Blue Stoop
A hub for literary Philly




Use this list of literary magazines, presses, reading series, bookstores, MFA creative writing programs, retreats, conferences & more to connect with fellow literary citizens & organizations around Philadelphia! Ever-changing & non-exhaustive; if you want to be added or have you information updated, email us at

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Literary magazines

Apiary (work with a Philadelphia connection, all genres)
Barrelhouse (high brow & low brow, all genres)
Linden Avenue (focus on diversity, all genres)
Caldera Magazine (POC & LGBTQIA authors, all genres)
American Poetry Review (poetry)
StoryQuarterly (short fiction, based at Rutgers-Camden)
Bedfellows (all genres, writing pertaining to sex/desire/intimacy)
Painted Bride Quarterly (all genres)
Cleaver (poetry, fiction, CNF, art, graphic novel, comics, book reviews & interviews)
Split Lip Magazine (poetry, fiction, CNF, art, music writing, film writing)
Bookends Review (fiction, CNF, poetry, interviews, book reviews & art)
The Tiny (poetry)
Prolit (all genres)
Philadelphia Stories (fiction, poetry, CNF, interviews from writers based in Philadelphia & Delaware Valley)
Hippocampus Magazine (Creative Nonfiction)
Underground Pool (featuring writing from UArts students)
River Heron Review (poetry)
Schuylkill Valley Journal (fiction, CNF, poetry, interviews, art)
Rathalla Review (fiction, flash fiction, CNF, poetry, interviews, art)
FOLDER (one poet per month)
Rhythm & Bones (small press & magazine featuring trauma-inspired writing)
Root Quarterly (art, ideas, criticism)
Title Magazine (art reviews, criticism, projects, poetry & prose by local writers)
Glassworks Magazine (fiction, poetry, CNF, art, & flash)
Green Blotter (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and visual art by undergraduates)
Tilde Lit Journal (poems, fiction, and nonfiction work from writers across the world)
Claer Mag (visual art, written works, etc. of and by queer artists)
Nightblock (poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, comics, short films)


Lanternfish Press (short fiction, novels, novella, CNF)
The Head & The Hand Press (novels, poetry, stories, almanacs)
Empty Set Press (conceptual & experimental poetry)
Temple University Press (scholarly & anthologies)
University of Pennsylvania Press (scholarly & education)
Paul Dry Books (fiction, biography, memoirs, history, & essays)
Running Press (commercial fiction, adult nonfiction, YA, & children’s)
Quirk Books (bold, unconventional, trend, & YA)
New Door Books (innovative book-length fiction)
Tursulowe Press (stories about women, POC, LGBTQ; all services available on a sliding scale)
Saturnalia Books (poetry)
Wild River Books (novels, oral history, self-help, memoir)
Frayed Edge Press (edgy, fiction, poetry, history, politics)
West Philly Press (poetry, erotica, fiction, memoir, & essays)
Thread Makes Blanket Press (work by underrepresented voices, political work)
Split Lip Press (poetry, short fiction collections, novellas, anthologies, memoirs, essay collections, & novels)
Thirty West Publishing House (handmade poetry chapbooks)
Moonstone Press (poetry anthologies & chapbooks)
Radiator Press (poetry)
Accidental Player (poetry)
HOOT (poetry and micro prose: flash fiction, poetry, memoir, non-fiction, book reviews)
Meow Meow Pow Pow (broadside graffiti)
PS Books (book-length work all genres with a Philadelphia/Delaware Valley connection)

Reading Series

Tire Fire @ Tattooed Mom (prose, visiting & local writers)
You Can’t Kill a Poet @ Tattooed Mom (queer & trans writers)
Hatchery Reading Series @ The Monkey Club (prose, local writers)
Creative At The Cannery @ Cannery Dock Street (prose, local writers)
Writers in Camden (prominent authors visiting Rutgers-Camden MFA program, open to public)
Philly Homebrew Reading Series @ Philly Homebrew Outlet West (prose & poetry, local writers)
The Philly Pigeon @ various venues (poetry slams, poets of color)
UArts Visiting Writers Series (prominent authors visiting The University of the Arts, open to public)
Tragic the Gathering @ Wooden Shoe (trans writers)
Excuse My Dust @ Good Good Comedy (comedians, local writers all genres)
Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events Series @ Parkway Central Branch (prominent visiting authors)
Blue Stoop’s “In Conversation” Series (visiting writers in conversation with local writers)
Kelly Writers House (prominent authors visiting literary event space on Penn's campus)
Poets & Writers Series (prominent authors visiting Temple MFA program, open to public)
Bryn Mawr Reading Series (prominent authors visiting Bryn Mawr Creative Writing program, open to public)
Villanova Literary Festival (prominent authors visiting Villanova, open to public)
Accidental Player @ various venues (visiting and local poets)
Charmed Instruments @ L’Etage (local & visiting poets)
PBQ Readings @ The Black Sheep (local writers all genres)
PBQ Slams @ The Pen & Pencil Club (an improv writing game)
Poetry Night @ Little Berlin
A Witch’s Craft @ Tattooed Mom (occult writing all genres)
Housework @ A-Space (poetry & art conversation series)
Random Name Poetry Reading Series @ Dahlak (visiting & local poets)
Backyard Reading Series @ Various Backyards (local writers of fiction & nonfiction)
Galactic Philadelphia @ The Irish Pub (visiting & local writers of speculative fiction)
Moveable Beats @ Good Karma Cafe (local poets)
Community Drafts @ Lucky 13 Pub (open mic, writers all genres)
All But True (hosted by WWG/New Door Books)
Livin on Luck @ Barnaby’s, West Chester (local poets)
Moonstone Poetry Series @ Fergie’s Pub (local poets)
Green Line Poetry Series @ Greenline Locust (local poets)


Penn Book Center, University City
Joseph Fox, Center City
Shakespeare & Co, Center City
The Wooden Shoe, South Street
Mostly Books, South Street
Head House Books, Queen Village
Brickbat Books, Queen Village
Molly’s Books & Records, Queen Village
A Novel Idea, South Philly (opening 1/1/2019)
The Book Trader, Old City
The Last Word, University City
House of Our Own, University City
Bindlestiff’s, Cedar Park
Hakim’s Bookstore, West Philly
Bookhaven, Fairmount
Book Corner, Fairmount
Amalgam Comics, Kensington
Ulises, Fishtown
Port Richmond Books, Port Richmond
Uncle Bobbie’s, Germantown
The Big Blue Marble, Mount Airy
The Open Book, Elkins Park
Spiral Bookcase, Manyunk
Narberth Bookshop, Narberth
Main Point Books, Wayne

MFA Creative Writing PRograms

Rutgers-Camden (full funding)
Temple (partial funding)
Rosemont (partial funding)
Arcadia (low-residency)
Drexel (low-residency, teaching assistanships)

Writing Classes

Blue Stoop (8 week classes for serious early career writers, 6-12 students, fiction, poetry, essays, memoir, novel, YA, food writing)
Cooper Street Writing Workshops (4 week classes & one day intensives in fiction & poetry taught by Rutgers-Camden MFA grads & local instructors)
Write Nites @ The Art Department (group writing exercises & write sessions sponsored by The Head & The Hand)
University of the Arts Continuing Education: (5 or 10 week skill development classes)
Drexel Writers Room (interactive writing workshops no preparation necessary, free & open to all)
Janet Benton’s The Word Studio (6 week prose class w/private consultation in Jenkintown)
The Open Book Writing Classes (4 week memoir classes at the Elkins Park bookstore)
University of Pennsylvania noncredit classes (3 free sessions on topic open to public)
Brooklyn School Social Practice in Philadelphia (literature/philosophy classes)
Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio (Delaware County/Center City)
Philadelphia Writers Workshop (Flourtown, PA)
Rosemont Writers Studio (6 week classes, Rosemont, PA)
River Heron Review Classes (online & on-site Lahaska, PA)
Drexel Storylab (8 week fiction & nonfiction classes for adults)
Mount Airy Learning Tree (short classes for beginners)
Leonard Gontarek (poetry, email


Backyard Writers (fiction & nonfiction)
Rogue Poetry Workshop (poetry)
Metropolarity (QTBIPOC sci-fi & spec fic)
Kelly Writers House reading & writing groups
Woke & Well Read (reading group highlighting women authors of color @ Big Blue Marble)
Reading Queerly (reading group highlighting queer authors @ Giovanni’s Room)
Landsdowne Writing Workshop (all genres)
The Mission Statement (black writers of all genres)
Babel Poetry Collective (poets affiliated with Temple)
Sonku Writers Collective (writers of color, all genres)
Working Writers Group (WWG) (writers of prose working on book-length works)
Rittenhouse Writers Group (quarterly fiction workshops for intermediate & advanced writers)
Mad Poets Society (poetry)
Dead Bards of Philadelphia (poetry)
Transcribez (trans & gender nonconforming youth writers all genres)
The Excelano Project (spoken word artists affiliated with UPenn)
Ridge Avenue Writers Circle (multi-genre critique group)


We Too Are Philly @ various venues (poets of color, local writers)
215 Festival (on hiatus, coming back soon!!)
Phililalia (Handmade poetry & book arts festival)
HippoCamp (writers of Creative Nonfiction, Lancaster, PA)
Bucks County Book Festival (books, author events, small presses)
Collingswood Book Festival (books, author events, small presses)
Philadelphia Podcast Festival (panel events, skill workshops, networking)
Caesura Poetry Festival (festival and retreat for poets)
Push to Publish, LitLife Poetry Festival & Writers At Work (panel events, business skill building, agent meetings)
Philadelphia Writers Conference (panel events, agent meetings)
Philadelphia Poetry Festival (April 28, 2019)


Barrelhouse Writer Camp (all genres, Port Matilda, PA)
Beth Kephart’s Juncture (memoir, Frenchtown, NJ)
Rosemont Summer Writers Retreat (all genres, Rosemont, PA)
Rosemont International Writers Retreat (Sicily & Malta)
Writers Retreat in Tufo (fiction & nonfiction, Italy, affiliated w/Backyard Writers Workshop)
River Heron Writing Workshop (all genres, March 2019 New Hope)
Lacawac Sanctuary Artist Retreat (all genres, Lake Ariel, PA)
Endless Arts (writing, visual arts, crafts, Endless Mere, PA)


The Rumpus Notable Philly (events roundup)
Athenaeum of Philadelphia (literary society, book awards, a writer in residence)
Paul Robeson House (programs pertaining to African American culture & history)
Leeway Foundation (grants for women & trans artists, artist support programming)
Warrior Writers (support for writers who are veterans)
Saturday Free School (programs pertaining to black liberation)
Philadelphia Art Alliance (now part of University of the Arts)
Artists U (artist resources)
Tell Me A Story (storytelling workshops)
Center for the Book (workshops, events on bookmaking, artbooks)
Paul Robeson House (writing groups, community)
Asian Arts Initiative (author events, workshops)
Behind the Prose (podcast)
Book Fight (podcast)
Overdue (podcast)
The Rosenbach (events, short writing classes, special events)
Fear No Lit (events, online content, podcasts, Lancas
Play Penn (playwriting craft hub)
Philadelphia Young Playwrights (youth playwriting resources)
Scribe Video Center (digital storytelling workshops)
Philly Community Access Media (audio/visual storytelling workshops)
Philadelphia Folklore Project (folklore, oral storytelling)
The Book Group (literary agency w/Philadelphia ties)
Broadside Literary (literary publicity w/Philadelphia ties)
Philadelphia Reads (literacy programming)
Mighty Writers (youth writing programs)
Tree House Books (literacy non-profit & children’s bookstore)
Philly Youth Poetry Movement (spoken word for youth)
First Person Arts (story slam events, workshops)
Moonstone Arts Center (poetry events, community programming)
Lit-Philly (list-serv for literary events in the Philly area; contact
Blue Stoop (happy hours, networking, resources)