Notable Philadelphia: 2/11–2/17

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Tuesday 2/11: The Livin’ on Luck Series will present an evening of poetry featuring readings by Krisann Janowitz, Elisha Gibson, and Bella Randazzo, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Brooke Palma. 7 p.m. at Barnaby’s of West Chester.

The Wooden Shoe will host a discussion with Margaret Kimberley, author of Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books & Records.

The Galactic Philadelphia reading series will present an evening of readings featuring Sarah Kozloff and Andrew Katz. 7 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia – Parkway Central Branch. 

Wednesday 2/12: Kelly Writers House will host a reading by Tommy Pico, featuring an introduction by Michelle Taransky. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

People’s Books and Culture will present Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, author of Stop Telling Women to Smile, in conversation with Feminista Jones, author of Reclaiming Our Space: How Black Feminists Are Changing the World from the Tweets to the Streets. 6:30 p.m. at People’s Books and Culture.

The Story Hole will host “Yeah Right, Cupid,” a storytelling event featuring Christine Olivas and Iyana Shelby, as well as an open mic. Hosted by Vara Cooper. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Moonstone Arts will present an evening of poetry and music featuring performances by Peter Baroth, Elliott Levin, and Joe Roarty, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Larry Robin. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub.

Thursday 2/13: The Temple University Creative Writing MFA will host a poetry reading by Monica Ong, author of Silent Anatomies. 5 p.m. at Charles Library. 

People’s Books and Culture will host a reading and conversation with Joseph W. McGrath, author of Innocents Abroad: How Two Baby Boomers Experienced a Cultural Immersion, the History of Western Art and Excellent Food on Their Way to an Extraordinary Year in Europe. 6:30 p.m. at People’s Books and Culture.

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.

Saturday 2/15: People’s Books and Culture will host a poetry reading featuring Maya Phillips and Daisy Fried. 2 p.m. at People’s Books and Culture.

Indigenous 215 and Paul Robeson House and Museum will present a “We Must Act: Black and Indigenous Freedom Dreaming,” a community forum guided by the One Book One Philadelphia selection There There by Tommy Orange. 2 p.m. at Lucien E. Blackwell Philadelphia Regional Library.

A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host the launch event for local author Irma Wilson’s book The Seven Ss That Birth Your Dreams: Living Your Life Purpose-fully. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The Philadelphia Liberation Center will host its first ever “Liberation Mic,” an event including two featured readers, an open mic, and a fundraiser to help subsidize low-income/student tickets for the Women’s Liberation and Socialism Summit. Featured readers will be Gina Myers and Lorraine Rice. Suggested donation of $5–10 at the door. 7 p.m. at 2226 N. Front Street.

Sunday 2/16: The New Voices Reading Series will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Madeleine Park Hager, Rebecca Kokitus, and Sam Lyons, followed by an open mic. Hosted by Krisann Janowitz. 2 p.m. at Shakespeare & Co. Rittenhouse.

This week’s installment of Sci-fi Sundays at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will feature a reading by Jasmine Smith of Library Co. of Philadelphia from her favorite works of science fiction. 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Big Blue Marble Bookstore will host a discussion of One Book One Philadelphia’s 2020 selection There There by Tommy Orange. 4 p.m. at Big Blue Marble Bookstore.

Monday 2/17: People’s Books and Culture will present Dr. Shana Redmond, author of Everything Man: The Form and Function of Paul Robeson, in conversation with Asali Solomon. 6 p.m. at Paul Robeson House.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “When I Look Like My Father It Makes My Mother Cry” by Lorraine Rice (Philadelphia Stories, 2018). 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 →