Blue Stoop
A Home for Philly Writers




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

American Poetry Review (poetry)
Apiary (work with a Philadelphia connection, all genres)
Atticus Review (poetry, fiction, CNF)
Barrelhouse (high brow & low brow, all genres)
Bedfellows (all genres, writing pertaining to sex/desire/intimacy)
Bookends Review (fiction, CNF, poetry, interviews, book reviews & art)
Caldera Magazine (POC & LGBTQIA authors, all genres)
Claer Mag (visual art, written works, etc. of and by queer artists)
Cleaver (poetry, fiction, CNF, art, graphic novel, comics, book reviews & interviews)
FOLDER (one poet per month)
Glassworks Magazine (fiction, poetry, CNF, art, & flash)
Green Blotter (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and visual art by undergraduates)
Hippocampus Magazine (Creative Nonfiction)
Linden Avenue (focus on diversity, all genres)
Meet Me at 19th Street (fiction)
Nightblock (poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, comics, short films)
North of Oxford (poetry, reviews, commentary, essays)
Painted Bride Quarterly (all genres)
Paperback Literary Journal (poetry, prose, printed art)
Philadelphia Stories (fiction, poetry, CNF, interviews from writers based in Philadelphia & Delaware Valley)
Prolit (all genres)
Rathalla Review (fiction, flash fiction, CNF, poetry, interviews, art)
Root Quarterly (art, ideas, criticism, fiction, poetry)
Rhythm & Bones (small press & magazine featuring trauma-inspired writing)
River Heron Review (poetry)
Schuylkill Valley Journal (fiction, CNF, poetry, interviews, art)
Split Lip Magazine (poetry, fiction, CNF, art, music writing, film writing)
StoryQuarterly (short fiction, based at Rutgers-Camden)
Tilde Lit Journal (poems, fiction, and nonfiction work from writers across the world)
The Tiny (poetry)
Title Magazine (art reviews, criticism, projects, poetry & prose by local writers)
Toho Journal (short fiction, nonfiction, & poetry - 500 words max)
Underground Pool (featuring writing from UArts students)


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

Reading Series

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


Penn Book Center, University City (closing May 2019)
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
The Book Trader, Old City
The Last Word, University City
Hiding Place Books, Bok Building, South Philly
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

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

Writing Classes

Alison Hicks’ Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio (Delaware County/Center City)
Blue Stoop (8 week classes, 6-12 students, fiction, poetry, essays, memoir, novel, YA, food writing)
Brooklyn School Social Practice in Philadelphia (literature/philosophy classes)
Cooper Street Writing Workshops (4 week classes & one day intensives in fiction & poetry taught by Rutgers-Camden MFA grads & local instructors)
Drexel Writers Room (interactive writing workshops no preparation necessary, free & open to all)
Drexel Storylab (8 week fiction & nonfiction classes for adults)
Green Street Poetry (monthly poetry workshop group in Fairmount)
Helen Mallon’s True Courage Workshops (Chestnut Hill)
Janet Benton’s The Word Studio (offers small workshops and private manuscript consultations)
Leonard Gontarek (poetry, email
Lisa Grunberger’s Writing & Yoga Classes (generative courses combining yoga & creativity)
Liz Moore’s Palumbo Park Writing Workshops (5 week courses in fiction & nonfiction at area bookstores)
Mount Airy Learning Tree (short classes for beginners)
The Open Book Writing Classes (4 week memoir classes at the Elkins Park bookstore)
Philadelphia Writers Workshop (Flourtown, PA)
Rittenhouse Writers Workshop (8 week fiction workshops, contact James Rahn,
River Heron Review Classes (online & on-site Lahaska, PA)
River Valley Writers (Stockton, NJ; email Maria Casale at
Rosemont Writers Studio (6 week classes, Rosemont, PA)
Susan Weidener’s Women’s Writing Circle (workshops, retreats, editing services, professional critique)
University of the Arts Continuing Education: (5 or 10 week skill development classes)
University of Pennsylvania noncredit classes (3 free sessions on topic open to public)
Woodland Writers (Cherry Hill, NJ)
Write Nites @ The Art Department (group writing exercises & write sessions sponsored by The Head & The Hand)


Babel Poetry Collective (poets affiliated with Temple)
Backyard Writers (fiction & nonfiction)
Dead Bards of Philadelphia (poetry)
Deadname Arts (trans & nonbinary artists and poets, email
The Excelano Project (spoken word artists affiliated with UPenn)
Green Street Poetry (poetry) bi-weekly workshop held in Fairmount
Keepers of the Culture (Philadelphia’s Afrocentric storytelling group)
Kelly Writers House reading & writing groups
Landsdowne Writing Workshop (all genres)
Mad Poets Society (poetry)
Metropolarity (QTBIPOC sci-fi & spec fic)
The Mission Statement (black writers of all genres)
Reading Queerly (reading group highlighting queer authors @ Giovanni’s Room)
Ridge Avenue Writers Circle (multi-genre critique group)
Rittenhouse Writers Group (quarterly fiction workshops for intermediate & advanced writers)
Rogue Poetry Workshop (poetry)
Sit & Write (all genres, Saturdays 12-3pm at Kelly Writers House time organized by Julian Shendelman)
Sonku Writers Collective (writers of color, all genres)
Transcribez (trans & gender nonconforming youth writers all genres)
Woke & Well Read (reading group highlighting women authors of color @ Big Blue Marble)
Working Writers Group (WWG) (writers of prose working on book-length works)


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


Barrelhouse Writer Camp (all genres, Port Matilda, PA)
Beth Kephart’s Juncture (memoir, Frenchtown, NJ)
Endless Arts (writing, visual arts, crafts, Endless Mere, PA)
Lacawac Sanctuary Artist Retreat (all genres, Lake Ariel, PA)
Murphy Writing Seminars (Cape May, NJ)
River Heron Writing Workshop (all genres, March 2019 New Hope)
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)


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