Choose Your Own Beginning: Book Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of CHOOSE YOUR OWN BEGINNING (Be About It Press) with an evening of poetry at Tattooed Mom! The event will feature readings by local poets Violet Gehringer, Warren C. Longmire, Nicole Steinberg, Alison Lubar, and Amy Saul-Zerby.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase.




Praise for Choose Your Own Beginning:

“Amy Saul-Zerby’s language is direct, beautifully clipped—a terseness that poem after poem swells into an expansive reckoning with depression, love, and, of course, the self. Insight, here, is hard-won. These memorable poems ripple with intimacies and linguistic pleasures. They will stay with you.”
– Eduardo C. Corral, author of Guillotine


“Amy Saul-Zerby’s unforgettable new collection is revelatory in its frankness and sexy in its cool detachment. Hungry, seductive, confessional, pithy, the intimacy of these poems is bracing and gorgeous.”
– Richie Hofmann, author of A Hundred Lovers


“Choose Your Own Beginning is a collection of beauty, devastation, and deep resilience resonating through every poem.”
– Ariel Francisco, author of Under Capitalism If Your Head Aches They Just Yank Off Your Head


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.

Ivanna Baranova’s CONFIRMATION BIAS Book Launch

Join us for a Metatron Press book launch and reading at Tattooed Mom, celebrating the launch of Ivanna Baranova‘s CONFIRMATION BIAS, her debut collection of poetry.


Ivanna Baranova (NYC) ☾
jasper avery
chariot birthday wish
Alina Pleskova
Zach Blackwood


Enjoy this event with our Meatless Monday specials:
1/2 off our full veggie menu noon-10pm
& half price drafts 5-7pm and 10-11pm

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your pals!

Thirty West Presents #30, ft. Chevalier, Cannarella, Kota, Lynch, Torres

Thirty West Publishing hosted their very first reading at Tattooed Mom back in 2017, and we’re thrilled to welcome them back to celebrate their 30th reading!

Join us for Thirty West Presents #30, a performance & open mic poetry event created by Thirty West Publishing House! Come out for food & drink specials, and a plethora of fantastic authors, writers, and poets! Poetry comes alive at night, and there’s no better place to experience it than Tattooed Mom!


Featuring Ryan Torres, Sean Lynch, Richelle Kota, Jane-Rebecca Cannarella, and Faye Chevalier.

Features will have up to 15 mins to read. Open mic readers will have up to 3 mins.

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 poetry pals!

You Can’t Kill A Poet: 5 Year Anniversary!

Five years ago we got together for the first time. Now we’re celebrating with old favorites and new readers. You Can’t Kill A Poet is dedicated to providing a space for queer and/or trans writers to share their work. Invite yer favorite gays and come see why you can’t kill a poet!

Doors 7:30pm // Reading 8pm
Free & 21+

Berry Grass
Laura Kochman
lii xu
Genise Deal
Quinn Rodriquez
Cashmere Harper

Enjoy this event with our Burger Wednesday specials:
$4 Mom’s Beef Burgers & Mom’s Veggie Burgers,
$2 Narragansett Lager Tall Boys,
a special Burger of the Month,
& half off all drafts 5-7 and 10-11pm

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your pals!

“Master Din’s Sinister Sextet…” Book Release!

Welcome one and all for a book release fete for “Master Din’s Sinister Sextet Grim and Grave Admonitions for Mischievous and Overly Curious Children” with poetry by Susurrus Din and otherworldly illustrations by Paul Romano, Jeremy Hush, and Dylan Garrett-Smith!

This event will also feature readings from poets par excellence Angelo Colavita, Kailey Tedesco, and Chris McCreary! Work of the illustrating artists will be available for sale.

This event is free to attend & 21+.

Enjoy this event with our Taco Tuesday specials:
$1 Tacos
$2.50 Tecate
a special Taco of the Month,
& half off all drafts 5-7 & 10-11pm

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your spooky poetry loving pals!

Cheap Yellow Book Release Party & Poetry Reading

NOTE: Due to winter storm weather the readers will not be able to make to Philadelphia. This event is POSTPONED and will be rescheduled for May. Watch this space for a new date!

Come out and support our talented Philadelphia poets for an evening of live readings & poetry, and celebrate as Shy Watson releases their new poetry collection, Cheap Yellow.

Bound books & zines will be available for purchase…get the authors to sign them before they’re too famous for TMoms!

amy saul-zerby
prairie m faul
zach blackwood 
ash strange
ted tarnovski
shy watson

FREE admission!
Starts at 7pm

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

Tire Fire Presents: Gerard, Saul-Zerby, Crawford, & Trivedi

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH…Tire Fire is back with live readings from Sarah Gerard, Amy Saul-Zerby, Ian Carlos Crawford, and Amish Trivedi!

Donations will be collected for Prevention Point Philadelphia, an organization providing harm reduction services to Philadelphia and the surrounding area, and will be matched by TMoms!

Doors at 7, readings start around 8.

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

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Femme-tastic x-mas poetry

Come celebrate the holidays by unwrapping & unravelling with local poets Alina Pleskova, Stephanie Kaylor, Raquel Salas Rivera, Raena Shirali & Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela.

There will be booze; there will be vibes; there will likely be a lot of hugging. Plus, the poets will have books for sale. Let’s get festive!!

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

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