Notable Philadelphia: 10/8–10/14

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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.

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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 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 →