Spring has us feeling all creative-like (as usual). Time for another round of our beloved #CreativeAtTheCannery, the only prose reading series in West Philadelphia, and one of the most inclusive (yes, that includes the audience, too) literary events in the city. Our bi-monthly readings showcase incredible local writers who are talented wordsmiths in a range of fields, from university professors to published writers to journalists, and everything in between, in every sort of combination.

Come for the reading, and stay for the Open Mic - bring your work to read, or cheer on a friend.


Creative at the Cannery May 2019 Readers



Steve Vasquez Dolph is the translator of three novels by Juan José Saer, published by Open Letter Press: The Sixty-Five Years of Washington, Scars, and La Grande. He has worked as an assistant teaching professor of Spanish in the Department of Global Studies & Modern Languages at Drexel. His research and teaching look at early modern Iberian and transatlantic literature and human ecology. He was the 2016-17 Brizdle-Shoenberg Fellow in the History of Material Texts and co-founder of the Early Modern Iberia (EMI) Study Group at the University of Pennsylvania. 



Paul Lisicky is the author of five books, including The Narrow DoorUnbuilt Projects, and Lawnboy. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Fence, Conjunctions, The New York Times, Tin House, and elsewhere. His awards include fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, the NEA, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, where he has served on the Writing Committee since 2000. He is an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Brooklyn. His sixth book, Later, is forthcoming from Graywolf Press in March 2020.

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Erlina Ortiz is a Dominican-American playwright, performer, and theatre maker from Reading, PA based in Philadelphia. Her plays on gentrification, domestic violence, and rape culture have been produced with Power Street Theatre Company where she is proud to be resident playwright. She is a member of Philly emerging playwrights lab The Foundry and New Pages with Azuka Theatre Company. Erlina has enjoyed adventuring on the Amtrak Writer’s residency, and the Signal Fire Outpost Residency on Mount St. Helens. Erlina believes being an artist is a superpower, she believes in using her powers for good. Up Next: Morir Sonyando at Passage Theatre Company, which opens on May 4, and a remounting of  Power Street’s hit show MinorityLand which she will also be directing opening in September. #theatrewillsaveus



Rone Shavers’s fiction has appeared in various journals known for showcasing innovative work, including ACM: Another Chicago MagazineIdentity TheoryLongformNth Word, Pank magazine, Thought Catalog, and Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas. His non-fiction essays and essay-length reviews have appeared in BOMBMagazine, EBR: Electronic Book ReviewFiction Writers Review, the Los Angeles Reader, and The Quarterly Conversation. Dr. Shavers teaches fiction and contemporary literature at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.