Notable Philadelphia: 2/4–2/10


Tuesday 2/4: One Book One Philadelphia and the Drexel Writers Room will host a community-driven writing workshop focused on creating memorable characters using the voices in There There by Tommy Orange as a guide. Free and open to the public. 4:30 p.m. at Drexel University Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships.

Shakespeare & Co. will host a book signing and discussion with Gloria Hochman about Stan Hochman Unfiltered: 50 Years of Wit and Wisdom from the Groundbreaking Sportswriter. 6:30 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

The Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Reading Series will present “Generations of Poetry,” a reading and interview featuring Octavia McBride-Ahebee and Sojourner Ahebee. 6:30 p.m. at PhillyCAM.

Blue Stoop will present an evening of poetry and conversation with Porsha Olayiwola and Adam Falkner. 6:30 p.m. at People’s Books and Culture.

You Can’t Kill a Poet, a reading series for queer and trans poets, will return with their February reading. List of readers TBA. Hosted by Boston Gordon. 7:30 p.m. at Tattooed Mom. 

Wednesday 2/5: Moonstone Arts will present a poetry reading and interview with Chidi E. O. Ezeobi, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Sean Lynch. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Art with Spirits will host a night of poetry featuring readings by Sean Hanrahan, Brandon Blake, and Hazel the Aura. 7:30 p.m. at Art with Spirits. 

Thursday 2/6: People’s Books and Culture will present Jordan Alexander Stein, author of When Novels Were Books, in conversation with Lara Langer Cohen. 6 p.m. at People’s Books and Culture.

Friday 2/7: People’s Books and Culture will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Kirwyn Sutherland, Kassidi Jones, Husnaa Hashim, Wes Matthews, and Octavia McBride-Ahebee. 6:30 p.m. at People’s Books and Culture.

Bring your best to the February edition of Community Drafts, an open mic for artists of all genres. Hosted by Christina Rosso-Schneider. Suggested donation of $5. Sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., performances at 8 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk. 

Saturday 2/8: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host a book signing with Jenny Delacruz, author of Fridays with Ms. Mélange: Haiti. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. 1 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Sunday 2/9: Sci-fi Sunday at the Art Museum will feature a reading by Chef Omar Tate from his favorite works of science fiction. 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Monday 2/10: People’s Books and Culture will host a reading and conversation with Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman. 6:30 p.m. at People’s Books and Culture.


Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s two poems by Kassidi Jones (Crab Fat Magazine, April 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 →