How many fantastic literary events can you fit in one December? The answer: so many stinkin' events. Can someone invent a cloning machine so I can attend every single one of these, please? From Eve Ewing to Ntozake Shange, launch parties for bedfellows issue 7 and Empty Set Press' Dictionnaire Infernal, an incredible fundraiser for Puerto Rico, and more, December is the month of giving that, well, keeps on giving. Listen to poems. Support your local writers and indie presses. Watch literature change the world and feel a little better for it. XO, Steve.
Wednesday December 6th
Tomorrow Eve Ewing, author of Electric Arches, reads alongside Kai Davis (Did ya'll SEE Vanishing Point last week?!) of the Philly Pigeon and Amber Rose Johnson of UPenn’s Africana Studies, English. RSVP if you haven’t already!
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague has put together a stellar lineup of local writers for a night of poetry at Philly’s dopest anarchist bookshop, the Wooden Shoe. Tamara Oakman (APIARY’s co-founder!) Tyler Antoine, Sebastian Castillo, and Ailin Luca Cao will read.
Thursday December 7th
Fresh off the release of her NEW BOOK (!!!) entitled Salvage, Cynthia Dewi Oka will be reading with Scott Daughtridge, Emma Brown Sanders, and Shame-e-Ali Nayeem. Hot damn! Grab a beer/wine/cocktail and plant yourself in a bumper car.
Legendary playwright and poet Ntozake Shange, creator of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf will be reading from her collection, Wild Beauty.
Friday December 8th
Ross Chaos Comics and B2 Cafe are bringing together Angelo Colavita, Reek Bell, and APIARY’s Alexa Smith together for the opening night of artist Autumn Brown. This event is also BYOB so feel free to share some booze with your local artists and writers (wink wink).
Saturday December 9th
Meet Puerto Rican poet, writer, translator, activist, and certified badass Philadelphian Raquel Salas-Rivera! Her book oropel/tinsel will also be for sale. Also catch Raquel at #PoetsforPuertoRico (further down our list).
Dictionnaire Infernal Chapbook Release Party
7-10pm @ The Convent Philly
Our friends at Empty Set Press are releasing Dictionnaire Infernal, a chapbook co-authored by Chris McCreary and Mark Lamoureux. Support this bangin’ small press and this brand new, somewhat sinister, chappie!
Sunday December 10th
Featuring Cynthia Dewi Oka, Yolanda Wisher, Raquel Salas Rivera, Kirwyn Sutherland, Patrick Rosal, Sham-e-ali Nayeem, Husnaa Hashim, Frank Sherlock, and many more.
Doors at 2:30, Program 3-5pm @ Institute for Contemporary Art
Philly’s poetry community is coming together to raise funds for hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. The collective talent filling the ICA will knock your literal and figurative socks off - all for an incredible cause. I can’t imagine missing this. All proceeds benefit Puerto Rican farmers (El Departamento de la Comida) and will be assisted by the Urban Creators.
Thursday December 14th
Poems by Alina Pleskova, Raena Shirali, Stephanie Kaylor, Raquel Salas Rivera, and Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela are I all want in my stocking this year. Fill your bodies/soul treasure chests/ears with some poetic jewels courtesy of this femme-tactic lineup.
Saturday December 16th
APIARY royalty LindoYes and Enoch the Poet are kicking off a livestream/live audience hybrid show with work focused on social violence, mental health, and gender inequality within the Black community.
Sunday December 17th
What would December be without a little desire and intimacy? Celebrate the seventh issue of bedfellows, a thematic Philly-based literary magazine working to subvert or confront stigmas sometimes attached to sex-focused writing while focusing on underrepresented and marginalized voices. Steamy meets smart. Pick up issue seven at launch!