HAPPY OCTOBER, Philly hive! We've got a wild lineup for you this month, and a couple BIG events of our own to announce -- both epic readings, both dance parties, both fundraisers for causes quite dear to us. Our APIARY 9 LAUNCH PARTY is just three short weeks away on FRIDAY, OCT 27th, and all proceeds from the evening will be donated to our friends at the New Sanctuary Movement. On OCT 19, we're also co-organizing Mi Borinquen: A Puerto Rico Relief Fundraiser for LGBTQ Boricuas with APIARY 8 poet Raquel-Salas Rivera of The Wanderer. Mark your calendars and grab your dancing shoes! We've got more details for you below, along with a whole slew of readings and workshops to keep you grooving all October long:
TONIGHT! SAT 10/7
They’re baaaaaack. Organized by Philly poets Jacob Winterstein, Jasmine Combs and APIARY 9 Poetry Editor Kai Davis, the Philly Pigeon returns TONIGHT with a special Saturday slam at the Painted Bride, kicking off their 7th season delivering consistently epic slams to the fine people of Philadelphia. Reserved tickets for this slam are SOLD OUT because it’s just that good, but try your luck on those $10 tickets at the door!
TOMORROW! SUN 10/8 (*DOUBLE HEADER*)
Hosted by David Hancock, this FREE poetry series features local and out-of-town voices at Dahlak Paradise, a super-tasty and atmospheric Ethiopian dinner spot in West Philly.
Free 21+ reading at the Pen & Pencil club – see event page for details on location and entry. An open mic hosted by Bob Zell will folow this performance.
WEDS 10/11 (*DOUBLE HEADER*)
APIARY Art Director Maryan Captan leads this workshop series hosted by our friends at the Head & the Hand Press! “Write Nite: The Afterlife is an experimental workshop focused on world building. We'll be using the book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman to explore alternative realities, build 3 dimensional settings, and discuss how characters are effected by the conditions set forth by their environments.” $8-10 sliding scale.
This free Fishtown reading series invites you to swing by the Monkey Club on E. York St “for some drinks, some stories and poems, and potentially win some drinks for writing funny things for The Fishbowl.” Also featuring one lucky winner from the Hatchery’s writing contest TBA!
Hosted by Jason Mitchell, this free local evening series is held after-hours at the ever-cozy Morning Glory Diner in South Philly. This month’s lineup features an impressive mix of poetry and prose readings from local and visiting voices. Not one to miss.
Hosted by Gina Myers, this series can be found upstairs in the back room of the beloved South St. lime green dive bar, Tatooed Mom. This month’s AP will feature readings by poets Oki Sogumi, Amy Lawless and Angela Veronica Wong. Free entry, 21+.
“In this interactive workshop, Lambda award-winning writer and illustrator, Nicole Georges will lead participants through her process as a comic and zine creator, exploring how these mediums can be used as tools for storytelling and empowerment. More so, what are best practices for taking these tools into communities outside of our own? … This workshop is FREE, but space is limited so RSVP is required (Please use "Ticket Information" above or below. Children are welcome and ASL available with prior notice by October 11.”
Let's show up for PR, Philly. OCT 19, catch APIARY poets Maryan Nagy Captan, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague and Soul Xplosion (feat. APIARY cofounder Tamara Oakman) performing alongside Philly's Sanctuary Poets at Mi Borinquen: A Puerto Rico Relief Fundraiser for LGBTQ Boricuas. Come for the cause, stay for the poems and dance party DJ'd by DAME LUZ of Cutn Paste! Together we can help get much-needed medical aid, evacuation and housing options to LGBTQIA citizens in Puerto Rico following the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Come party with us and make an impact!
“'Day of the Poet,' Philly’s pioneering festival of Spoken Word, which headlined monthly at the Bride for nine seasons, returns to celebrate the vision, talent, and insurgent spirit that fostered a movement and forged an epoch. This historic event will reunite seminal DOTP alumni whose artistic contributions to contemporary culture have become storied. Presenting; Trapeta Mayson, Twin Poets, DJ Razor Ramon, Ursula Rucker, and festival founder, curator, and Spoken Word legend Kevin O’Neill. Special guests from NYC and SCI Graterford, et al, will be announced. The event will also include an open mic lottery.”
IT’S US! Our ninth issue is almost here, and we want YOU to be there when it's born. Come celebrate the release of APIARY 9: SANCTUARY with readings from our Issue 9 authors, live music by Little Strike, & DJ grooves by APIARY 8 Fiction Editor Marissa-Johnson Valenzuela. This event is $5-10 PWYC entry, all ages to attend but 21+ for the bar. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the New Sanctuary Movement. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve made together!
Featuring Alicia Truth, “small talk off broad street is the opening reception of the induction of A NEW BLACK POET. Inspired by Gil Scot Heron, the performance will ignite, incite and inspire all in attendance. Come enjoy poetry, melodies, live music and great vibes.” Tickets $8.50 at https://anewblackpoet.splashthat.com/