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Your Literary Roundup: September 2015

Hey, you hungry literary hordes: September is BACK and so is your crowded literary dance card. 

Here's what you can expect from Philly's amazing writerly scene this month, from libraries to bars, sci-fi to experimental poetry, long-beloved reading series to upstarts. 

[Pro tip: you can access all these events our free Philly literary calendar, powered by big sister Google, at this link: PHILLY LITERARY CALENDAR CURATED BY APIARY

Wednesday, September 9: DOUBLE HEADER

Geekadelphia Presents: The Future of Philly Sci-Fi and Fantasy @ The Free Library 

We live in a dystopia, so we should be reading like it. Come hear leading Philly sci-fi writers talk about sci-fi in the city in the gorgeous Skyline Room at the Free Library. 

7:00 PM, Free Library, 19th and Vine


The Hatchery presents: Alina Pleskova, Nic Esposito, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and Jeff Markovitz

A brand new reading series at Bobby's Bar starts out strong with Poetry Jawns' Alina Pleskova, Head and the Hand's Nic Esposito, Thread Makes Blanket Press's Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, and fiction writer Jeff Markovitz. 

7 PM, Bobby's Bar, 2301 Frankford Ave


Friday, September 11

The Fuze Poetry Slam Featuring the 2015 Grand Slam Champ Cat Velez

Lowkey West Philly poetry slam open to all comers. Cash prize. 

8 PM, Studio 34, 45th and Baltimore


Saturday, September 12: DOUBLE HEADER

POETRY247 presents: Young, Gifted, & Black (A Celebration of Black Life) 

Celebrate Black lives with poets from Philly, New York and Baltimore.

8 PM, A Poets Art Gallery, 4032 Girard Ave


Frank O'Hara's Last Lover :: Lee Ann Brown, Laynie Browne, Brian Carpenter

Intimate reading series in the oldest Oyster House in Philadelphia.

7:30 PM, Snockey's Oyster House, 2 Washington Ave


Sunday, September 13

Moonstone GOLD Presents: Major Jackson

Don't miss. Literary star Major Jackson comes back to his Philly roots (he's a Temple grad and Pew fellow) with a performance and interview with Warren Longmire, former APIARY poetry editor. 


Tuesday, September 14

PBQ presents: Yolanda Wisher, Matthew Jakubowski, Boston Gordon, & Hannah Litvin

Quaff a beer and hear from established and emerging Philly writers, and connect with Drexel's excellent literary journal Painted Bride Quarterly. 

7:30 PM, 247 S. 17th Street


Thursday, September 17: DOUBLE HEADER

APIARY Presents: YOUTHQUAKE featuring David Jones

Our growing youth reading series is back for September with David Jones, the BRAND NEW YOUTH POET LAUREATE! We host our reading series at the Monkey & The Elephant, a cafe staffed by former foster youth. 

6:00 PM, The Monkey & The Elephant, 2831 W Girard



The founders of the brash fiction & poetry reading series TIREFIRE pass the torch to new organizers and go out with a reading of their own. 

7:00 PM, Tattooed Mom, 530 South Street 


 A FREE three-day celebration that brings together poets, printmakers, book artists, paper-makers, comics poetry artists, publishers, & arts enthusiasts to showcase, perform, & sell their work at Temple Contemporary. 

Visit the website for a full schedule of readings, book sales and parties. 

And visit the APIARY table on Saturday, September 19! 


Sunday, September 20: DOUBLE HEADER

A Conversation with Playwright Ntozake Shange and Director Oz Scott

Playwright Ntozake Shange and Broadway director Oz Scott discuss the development of game-changing play for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

4 PM, 1837 N Broad St


Random Name presents The Rogues

Diverse West Philly collective of activist, queer, poc and allied writers performs poems of love and protest. 

7:30 PM, Dahlak Paradise, 47th and Baltimore


Thursday, September 24 

Feminism/s Presents: Asali Solomon

Asali Solomon reads from her hit novel "Disgruntled," a coming of age story that begins just a few blocks from the Kelly Writers House. 

6:00 PM, Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk


Wednesday, September 30

SUBMIT: Moonstone Press' 1st Annual Chapbook Contest

Submissions accepted to September 30, 2015
Winner will receive a $300 cash prize, publication and 25 copies of the book, promotion on the Moonstone website and a reading in Philadelphia.



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