“Summonings” Launch Party

Join local poet Raena Shirali and friends to celebrate the launch of summonings with a night of poetry and art at Tattooed Mom, presented by Black Lawrence Press!

summonings investigates the ongoing practice of witch (“daayan”) hunting in India. These poems explore how antiquated and existing norms surrounding female mysticism in India and America inform each culture’s treatment of women, concepts that will be in conversation with the rest of the work from this incredible lineup of compelling Philadelphia poets.

In addition to readings from this collection and the work of Emma Brown Sanders, Cindy Arrieu-King, Kathy Fagan, Kim Gek Lin Short, and Alina Pleskova, the night will feature paintings by Brooklyn based artist Meera Dugal. All together, it will be a night of delicious drinks, tasty bites, and riveting art at a Philadelphia institution.




Raena Shirali
Ebs Brown Sanders
Kim Gek Lin Short
Cindy Arrieu-King
Alina Pleskova

With artwork by Meera Dugal


Tattooed Mom will be serving tasty eats and ice cold drinks all evening.
Upstairs dining, bar access, and event entry is 21+ w/ valid ID.

Spooky Poems 365

Spooky Poems 365 is titled as such because Halloween never leaves our hearts. A haunted poetry reading on the first of November. What’s scarier—ghosts, or the thought that winter is coming?

The reading takes place at Tattooed Mom’s from 6PM to 9PM. There are three featured readers, who will each read for 15 to 20 minutes. The featured readers will be followed by an open mic, hosted by Noah! Readers have 5 minutes to perform. Remember, the tone is spooky! Must be 21+ with valid ID to attend.


DOORS @ 6PM + SHOW @ 7-9PM


Lindsay Hargrave
Noah David Roberts
Robyn Hager


This event is obviously Halloween themed—but the idea came from Roberts’ most recent book, Final Girl Mythos, which is a collections of poems inspired by classic slasher movies. Roberts watched all the source movies over the summer—including watching films like Halloween and Friday the 13 th for the first time—and got really into the spooky spirit. Halloween is always with us! That is why the event is titled Spooky Poems 365.


Tattooed Mom will be serving tasty eats and ice cold drinks all evening.
Upstairs dining, bar access, and event entry is 21+ w/ valid ID.

Tire Fire Presents: Difrancesco, Longmire, & VandeZande

WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER TIRE FIRE! We know, we know, it’s been too long since you plopped down in a bumper car at Tattooed Mom and ate tots at one of your favorite writers. Why not remedy that by joining us on a rare Monday night for readings from local treasure WARREN C. LONGMIRE, visiting favorite ZACH VANDEZANDE, and, brand new to Philly, the great ALEX DIFRANCESCO!


DOORS @ 6:30PM + SHOW @ 7PM


Tattooed Mom will be serving tasty eats and ice cold drinks all evening.
Upstairs dining, bar access, and event entry is 21+ w/ valid ID.

Continental Breakfast: A Reading

A night of literature, comedy, smartassery, carousal, and other sundry mischief. Celebrating the release of his debut collection Continental Breakfast, unapologetically Midwestern poet Danny Caine will make his Philadelphia debut alongside luminaries Kaitlyn Andrews-Rice and Mike Ingram.

Topics covered could include but certainly aren’t limited to:

  • Guy Fieri
  • Beer commercials
  • Passover
  • Olive Garden
  • Bono
  • What happened in the parking lot of the Colorado Springs Hampton Inn
  • Automatic Faucets

Enjoy this event with our Pierogi Thursday specials:
50¢ vegan potato & onion pierogi from noon-10pm
& half price drafts 5-7pm and 10-11pm

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your pals!

Accidental Player Presents: Sean Collins’ Planchette!

The beloved Accidental Player reading series is returning to TMOMs in 2019 to celebrate the release of Sean Collins‘ new chapbook, Planchette, which also Accidental Player’s first release as a publisher!

The night will feature readings by Sean, Meg Pendoley, Ray DeJesús, and Sham-e-Ali Nayeem.

Doors 7pm // Reading 8pm

Enjoy this event with our Pierogi Thursday specials:
50¢ pierogi from noon-10pm
& half off all drafts 5-7pm and 10-11pm

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your pals!