Pennsylvania

In 2018, Raquel Salas Rivera was named poet laureate of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Rivera will serve a two-year term.

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Jan 26 2019
Grief, and What Comes After Book Launch Party

The poet Ailey O’Toole will be reading from her debut collection, Grief, and What Comes After (Rhythm & Bones Press, 2018).

This fierce first collection, a compilation of pain, rejuvenation and rebirth, pioneers landscapes of forgiveness, where Ailey O’Toole’s poems ascend to create a resting place of self-compassion and atonement. Follow along as O’Toole recounts her journey from emotional decimation to a place of redemption and self-love. Her shuttles of reckoning dive-bomb and crash, but never fail to pull passengers from the wreckage. These poems are a punch to the gut, a heart beating on the page, a nightmare turned daydream, as Ailey O’Toole buries what we hope to find and helps us see grace in the wild. How do we heal after re-injuring ourselves the same way? Following any major collapse, O’Toole helps us to find resiliency within ourselves in her debut collection.

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7:00pm
551 Carpenter Lane
19119 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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I burn your Highland Park. I acid your Carnegie
car dealerships. Your Squirrel Hill, sheer terror
in winter. But most of all, I hate your Liberty Avenue,
the last place, one night, I saw my closest friend
saying, Wait here, outside the after-hours club. I wait,
hating your Strip,