HONEY, HAVE YOU HEARD? You did it. You emerged from the flaming wreckage of 2016, and made it to the other side of the calendar. On the shiny new high-gloss pages of that calendar, there's a whole host of events to help you start the new year right. Check out our first roundup of 2017:
FRIDAY JAN 6
MLA Offsite Poetry Reading
6-11PM at The Rotunda. No, that's not a typo. This reading is FIVE HOURS LONG. Organized by Davy Knittle and Anna Strong, this year's annual MLA Offsite Poetry Reading will feature a COLLOSSAL LINEUP combining local Philly poets and MLA attendees. With over 50 POETS slated to read short but sweet sets, this is sure to be an epic evening.
ALSO FRIDAY JAN 6
Philly Pigeon: All-Women & Non-Binary Poetry Slam
First Philly Pigeon of the new year! "Do you live your life as a woman or gender non-binary person? JANUARY IS AN ALL WOMEN'S SLAM. WINNER GETS $300 towards a trip to the Women of the World Poetry Slam.*" This month's feature and workshop leader is Hiwot Adilow, an Ethiopian-american poet and singer-songwriter from Philadelphia who began her career performing with the Philadelphia Youth Poetry Movement (PYPM). $15 Reserved Seating at www.thephillypigeon.com, or take a chance on $10 tickets at the door.
TUESDAY JAN 10
You Can't Kill A Poet Open Mic Story Slam
8PM at Tattooed Mom. The folks at YCKAP are back with an exciting new reading format! Come out to Tattooed Mom on 1/10 and you'll have the chance to join the lineup of the first ever You Can't Kill A Poet STORY SLAM. "Art is resistance and we need a whole lot of that right now. So that's the theme. Resistance. Tell us the stories of your resistance. Tell us how you plan to live a life of resistance as a queer and/or trans identified person in America." Poets, prose writers, and musicians are equally welcome to share up to 8 minutes of work. Free to sign up, but make sure you get there early if you want a slot!
SATURDAY JAN 14
CA Conrad / Brian Teare
8PM at Studio 34: This Fuze features OTTER JUNG ALLEN, Philly's current 17-year-old Youth Poet Laureate, and a former feature of APIARY's YOUTHQUAKE series! If you haven't seen Otter perform yet, you are missing out. Do yourself a favor and hit this up. TICKETED EVENT: $10 adults/just $5 for students!
SUNDAY JAN 15
Writers Resist: Philadelphia United for Liberty
"On January 15, 2017, writers across the United States and in Europe will come together in the spirit of compassion, equality, free speech, and the fundamental ideals of democracy for Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression, a major literary protest to defend and protect free expression at a time when it’s dangerously under threat.
In Philadelphia dozens of authors, poets, and filmmakers will show we are United for Libery in the cradle of American democracy.
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THURS JAN 19
PHL PRIDE feat. Ryan Eckes / Kerri Radley / Frank Sherlock
Vintage furniture, brand new reading series! You'll be sitting pretty at this reading on tufted velvet french sofas, fifties barstools and other snazzy furnishings at this local Philadelphia antique and variety store.