Becoming Philadelphia Series

Geffery Davis

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

We invite you to participate in this series of FREE poetry readings & our signature First Person Arts StoryShare Circles in the communities where you live. We want to hear your stories of becoming a Philadelphian. Night Angler...

Becoming Philadelphia Series

Jericho Brown

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Who is this nation? Where does freedom truly lie? Jericho Brown will read from his new collection The Tradition that speaks to core concerns of everyone who is from somewhere else, becoming Philadelphia. His poems of fatherhood, legacy,...

Becoming Philadelphia Series

Ladan Osman

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Are feelings of displacement and alienation echoes of the longing Adam and Eve felt upon their exile from Eden? Osman’s work is a lyric and exegetic response to problems of race, gender, displacement, and colonialism. She is also the author...

Becoming Philadelphia Series

Taylor Mali

Sunday, November 10, 2019

We invite you to participate in this series of FREE poetry readings & our signature First Person Arts StoryShare Circles in the communities where you live. We want to hear your stories of becoming a Philadelphian Taylor Mali is...

Becoming Philadelphia Series

Tina Chang

Saturday, November 16, 2019

The poems in Tina Chang’s new collection are an examination of mixed race through the lens of motherhood, and an open interpretation of violence selfhood and history. Tina Chang was raised in New York City. She is the first female to be...

Beyond Expectations

Engaging Males of Color

Pre-registration closed - Walkups Welcomed

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pre-registration has closed.   We will be accepting walkups at the box office and allowing their admission starting at 6:45 PM. Coming Home after incarceration is a new beginning, challenging, and even at times hilarious. Join us for...

Immortal Series

Socrates Now

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

SOCRATES NOW is a 90-minute solo performance-discourse, which captures the essence of Socratic ethics in an accessible and engaging manner and has been performed to great acclaim at the United Nations, the Athens Agora, the NBC Today Show, and in...

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The First Time

Must be 21 years or older to attend

Monday, November 4, 2019

First Person Arts and the Erotic Literary Salon have joined forces to produce the Erotic Slam – First Time. Curated presenters will read their edgy pieces that have the capacity to transform, banish sexual shame and...

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StorySlam

Must be 21 years or older to attend

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

We can’t get enough of your stories and we decided to add one more StorySlam this year. And we want you to decide on the theme! You have three categories to choose from: Romance, Comedy of Errors, and Sexy. Give a suggestion for each. Go...

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GrandSlam

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Chris Lundy, one of your favorite hosts, returns for our 18th birthday!  This season’s StorySlam winners go head-to-head for the title of “Best Storyteller in Philadelphia,” free First Person Arts Slam admission for...

Women on the Revolution

#ImNoJaneDoe

A celebration of the power of a woman's voice

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Megan Twohey, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Reporter and co-author of She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement; Jim DeRogatis, author of Soulless - The Case Against R. Kelly, Larissa Marten activist,...

Women on the Revolution

Out of the Shadows

This event is supported by New Century Trust

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Women’s reproductive rights are under attack in states all across the country. Join us for this multigenerational event at the Friends Center where brave women will share stories from the frontlines of the fight for abortion...

Women on the Revolution

I Killed the Cow

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Follow one woman's humorous journey to unearth the defining moments of her life that make her a survivor - her relationship with her mother, first love, and first therapy session - all of which ultimately allows her to come to terms...

Workshops

Holiday Gift Making

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Turn your own story into a holiday gift! Join Linda Dubin Garfield, printmaker/mixed media artist, for a Mixed Media Memoir Workshop at Da Vinci Art Alliance. Materials provided but we encourage you to bring significant personal mementos,...

Workshops

SlamCamp with Nimisha Ladva

Saturday, November 9, 2019

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Have you ever thought about putting your name in the First Person Arts Slam bucket but stopped yourself? This class is to unstop you! SlamCamp for Beginners is designed for beginners but is open to all storytellers who...

Workshops

Che Guerrera Comedy SlamCamp

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Che Guerrero’s stand-up workshops are designed for complete beginners or those with relatively little experience writing and telling their own jokes in front of a crowd. It’s a great safe space to start because it will help you get...