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.

The Too Much Poetry Party: Book Release and Reading

A night of poetry and celebration! Award winning trans poet Gion Davis is on tour for the release of their debut collection, Too Much. Called “an uncompromising wonder” by Chen Chen and “a lonely, vulnerable, sexy book” by Willi Carlisle, Too Much looks at what it means to be queer and punk in the age of climate change and social imbalance. Davis’s book examines the detachment that comes along with growing up in rural America, guiding the reader through heartbreaks, road trips, bus rides, and loss while asking how much is too much in a world that is both overflowing and desolate.

The night will also feature readings from Philly poets Sadie Dupis, author of Cry Perfume and Mouthguard, Alina Pleskova, author of What Urge Will Save Us, and Amy Saul-Zerby, author of Deep Camouflage.




Gion Davis
Sadie Dupuis
Alina Pleskova
Amy Saul-Zerby


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.

Mouthguard: A Reading with Sadie Dupris

Sadie Dupuis is bringing her debut poetry collection, Mouthguard, to Tattooed Mom!
Mouthguard is out now from Gramma Press, and trust us when we say you won’t want to miss this collision of the Philadelphia lit world & the Philadelphia music scene!

This event is co-sponsored by Accidental Player & will be hosted by the ever-fantastic Gina Myers!
This event is free & 21+

Zach Blackwood

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

Join the Facebook Event and invite all your pals!

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.

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 🙂 }

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

MAD HOUSE 4: Johnson-Valenzuela, Schwartz, Myers, Colavita, Sutherland

Mad House Magazine presents a melodious showcase of poetic artistry in anticipation of Mad House Vol 4: REVOLT!

Gathered beautifully as it pupates from frantic emailing to layout stages, they will be selling preorders of the issue in order to have enough capitalist labor coupons to print copies in gorgeous full-color for everyone who wants one (& hopefully a few extra for people of the future who don’t know it exists yet).

Enjoy the perceptive, ungovernable work of these [5] poets:

+Sara Schwartz

+Gina Myers

+Angelo Colavita

+Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela

+Kirwyn Sutherland

Help us out by dropping in $10 for your copy and you’ll have our love and we’ll have a magazine waiting for you on reading night ♥

+Plus+ get a free copy of A SLENDER VOLUME little anthology zine! 🙂

Doors at 7:30, Reading to start by 8
50¢ pierogi from noon – 10pm
Half off all drafts 10-11pm