Notable Philadelphia: 11/19–11/25

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Tuesday 11/19: Kelly Writers House will host a reading and conversation with Iranian novelist and essayist Salar Abdoh. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House. 

The Head & the Hand will host a reading by Claire Rudy Foster from their latest short story collection Shine of the Ever, a “literary mix tape of queer voices out of grunge-era Portland.” 7 p.m. at The Head & the Hand.

Wednesday 11/20: The Breaking Through series, which features poets on the verge of publishing their first books, will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Shiv Kotecha and Bianca Rae Messinger. Curated and hosted by Simone White. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Penn Book Center will present Sarah Dry, author of Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Seas, Glaciers, and Atmosphere—and Made the Planet Whole, in conversation with Etienne Benson. 6 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Free Library will host a reading and discussion with Lise Funderburg, editor of Apple, Tree: Writers on their Parents. Lise will be joined by contributors Donna Masini, Leland Cheuk, Lauren Grodstein, and S. Bear Bergman. 6:30 p.m. at Independence Branch Free Library.

Moonstone Poetry will present readings by Cynthia Dewi Oka and Eleanor Wilner, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Larry Robin. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 11/21: Thirty West Publishing House will present readings by Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, Warren C. Longmire, and Sean Lynch, followed by an open mic. 4 p.m. at Mcshain Hall.

Kelly Writers House will host “Podcasts, Pop Culture, News,” a conversation with Stephen Metcalf and June Thomas of Slate Magazine. Hosted by Al Filreis. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Head to Haverford College for the latest installment of the Voices for Immigration series, featuring poetry readings by Rosebud Ben-Oni, Ananda Lima, and paulA neves. Moderated by Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach and Olga Livshin. 6:30 p.m. at Haverford College.

The Hopscotch Translation Series will present a reading and discussion of Selected Poems of Giovanni Pascoli with translators Taije Silverman and Marina Della Putta Johnston. 6:30 p.m. at Penn Book Center.

The Story Hole open mic will return with “Retail Hell: A Tribute to Retail Workers.” Hosted by Vara Cooper. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Tire Fire will present readings by Ron Austin, Malka Older, Simon Jacobs, and Tyler Mendelsohn. The event will double as a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund.  7 p.m. at Tattooed Mom. 

Friday 11/22: Join Atlas Obscura Society Philadelphia and mystic poet and performer Janaka Stucky for “an immersive, multidisciplinary performance involving light, scent, and sound” to introduce his new poetry collection Ascend Ascend. 7 p.m. at The Convent Philly.

Sunday 11/24: Head to the African American Museum in Philadelphia for the latest installment of AAMP Commune, which will center on their exhibition “In Conversation: Meditations on Black Masculinity” and feature a performance and conversation with Kirwyn Sutherland. 2 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia.

The Sci-Fi Sunday series at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present readings by members of Wooden Shoe Books & Records from their favorite works of science fiction. 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Moonstone Poetry will present a reading by Theodore Harris, author of Our Flesh of Flames, a collection of collages featuring captions by Amiri Baraka. Open mic to follow. Hosted by Larry Robin. 4 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

New Door Books will present a release event for Homing, a memoir by Mark Lyons. 4 p.m. at Mt. Airy Nexus. 

Monday 11/25: Tattooed Mom will host the Philadelphia launch of Ivanna Baranova’s debut poetry collection Confirmation Bias, out now on Metatron Press. The evening will feature readings by jasper avery, Chariot Birthday Wish, Alina Pleskova, Zach Blackwood, and Ivanna Baranova. 7 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 “Invocations of Faggot Justice” by jasper avery (Blush Lit, August 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 →