Free community arts events in Philly this Friday-Sunday!

Want to get out of the house despite the rain and cold? There’s so many great things happening in Philly this weekend that should inspire you to put on a raincoat and get out! Here’s a few picks of arts and cultural events being organized by some of the talented and amazing people I know:



Poet Hila Ratzabi is producing this lovely poetry reading (where my sweetheart will be photographing–check him out if you need an event photographer!)








Visual artist Sosena Solomon  presents a pop installation of her piece MERKATO.








Mytili Jagannathan will be reading at Head House books along with two other creative writers.

Jubilant Thicket
Head House Books, 619 S 2nd

Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton College and a former Kundiman fellow. Her books include People Are Tiny in Paintings of China (Octopus, 2010) and Manifest (Switchback, 2013). Her poems and reviews have appeared this year in Denver Quarterly, The Kenyon Review, diode, and horse less review. Her radio show The Last Word for 91.7 WLFR Pomona NJ contributes a podcast regularly to The Conversant. She splits her time between the East Coast and Kentucky.

Mytili Jagannathan listens to the notion that “every letter is an alphabet,” making poems that investigate public and private space, power, gender, property, desire, collectivity, and the conditions of speech. She is the author of Acts, a chapbook from Habenicht Press. Her poems have appeared in Sous Rature, EOAGH, Rattapallax, Mirage#4/Period[ical], Combo, Fanzine, Interlope, Xcp: Cross-Cultural Poetics, and Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry. She’s currently dreaming up film/poetry collaborations with filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi, which so far has yielded the short Up Against (also in collaboration with electronic musician Gralin Hughes) for the “Shelter” episode of the Termite TV Collective.

Robert Ostrom is the author of The Youngest Butcher in Illinois. He lives in Queens and teaches at the City University of New York and Columbia University.




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