Notable Philadelphia: 10/1–10/7

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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.

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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 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 →