No Spare People: Book Party & Poetry Showcase

Card-carrying Philiterati, fellow poets and poetesses, bookish types, and imaginative people who like fun, come through Tattooed Moms for a night of readings to celebrate No Spare People, the new poetry collection by Erin Hoover.




As part of a special Black Lawrence Press poetry showcase, Hoover will read from No Spare People alongside her press mates local and near to Philly: Claudia Cortese (Wasp Queen), Nancy Reddy (Acadiana), and Raena Shirali (summonings). 

No Spare People’s poems explore the agency and autonomy of queer motherhood while documenting life on the margins in the South. About the book, Jessica Jacobs wrote, “[These] poems do not give up, continually questioning the constraints of an American South in which “some days, I’m the pioneer wife, / keeper of the homestead, but others / I’m absurdly educated for a uterus.” 

Hoover is native to Pennsylvania but visiting now from Tennessee, where she lives.

Friend-of-the-press Keith Kopka will host, and the night will feature a specially created custom cocktail, the Black Lawrence Manhattan. Feed your heads, hearts, and tummies at a Philadelphia institution.



What’s Up at TMoms:

Tuesdays, 4-11pm | The triumphant return of Taco Tuesday is finally here! Y’all better zoom down for $1.50 beef or bean tacos every Tuesday!! And wash it all down with $3 Tecate!

Daily Happy Hour | All drafts are just $4 every day from 4-6pm!

Daily Menu | Tattooed Mom will also be serving tasty eats and ice cold drinks all evening.

• Upstairs dining, bar access, and event entry is 21+ w/ valid ID.

“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.