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Book Clubs and Reading Series

Poetry is Not a Luxury Book Club

A monthly book club, led by Elliott batTzedek, MFA,  where we'll use the best contemporary poets to explore the most urgent social issues. Each month we'll focus on a different book, along with individual poems from other poets addressing similar issues. We'll be discussing poetry as poets do, listening for sound, playing with language, considering joy and sorrow. No quizzes on "hidden meanings" here - reading poetry should be a journey, not a standardized test! And you can expect visit from some of Philly's best poetic voices.

We meet fourth Wednesdays of the month from 7:00-8:30pm, with a few date changes around holidays. You can purchase the current book club selection in the store at a 10% discount.

Our 2017-2018 season focuses on Voices of the Silenced/Voices of the Resistance. See our reading list here


Rad Parents' Book Club

A monthly group for parents and their families to talk about books, kids, and parenting. We meet the last Sunday of every month at 10:30am. There is no need to commit to coming to all the groups - come when you can! Email us with questions at

You can purchase the current book club selection in the store at a 10% discount.

Upcoming Selection(s):
August 27: Life Moves Pretty Fast by Hadley Freeman
September 24: Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
October 29: Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
November 26: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
December 31: You Are Badass by Jen Sincero


Poetry Aloud & Alive

Poetry Aloud & Alive is the longest-running reading series at Big Blue Marble. Created by The Mad Poets Society, the series is organized by poets Mike Cohen and Dave Worrell. Each month has a featured reader and an open mic.

The series is usually booked each December for the following year. To find out how to read, contact the Mad Poets Society.

Upcoming Featured Poets

August 25: David Kertis
September 22: Hiram Larew
October 27: Nina Schafer
November 17: Rau Greenblatt
December 15: Mike Cohen and Dave Worrell

Dungeons & Dragons



Big Blue Marble is currently hosting two tables, one on Mondays and one on Thursdays.

On Thursdays from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm, an ongoing group of players ages 9 - 13 play in the Community Room on the 3rd floor.

On Monday evenings, a group of players age 16 and up play on the 2nd floor. They are on break through August but will then resume.

Philly Poetic Resistance

Philly Poetic Resistance is a new group, meeting on the 4th Thursday of each month for an evening of sharing poetry and resistance! Bring a poem (your own or just one you love) on each month's theme. Philly Poetic Resistance is a group of poets and people who love poetry, who believe in the power of words to repair the world and bring into being a gentler, more just society. All are welcome!

For more information, contact organizer Laurie Pollack at