An evening of local poetry with John O. Mason

John O. Mason presents an evening of literature with local Philly poets Frank Sherlock and Irving Jones.

Frank Sherlock is the author of Life Is to Blame for EverythingSpace Between These Lines Not DedicatedOver HereThe City Real & Imagined (w/ CAConrad) and a collaboration with Brett Evans entitled Ready-to-Eat Individual. Poems beyond the page have found their forms in installations/performances/exhibitions, including Organize Your Own: The Politics & Poetics of Self-Determination. He is a 2013 Pew Fellow and 2014-15 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia.

John O. Mason will have copies of his anthology, All Of The Above, along with two other poetry volumes.

$4 Hamburgers & Vegan Burgers until midnight
$2 Narragansett Lager Tall Boys all day
Half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm

Thirty West literary event

Thirty West Presents returns for an evening of poetry and live readings by local Philadelphia authors. Plus, a live art raffle will take place between readings. $3/ticket for your chance to WIN!

Featuring:
Zach Blackwood
Amy Saul-Zerby
Kat Malozovsky

An EARLY BIRD SPECIAL sale of West’s “HEAD”, as well as art prints & Thirty West merch, will be available for purchase.  Standard & limited editions of published works and trading cards will be on hand at this event.

50¢ pierogi until 10pm
Half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm

It’s Called Self Expression: live readings

Alexandra Naughton is back in Philly for the wedding of her first ex-boyfriend.  Join her, and three other amazingly talented poets and writers, as they attempt to make sense of this thing called Being-An-Adult through live readings of their work.  One night only!

50¢ pierogi until 10pm
Half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm

Shy Watson is a poet, bartender, & painter currently living in Philadelphia. She is the author of AWAY STATUS (Bottlecap Press 2016) & my parents were going to give me your name if i was born a boy (Bottlecap Press 2017).

Amy Saul-Zerby is a Philadelphia-based poet. Her first collection, Paper Flowers Imaginary Birds, was published by Be About It Press in 2017. Her writing has also appeared in TheNewerYork, Painted Bride Quarterly, Spy Kids Review, and The YOLO Pages, and she is managing editor of the spoken word-based publication Voicemail Poems & multimedia editor of APIARY Magazine.

Alexandra Naughton is turning 32 this year and doesn’t believe she will ever settle down or be a homeowner. Regardless, she is living her best literary life and wants to share some work with you. You should humor her.

P.E. Garcia is an editor-at-large at the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. They have a good dog.

Mad House v.4 release party

Mad House returns to host a release party for Volume 4 of their incredible literary magazine!  Support our Philadelphia literary scene while listening to local published authors and poets.

READINGS by:
Talon Bazille-Ducheneaux
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela
Patrick Blagrave
Mel Bentley
Jacob Camacho
Lindo Yes
Berry Grass
Kirwyn Sutherland
Amy Saul-Zerby

Copies will be for sale at the party { or claim your preorder 🙂 }

Tire Fire Presents: Solomon, Myers, Arrand & Castillo

This is the LAST TIRE FIRE….until September.

Come celebrate with them on a rare burger Wednesday with readings from:

Like the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Asali Solomon was West Philadelphia born and raised, but left the area for twenty years after high school. She attended college at Barnard College in New York, received a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley and an MFA in Fiction at the University of Iowa. She’s the author of Get Down (FSG, 2006) and Disgruntled (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2015), and an assistant professor of English at Haverford College.

Gina Myers is the author of A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013). Her essays and reviews have appeared in Fanzine, Frontier Psychiatrist, Coldfront Magazine, Philadelphia Review of Books, and other places. Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Myers lives in Philadelphia.

Colette Arrand is a student at the University of Georgia, studying English Literature. She is the author of Hold Me Gorilla Monsoon (Opo Books & Objects, 2017). She is the founding editor of The Wanderer and the non-fiction editor of Heavy Feather Review. She currently lives in Athens, GA, where she runs Fear of a Ghost Planet, a zine press and distro.

Sebastian Castillo is the author of 49 Venezuelan Novels. He lives in Philadelphia, where he teaches writing. He asks that his friends and family put a video of Cam’ron counting a stack of money while freestyling on a 2003 episode of BET’s The Basement on his grave, somehow.

This month, they’ll be raising money for the Women’s Law Project, “the only public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to the rights of women and girls. We are a leading voice in the fight for equal access to reproductive healthcare and abortion, improving institutional response to all forms of violence against women, challenging sex & gender discrimination, and advocating for workplace equality and economic justice. We’re proud to be a state-based organization with a significant track record of national influence, and an extensive track record of legal precedents and policy reforms that advance the rights of women and their families—particularly those with few resources and little political power.”

Doors at 7, reading around 8.

$4 Hamburgers & Vegan Burgers until midnight
$2 Narragansett Lager Tall Boys all day
Half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm

You Can’t Kill A Poet

Dozens of talented queer and/or trans authors and poets have contributed to the past 3 years of You Can’t Kill A Poet.  Come out and enjoy a selection of these past readers while enjoying  good words, good drinks, and the celebration of three years of queer and trans folks sharing their work.

Scheduled Readers:
Berry Grass
Emma Sanders
Jessica Levine
Gabriel Ojeda-Sague
Lauren Yates
Alina Pleskova
Zach Blackwood
Julia Perch
Plus MORE to be announced!

$1 all beef or veggie bean tacos (until we run out!)
$2.50 Tecates all day
Half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm

Tire Fire Presents: Bomer, Housely, Sutherland, Eckes

Tire Fire is back with a great lineup of some favorites!  Paula Bomer, Dave Housley, Kirwyn Sutherland, and Ryan Eckes bring verbal evidence of the absolute refinement in the Philadelphia literary scene.

This month, they’re supporting CAIR – Philadelphia Chapter, whose mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. With Civil Rights Advocacy, Media, Interfaith, Education and Youth Leadership, CAIR-Philadelphia brings an Assertive Muslim American Perspective to the Table. And as always, the bar will be matching all of their donations.

Support local authors….grab up a copy of Barrelhouse Magazine and be sure to get your copy of the authors’ works today!

Doors at 7, reading around 8.

50¢ pierogi until 10pm. Check out our NEW VEGAN signature potato & onion pierogis.
Half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm