Literature Department

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-686-5402

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Upcoming Events

Monday Poets | Katie Ford & Paul Lisicky

Mon, Oct 15, 6:30 P.M.

Cost: FREE

KATIE FORD’ S latest book of poetry is If You Have to Go , published by Graywolf Press.  Her three previous collections are Blood…

Shakespeare in the World Lecture Series: Shakespeare and Honor

Wed, Nov 7, 6:00 P.M.

Lecture will be held in Room 108. Variations of the word “honor” appear more than nine hundred times in Shakespeare’s plays and…

Monday Poets | Megan Gillespie & Al Tacconelli

Mon, Nov 19, 6:30 P.M.

MEGAN GILLESPIE is the current poet laureate of Montgomery County. Her work has appeared in  The Florida Review , New Delta Review ,…

Monday Poets| Raquel Salas Rivera & Wes Matthews

Mon, Dec 3, 6:30 P.M.

WES MATTHEWS was born in Detroit and began writing poetry at age 10. He is a two-time Brave New Voices competitor, a 2016 TEDx speaker, and winner…

The Poets of the First World War - A Reading

Mon, Dec 10, 6:00 P.M.

Join us for a commemoration of the centennial of the armistice that ended the Great War.  A selection of local poets will present some of the…

Monday Poets| Open Mic

Mon, Jan 7, 6:30 P.M.

MONDAY POETS at the Free Library of Philadelphia in 2018-2019 includes two open mic programs, one in January of 2019 and one in April.…

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The Literature Department contains over 100,000 volumes on literary theory, literary criticism, poetry, drama, essays, biographies of writers, folklore, journalism, dictionaries and language and linguistics. It also has the largest number of works by and about Shakespeare in the State of Pennsylvania.