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
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
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
Lowkey West Philly poetry slam open to all comers. Cash prize.
8 PM, Studio 34, 45th and Baltimore
Saturday, September 12: DOUBLE HEADER
Celebrate Black lives with poets from Philly, New York and Baltimore.
8 PM, A Poets Art Gallery, 4032 Girard Ave
Intimate reading series in the oldest Oyster House in Philadelphia.
7:30 PM, Snockey's Oyster House, 2 Washington Ave
Sunday, September 13
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
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
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
SEPTEMBER 17 — 19: PHILALALIA SMALL PRESS FESTIVAL
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
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
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
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
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.