Notable Philadelphia: 1/28–2/3

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Tuesday 1/28: Kelly Writers House will host a lunch with Emily Guendelsberger, author of On the Clock: What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane. 12 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Wednesday 1/29: The Breaking Through series will present a poetry reading featuring Peter BD and Rachel James. Curated and hosted by Simone White. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

Moonstone Poetry will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Leonard Gontarek, Joanne Leva, Jim Mancinelli, and Michael Miller, all of whom are the hosts of reading series of their own, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Larry Robin. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 1/30: Head to Win Win for this week’s Breedlove Jubilee happy hour and open mic. Hosted by Christopher KP Brown. 7 p.m. at Win Win Coffee Bar.

Wooden Shoe Books & Records will host “Visual Poetics,” an artist talk with poet and multi-media artist Andrea Walls. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records. 

Friday 1/31: The Charmed Instruments series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Emmalea Russo and Bridget Talone. Doors at 7:30 p.m., readings at 8 p.m. at 824 S. 8th Street.

Saturday 2/1: The grand opening of Harriett’s Bookshop, a new book store celebrating women authors, artists, and activists, will feature day-long festivities including performances by DJ Peace, Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta Mayson, and Karen Smith. 10 a.m. at Harriett’s Bookshop.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore and Lucia Press will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by J.C. Todd, Dagmar Iris Holl, Vasiliki Katsarou, and MaryAnn L. Miller. 7 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore. 

Sunday 2/2: Moonstone Poetry will present an afternoon of readings featuring Marvin X, Lamont B. Steptoe, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Kimmika Williams-Witherspoon, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Larry Robin. 2 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Monday 2/3: Toho Journal will host a generative writing workshop at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. Online registration and payment of $4.99 required. Organized by Jonathan Koven, M. Elizabeth Hershey, Juliet Pennay, and Andrés Cruciani. 7 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “Letter to my Sister” by Trapeta Mayson (Apiary Magazine). 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 →