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Upcoming Lit Events: June Buzz

by Amy Saul-Zerby
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June is here already (how did this even, where does the time go, etc...) & we are ALMOST as excited about the wonderful events coming up this month as we are to read all of yr submissions to APIARY 9.

Which is to say... we're feeling pretty hashtag-blessed & thrilled as usual to be in this community with y'all.

Here's hoping you are equally pumped to attend some of the 🔥 events below.

See ya out there! 💕💕💕



First Friday BSM Poetry Showcase at Broad Street Ministry


Philly poet laureate Yolanda Wisher & local poets Trapeta B. Mayson, Shevaun Brannigan & Tamara Oakman will collaborate & present their poetry as well as the writing of their guests at this First Friday event.


The Slam – The Slampionship! at Good Good Comedy Theatre

8pm-9pm, $10

One-year anniversary of Annie Paradis’ series.  10 past winners and 2 wildcard guests will compete!  Comedy by Rose Luardo, Derrick Houck, Robert O’Neill, Dan Vetrano, Geoff Jackson, Hasreet Gill, Emily Kinslow, Ralph Andracchio, Caitlin Weigel, Aaron Nevins, Chris Berg & Matthew Schmid, feat. guest poets Annaliese Downey, Kiki Volkert & Keith O’Shaughnessy.



Porch Poets at West Philly PorchFest 2017 at The Windsor Treehouse


A 7-hour outdoor marathon poetry reading featuring 37 Philly poets!


Black Heroes in Comics Discussion w/ William Jones at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, Inc.


William Jones will be discussing his book “The Ex-Con, Voodoo Priest, Goddess, and the African King” at Amalgam Comics, with copies of the book available for purchase.


The 2nd Annual Philly Lit Spelling Bee at Johnny Brenda’s

7pm-10pm, $10 tickets

The Head & The Hand and Philly Beer Week present the 2nd Annual Philly Lit Spelling Bee, a fundraiser and competition between 10 literary organizations for a $200 cash prize.


Mon. 6/5

Head House Writer’s Meet-Up at Head House Books


Inaugural Head House Books Writer’s Meet-Up: writers of all type & level welcome, an informal chance to do some writing exercises.  BYO laptop or notebook!


Tues. 6/6

Gay + Poems at The Big Gay Poem House

6pm, $3-5 suggested donation

Readings by P.E. Garcia, Prairie M. Faul, El Pearson, Jo Gehringer, Lily, & Alina Pleskova!


Thurs. 6/8

Accidental Player:  Castillo, Short, Fruchter, Falandays at Tattooed Mom


Readings by Sebastian Castillo, Kim Gek Lin Short, Temim Fruchter & Kallie Falandays.



Neighboring Systems: Christy Davids & 최 Lindsay at 4435 Ludlow Street


Readings by Christy Davids and 최 Lindsay.  Doors at 7:30, readings at 8!


The Fuze Poetry Slam ft. Youssef Kromah at Studio 34 Yoga | Healing | Arts

8pm-11pm, $10 admission ($5 with student ID)

Slam & open mic featuring Youssef Kromah, who will share work from his newest book “Woke”!  Sign-ups start at 8.


Sun. 6/11

Poetry: Shevaun Brannigan and Irene Mathieu at Dahlak Paradise


The Random Name Poetry Series presents Shevaun Brannigan & Irene Mathieu.




Poems Night 15 at Little Berlin


The fifteenth installment of Poems Night, the monthly poetry open mic at Little Berlin art gallery in Kensington, will feature readings by Erin Taylor, Berry Grass, Bursera Grave, Alina Pleskova, & Van.


PBQ: Raena Shirali, Shy Watson, Angelo Colavita & Joe Roarty at Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant


Painted Bride Quarterly presents readings by Raena Shirali, Shy Watson, Angelo Colavita and Joe Roarty!



Sundrunk: Emerge at Crime & Punishment Brewing


The latest edition of an inclusive interdisciplinary performance series focused on showcasing Philly’s diverse literary community.  Featuring work by Hannah Morgen, Kyle Brown-Watson & Dee De’Vine, around the theme ‘Emerge’.  Hosted by Maryan Captan of Apiary & Brewerytown Social.


Patricia Lockwood | Priestdaddy: A Memoir at the Free Library of Philadelphia


Unofficial poet laureate of Twitter Patricia Lockwood will read from her new memoir Priestdaddy, which tells the story of her unconventional upbringing and irascible Catholic-priest father.  Free to attend!


Thurs. 6/15

One Night Only: Garcia, Watson, Saul-Zerby & Naughton at Tattooed Mom


Readings by p.e. garcia, Shy Watson, Amy Saul-Zerby & Alexandra Naughton of Be About It Press.


Sat. 6/17

Copy/Body Book Release & Empty Set Press Launch Party at Paradigm Gallery & Studio


Release party for Apiary’s own Maryan Captan’s new chapbook COPY/BODY!  Feat. readings by Patrick Blagrave, Bee Sterner, Angelo Colavita, Kirwyn Sutherland & Maryan Captan (plus a musical guest TBA)!  This event also marks the launch of Angelo Colavita’s new publishing company Empty Set Press.


Sun. 6/18

Hanserd / Saul-Zerby / Garcia / Mathis / Foley + Neutral Shirt & Slugrrrpup at Tattooed Mom

7pm-10pm, $5-7 suggested donation

Readings by Paige Hanserd, Lora Mathis, Amy Saul-Zerby, Kate Foley & p.e. garcia, with music by Neutral Shirt & Slugrrrpup.


Mon. 6/19

You Can’t Kill a Poet - Youth Edition at the Free Library of Philadelphia (South Philly Branch)


Readings by queer & trans youth poets & writers during the Free Library’s celebration of Pride during the month of June.  Event is free & all ages!


Thurs. 6/22

Sherman Alexie | You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me at the Free Library of Philadelphia


Sherman Alexie will read from his new book ‘You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me’, a searing and soaring memoir about his difficult childhood and complicated maternal relationship, as well as a funny & frightening articulation of the contemporary Native American quandary.



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