Blue Stoop
A Home for Philly Writers


We help connect nationally touring writers to venues in Philadelphia & curate events highlighting local writers that are free & open to the public.

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We curate an events series that puts nationally touring writers in conversation with local Philadelphia writers. All events are free & open to the public. We also host an informal writers happy hour on the third Sunday of each month. Click here for images from our past events.

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Blue Stoop presents: Alice Bolin, Andrew Martin, & Lydia Kiesling

Alice Bolin lives in Memphis, Tennessee and teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at the University of Memphis. She writes mostly long-form critical essays about literature, music, and pop culture. Her first collection of essays, Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession, was published by Morrow/HarperCollins in June 2018 to wide acclaim.

Andrew Martin's stories and criticism have appeared in The Paris Review, ZZVZZYA, and elsewhere. Early Work, called "seductive and masterful" by The New York Times Book Review is his first novel. 

Lydia Kiesling is the editor of The Millions, where she has been writing reviews, essays, and the semi-regular Modern Library Revue since 2009. Her writing has appeared at a variety of outlets including The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerThe Guardian, and Slate, and was recognized in Best American Essays 2016. The Golden State is her first novel. 

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the historic Pen and Pencil Club, at 1522 Latimer St. Drinks available for purchase.