Notable Philadelphia: 1/14-1/20

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Wednesday 1/15: Moonstone Poetry will present “Poetry and Humor,” an evening of readings featuring Herman Beavers, Julia Lopez, and Don Riggs. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a discussion with William iEzzi about his debut novel Armando’s Havana Loves. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Thursday 1/16: Shakespeare & Co. will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Ernest Hilbert and John Wall Barger. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Head to the Mutter Museum for the launch of Vikram Paralkar’s debut novel Night Theater. 6:30 p.m. at Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

The Story Hole will present “Unresolved,” an evening of storytelling featuring a performance by Jen Cleary and an open mic. Hosted by Vara Cooper. p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Head to Win Win Coffee Bar for Breedlove Jubilee, an open mic poetry event hosted by Christopher KP Brown. 7 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

The Free Library will present Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness, in conversation with Carmen Maria Machado. 7:30 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Friday 1/17: 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. Advance tickets only via Eventbrite. 7 p.m. at The Convent Philly.

As part of the African American Museum’s annual MLK Weekend Celebration, they will host a reading by Kirwyn Sutherland from his new poetry collection Jump Ship. Also featuring performances and readings by Bethlehem Roberson, Ashley Davis, Airea D. Matthews, Victor Jackson, and Reynald Williams. The event is free and open to the public. 7 p.m. at The African American Museum in Philadelphia. 

Saturday 1/18: Celebrate the release of the second issue of Prolit Magazine with an evening of readings by contributors Faye Chevalier, Gianni Gaudino, Glorious Piner, Jonathon Todd, John Wall Barger, Matt Dineen, Terra Oliveira, Warren Longmire, Zachary LaMalfa, and more to be determined. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

Sunday 1/19: Sci-fi Sundays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host a reading by Liz Barr from her favorite works of science fiction. 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Moonstone Poetry’s “New Voices” reading series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Spencer Nitkey and Doris Zheku, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Krisann Janowitz. 2 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

Blue Stoop’s January Writer Happy Hour will double as a celebration of the launch of Literary Philly, a new public calendar for Philly’s literary community to share their events free of charge. 5 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Monday 1/20: Tragic: The Gathering, an occasional reading series for transgender writers hosted by Berry Grass, will return with a celebration of Zefyr Lisowski’s new book Blood Box. Featuring readings by Zefyr Lisowski, lii xu, and another reader to be announced. Doors at 7 p.m., readings at 8 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 “etymology” by Airea D. Matthews (Poem-a-Day, May 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 →