• dock street cannery + tasting lounge (map)
  • 705 South 50th Street
  • Philadelphia, PA, 19143
  • United States

Join us for another prose reading in our Creative At The Cannery series, which features a lineup of local writers followed by an open mic session.

This series is truly one of a kind in West Philly, and always ends up being special, energizing and inspiring. In addition to world-class writers, readers, academics and literati, many of whom live right here in the neighborhood, there’s also great beer and cocktails. Just saying…


The Lineup:



Jos Duncan is a multimedia producer, social entrepreneur, and Chief Storyteller at Love Now Media, a social enterprise with a mission to tell stories through media production and communications initiatives that lean towards justice, wellness and equity. Her film credits include a 6-part documentary series, Ser Un Ser Humano, Disney’s Invincible, Through A Lens Darkly, and dozens of independent documentary and short films. She has received recognition for her artistic work through numerous awards and fellowships from the American Folklore Society, PA Council on the Arts, the Leeway Foundation, and the Knight Foundation. Her educational work has included teaching at Educational Video Center in NYC, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, University of the Arts, the University of Pennsylvania, and Temple.

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Patrick McNeil's prose has been published by Philadelphia Stories, The Head and the Hand Press, Apiary Magazine, Italian American Magazine, and more. He organizes Philly's own Backyard Writers Workshop (www.backyardwriters.org) and the Artist Residency and Writers Retreat in Tufo, Italy (www.rosaditufo.com/writ), and he works at the Homeless Advocacy Project (haplegal.org), all because he's so big into community.



Nathaniel Popkin is the author of five books, including the new novel Everything is Borrowed (New Door Books), called “utterly absorbing” by the writer Robin Black, and the co-editor of Who Will Speak for America?, a literary anthology in response to the American political crisis (Temple University Press). He is the fiction review editor of Cleaver Magazine, as well as a prolific book critic—and National Book Critics Circle member—focusing on literary fiction and works in translation. His work has appeared in the Wall Street JournalPublic BooksRain TaxiTablet MagazineLitHubThe Millions, and the Kenyon Review, among other publications.

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Sabrina Vourvoulias (www.sabrinavourvoulias.com) is the author of Ink (Rosarium Publishing, 2018), an immigration dystopia that draws on her memories of Guatemala's armed internal conflict, and on the Latinx experience in the United States. Pulitzer-prize winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri, has said Ink is "as unsettling as is it is timely. A resonant, indelible novel."

Vourvoulias' short stories have appeared at Uncanny Magazine, Tor.com, Strange Horizons, GUD Magazine, PodCastle, Crossed Genres, and in numerous anthologies. She is also freelance journalist whose work has appeared at The Guardian US, PRI's The World, Philly.com, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia Magazine, City and State PA, and Al Día News, among others. Follow her on Twitter @followthelede and on Facebook @officialsabrinavourvoulias.