April is here and even though there’s snow in the forecast, it still feels like spring has officially sprung. It’s National Poetry Month and Philly’s lit scene is totally in bloom. Check out some of these cool events happening this April, and leave us a comment about anything we’ve missed.

 

April 2, 2018, 8pm. Open Mic hosted by Philly’s own, Misty Ross at Lucky 13 Pub in South Philly. This monthly open mic is open to all genres and they’re hoping to see more folks come out to perform. Show up by 7:45 to sign up to perform/read.

tea cups and poetry

Spring time and poetry just seem to go together…even if it is snowing outside.

April 5, 2018, 7:30pm U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith brings her latest book of poetry, Wade in the Water, to the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. What better way to kick off National Poetry Month, than by listening to this gifted poet share her work. Note, there is a fee to attend this event.

April 7, 2018, 12:30pm. Junot Diaz is bringing his first children’s book, Islandborn, to the Parkway Central Library for a reading billed as a children’s event, but we’re guessing it will be attended by lots of grown-folk-fans of Diaz. The auditorium for the event is already sold out, but you can still get tickets to watch the simulcast in the lobby. Visit the Library website for more information.

April 7, 2018, 9:30am – 3:30pm. The LitLife Poetry Festival returns to Rosemont College. Philadelphia Stories presents a day-long celebration of poetry with lectures, workshops and readings in this fourth annual poetry conference. The cost to attend varies. See the website for more details.

April 19, 2018, 7pm. All But True Reading Series at Penn Book Center.  Writers, Sebastian Castillo and Sharon White will read and discuss their work for an evening of  “Flash Fiction with a Surreal Twist.” For more information about the authors and the event, visit the Penn Book Center website.

April 28, 2018, 7pm. Book launch for Artificial Intelligence by Meredith Broussard at the Big Blue Marble bookstore in Mt. Airy. “In Artificial Unintelligence, Meredith Broussard argues that our collective enthusiasm for applying computer technology to every aspect of life has resulted in a tremendous amount of poorly designed systems. We are so eager to do everything digitally — hiring, driving, paying bills, even choosing romantic partners — that we have stopped demanding that our technology actually work.” Considering Uber’s self-driving car recently ran over and killed a woman, there couldn’t be a better time for this book to debut.