Notable Philadelphia: 3/3–3/9

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Tuesday 3/3: Kelly Writers House will host an evening with Ottessa Moshfegh, author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation. 6 p.m. at Kelly Writers House.

The Philly Loves Poetry Interview and Reading Series will present a reading and discussion centered on Irish poetry featuring Sean Lynch and Bernadette McBride. Hosted by Charles S. Carr. 6:30 p.m. at PhillyCAM.

Wednesday 3/4: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Daralyse Lyons, author of Yoga Cocaine. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Moonstone Arts will host an evening of poetry featuring readings by Adriann Bautista, Jamarr Hall, and Elijah B. Pringle III. 7 p.m. at Fergie’s Pub. 

Thursday 3/5: The Creative at the Cannery series will present an evening of prose readings by Chris Clark, Jaime Fountaine, Nathan Long, and Teresa Miller, followed by an open mic. 7 p.m. at Dock Street Cannery + Lounge.

Wooden Shoe Books and Records will host a free public discussion of One Book One Philadelphia selection There There by Tommy Orange. The discussion will be facilitated by Indigenous 215 members Felicia Teter and Priscilla Anacakuyani Bell. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Friday 3/6: Bring your best to the March 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, performances at 8 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

The March edition of the Philly Pigeon Poetry Slam will feature poet, teaching artist, and TEDx speaker Alyesha Wise. Organized by Jacob Winterstein, Kai Davis, and Jasmine Combs. 8:30 p.m. at Pearlstein Gallery. 

Saturday 3/7: A Novel Idea on Passyunk will host an evening with Lindsey Warren, author of Unfinished Child. 6 p.m. at A Novel Idea on Passyunk.

Toho Publishing will present a chapbook release event for Philip Dykhouse, Sam Fischer, Caroline Furr, Sean Hanrahan, Hazel the Aura, Josh Martin, and Ben Saff. $10 tickets available online. 6 p.m. at CEG Performing Arts Academy.

Accidental Player will present the release event for Faye Chevalier’s flesh_wound. Featuring readings by Kay Gabriel, Alyssa Ciamp, LindoYes, and Faye Chevalier. 7 p.m. at Wooden Shoe Books and Records.

Sunday 3/8: Moonstone Arts will present readings by contributors to their 2019 Featured Poets Anthology. 1 p.m. at Free Library of Philadelphia.

Sci-fi Sundays will present a science fiction reading by Maori Holmes of BlackStar Film Festival. 2 p.m. at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Monday 3/9: Head to HOT•BED for the first edition of Poems Night’s new Benefit Session series, a series of open mic nights that will double as fundraisers for different local charities. The first benefit session will raise funds for the Free Migration Project, which works at the intersection of law and community organizing to promote freedom of movement as a basic human right. $5-10 suggested donation. 6:30 p.m. at HOT•BED.

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books will present Linda Sarsour, author of We Are Not Here to Be Bystanders: A Memoir of Love and Resistance. 7 p.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books.

Painted Bride Quarterly will host an evening of poetry and improvisation featuring No River Twice. Head to the Pen & Pencil for “an interactive poetry performance in which audience and poets collaborate to choose the direction of the reading, poem by poem, creating an experience that is never the same twice.” 7:30 p.m. at Pen & Pencil Club.

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Philly Recommended Reading: Each week we’ll recommend work by a local writer featured in Notable. This week, it’s “To This Black Woman Body, Part I” by Alyesha Wise (Button Poetry, 2015). 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 →