Monday Poets

The Free Library is pleased to present Monday Poets on a Monday evening every month, year round. Now in its 24th year, the Monday Poets Reading Series showcases a variety of talented poets with local and national reputations. Readings take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Heim Center of the Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine Street. Copies of the featured poets’ books may be available for cash purchase. This year we also will have two open-mic readings for those interested in presenting their work. For additional information, please call the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Literature Department at 215-686-5402.

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Monday Poets | Octavia McBride-Ahebee & Sekai'afua Zankel

Mon, February 10, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Octavia McBride-Ahebee’s work presents human relationships within the context of global inequality. Her poetry collections include Assuming Voices (2003) , Where My Birthmark Dances (2011) and most recently Praise Song for the Gravediggers (2019). Her work has appeared in The Beloit Poetry…

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Monday Poets | David Ebenbach & Shane McCrae

Mon, March 2, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

David Ebenbach is the author of the poetry collections Some Unimaginable Animal (2019), and We Were the People Who Moved (2015). His other books include The Artist’s Torah (2012), a nonfiction guide to creativity, and the novel Miss Portland (2017). He teaches creative writing and…

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Monday Poets | Nausheen Eusuf & Elizabeth Scanlon

Wed, April 1, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Nausheen Eusuf is a PhD candidate in English at Boston University and a graduate of the writing seminars at John Hopkins University. Her poetry has appeared in The American Scholar, Poetry Daily, Salmagundi, PN Review, Smartish Pace, World Literature Today, and other journals. Her first…

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Monday Poets | Eleanor Wilner & Ellen Bass

Mon, May 4, 2020 6:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

Eleanor Wilner’s books of poetry include maya (1979), Shekhinah (1984), Sarah’s Choice (1989), Otherwise (1993), Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems (1998), The Girl with Bees in Her Hair (2004), and Tourist in Hell (2010). She is a winner of two pushcart Prizes; and…

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