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Upcoming Lit Events: August Buzz

by Amy Saul-Zerby

Happy August, honeybees. ☀️❤️✨

We hope you're enjoying or at least surviving the heat, as the case may be!

Here are some 🔥 lit events comin' up this month around town.  A whole slew of them, in fact!

As always, hope to see ya out & about...



Summer Coven, Had Me a Blast at Martha

8pm – 10pm

The 215 Festival presents readings by Elizabeth Scanlon, Alina Pleskova, Nicole Steinberg, Gina Myers & Amy Saul-Zerby!


Moonstone Poetry: Joe and Micellina, + Jerry Logan at Fergie’s Pub

7pm – 9pm

Readings by Joe McCullough, Micellina Caporale & Jerry Logan followed by an open mic.  Hosted by Sean Lynch.


Thurs. 8/3

Zinzi Clemmons, “What We Lose” at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

7pm – 9pm

A reading by Philly native Zinzi Clemmons from her new book “What We Lose”.


Sun. 8/6

Poetry: Faye Chevalier, Peter Myers & Jennifer Soong at Dahlak Paradise

7:30pm – 9pm

The Random Name Poetry Series presents readings by (Apiary's own!) Faye Chevalier, Peter Myers & Jennifer Soong.


Wed. 8/9

Funeral Party/Book Release/Fundraiser: Philly at Tattooed Mom

7pm – 10pm

The Philadelphia release party for Rex Renee Leonowicz’ new book of poems & illustrations, also featuring readings by Oki Sogumi & Amy Saul-Zerby.


Fri. 8/11

Bibliococktails: The Hound of the Baskervilles at the Rosenbach Museum & Library

7pm – 9pm

A Sherlock Holmes themed edition of this ‘series celebrating great literature & great libations’.  Includes light refreshments & themed cocktails!  21 and up.


Sat. 8/12

Threading Body into World: A Poetry Reading at Leonard Perlstein Gallery

6:30pm – 9pm

A poetry reading exploring the transformative possibilities of queering & mothering strategies in a poetics that emerges from, and affirms, the racialized body.  Hosted by Cynthia Dewi Oka, featuring readings by Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor & Raquel Salas Rivera.


Sat. 8/12 – Sun. 8/13

On a Hot Summer Night – a Pride and Prejudice Slumber Party at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

7pm – 6:30am

A Pride and Prejudice themed ‘slumber party’ featuring guest readers (sign up online ahead of time to read!), a Jane Austen drinking game & Austen-themed cocktail, & more!




PBQ: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Ellen Hagan, Dilruba Ahmed & Cynthia Dewi Oka at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

7:30pm – 9pm

Hosted by Paul Siegell, presented by Painted Bride Quarterly.  Celebrating the release of ARRIVAL: POEMS by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor.


Poems Night 17 at Little Berlin


The seventeenth installment of Poems Night, the monthly poetry open mic at Little Berlin art gallery in Kensington, will feature readings by Terra Rene, Cris Meadows, Alli Defeo & Tyler Antoine.


Wed. 8/16 & Thurs. 8/17

Roxane Gay’s “Hunger”: A Discussion at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

7pm – 9pm

Two nights of discussion of Roxane Gay’s memoir, Hunger.  The first night is open to all, and the second night is ‘a special evening for fat women only (roughly defined as women who wear a size 20 and up)’.


Thurs. 8/17

RARE JAWN: Gray / Jemc / Grass / Etter at L’Etage

7pm – 10pm

Readings by Amelia Gray, Jac Jemc, Berry Grass & Sarah Rose Etter, hosted by Ginger Rudolph.


Fri. 8/18

Thirty West Presents #6 at Big Blue Marble Bookstore

7pm – 10pm

Readings by Kate Foley, Kailey Tedesco, Heath Brougher & Scott Thomas Outlar, presented by Thirty West Publishing House.


Sat. 8/19

Wildseed Open Mic at 79 Sharpnack St.

6pm – 9pm

$5 (7/31-8/12) or $10 (8/13-8/19)

Spoken word event feat. Soledad Alfaro & spotlighting Neffratiti Turner.


Tues. 8/29

You Can’t Kill a Poet August Reading at Tattooed Mom

8pm – 10:30pm

A new edition of Boston Gordon’s reading series celebrating queer & trans writers.  Free to all, 21+.  Readers list TBA (message Boston Gordon to inquire about being a featured reader!)



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