rothenberg, author of The President of Desolation & Other Poems. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Wednesday 10/2: Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Amy Jannotti, Jay Margraf, and Charley Springer, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Head to the Wooden Shoe for a “Proletarian Poetry Party,” featuring readings by Isobel Bess, Patrick Blagrave, Mathilda Cullen, Steele Dunn, Brendan Joyce, and Amy Marvin. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

The Free Library will present Dr. Imani Perry, author of Breathe: A Letter to my Sons, in conversation with Tracey Matisak. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

The Bryn Mawr College Reading Series will present a poetry reading by Ladan Osman, author of Exiles in Eden. 7:30 p.m. at Bryn Mawr College.

Thursday 10/3: Kelly Writers House will present a performance by writer, actor, and comedian Cecilia Corrigan, followed by a discussion and reception. Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis. 5 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Words from Home series, which explores the relationship between home and immigration and the role language plays in the immigrant experience, will continue with a poetry reading by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, author of Letters from the Interior. 6 p.m. at Slought Gallery.

Berks Bards will present a poetry reading by Eileen M. D’Angelo, followed by an open mic. 6 p.m. at Goggleworks Center for the Arts.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Harriet Levin and Henry Israeli. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Accidental Player series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Emily Abendroth, Ahmad Almallah, and Erika Howsare. Hosted by Gina Myers. 7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.

Rutgers-Camden’s Emerging Writers Series will return with an evening of poetry featuring Amy Saul-Zerby and writers from the Rutgers-Camden MFA cohort. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Friday 10/4: The Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam will present featured performer Chrysanthemum Tran. The slam is organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at Painted Bride Art Center. 

Saturday 10/5: Head to A Novel Idea on Passyunk for the October edition of their monthly open mic event Community Drafts! Hosted by Christina Rosso-Schneider. Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., performances at 8 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Head to Tattooed Mom for the book release celebration for Nadia Gerassimenko’s second chapbook at the water’s edge, out now on Rhythm & Bones Press. Featuring readings by Nadia Gerassimenko, Sarah Nichols, and Tianna G. Hansen. 2 p.m. at Tattooed Mom.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Prophet” by Patrick Blagrave (Recenter Press, Issue Two, Fall 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 →