Notable Philadelphia: 10/8–10/14


Tuesday 10/8: The Livin’ on Luck series will present poetry readings by Lisa Alexander Baron and Bill Van Buskirk followed by an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover will present an evening of poetry featuring Kit Robinson, Pattie McCarthy, and Rachel Blau DuPlessis. Hosted by Jason Mitchell. 7:30 p.m. at Sam’s Morning Glory Diner.

Wednesday 10/9: The Hatchery will continue its takeover series with a reading by the writers of Bedfellows Magazine. Featuring Zach Blackwood, Berry Grass, Juliana Reyes, Tim Lynch, and Warren Longmire. 8 p.m. at The Monkey Club.

Thursday 10/10: Penn Book Center will host “Getting to the Truth: Research in Creative Nonfiction,” a discussion with Andrea Buchanan, Ona Gritz, and Dawn Raffel. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Moore Poetry Series will present a poetry reading by Cynthia Arrieu-King and Moore student Kenyssa Evans. 6 p.m. at The Connelly Library & The Margaret Minik Writers Studio at Moore.

Blue Stoop will present Julia Phillips, author of Disappearing Earth, in conversation with Jennifer Wilson. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the October edition of their monthly meetup for local writers to discuss writing and get feedback on their work. Hosted by Christina Rosso-Schneider. Pay-what-you-can/sliding scale of $10-20 at the door. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Friday 10/11: Celebrate National Coming Out Day with an evening of LGBTQ+ poetry readings, discussion, refreshments, and an open mic. Featuring readings by Faye Chevalier, Sean Hanrahan, and Elijah Pringle. 6:30 p.m. at The Spiral Bookcase.

Head to L’Etage to celebrate the release of Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach’s debut poetry collection The Many Names for Mother. Featuring readings by Isabel Diaz, Laura-Eve Engel, Olga Livshin, Lindsay Lusby, Maya Pindyck, Michelle Whittaker, and Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach. 7 p.m. at L’Etage.

Saturday 10/12: Philly AIDS Thrift will host a reading and discussion with Serena J. Bishop, author of the novel Dreams. 6 p.m. at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni’s Room.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore will host a reading of Karl Tierney’s poetry and a discussion of his life and legacy with Jim Cory. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Monday 10/14: Penn Book Center will present August Thomas, author of Liar’s Candle, in conversation with Ali Noori. 5:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

Poems Night will return with featured poets Warren C. Longmire, Sarah Kacala, and Dalonté, as well as an open mic. Hosted by Stephanie Czapla. 7 p.m. at HOT•BED.

Painted Bride Quarterly will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Nicole Steinberg, Boston Gordon, Megan Gillespie, and James M. Wilson. 7:30 p.m. at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “The 80s Were the 50s” by Sean Hanrahan (Voicemail Poems, Spring 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 →