Posted by Lillian Dunn

From workshops to slams to romantic readings, there are some delightful literary events going on in the coming week. Don't miss out!

You know The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam always brings one featured poet who blows your mind and inspires all the local competitors in the room. This month it’s Dasan Ahanu of North Carolina. Get there TODAY (February 6) at 7:00 p.m. for a free workshop with Dasan or show up at 8:30 to make sure you get a seat at the slam. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St, 19123

Do you know a teen who loves writing? On Saturday, February 7, get them to Philly Youth Poetry Movement’s free Saturday workshops at the Painted Bride (232 Vine Street) from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. This week: learn how to improvise a freestyle, and shake loose your creativity in the process.

On Sunday, February 8, see the city’s Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock read with Youth Poet Laureate Soledad Alfaro-Allah, as well as poet Chris McCreary at the ever-diverse and delightful Jubliant Thicket reading series. The Poet Laureate program names one adult and one teen poet to promote poetry across this great city. 5 p.m., Head House Books, 619 S. 2nd St.

Tuesday, February 11, comedian B.J. Novak (yeah, that’s Ryan from The Office) comes to the Free Library to read from his new book One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories. 7:30 p.m. Central Library, 19th and Vine.

Ready for Valentine’s weekend? Next Friday, February 13, mark your calendar for the Love Stinks reading at Molly’s Books and Records, 1010 S. 9th St. The reading lists “special broken-hearted guest host Ryan Eckes” for this poetry lineup, with doors at 7, poems at 8, and “libertine writhing/key party sometime after 10 if we are VERY fortunate.”

Have a very lucky weekend, all!