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Special Performance: Sphinx & Snakeskin in Philadelphia, PA

  • Sphinx & Snakeskin 45 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA, 19106 United States (map)


Sphinx & Snakeskin is delighted to welcome two of today's foremost occult writers to our lair.

Poet Janaka Stucky and author Pam Grossman both explore notions of magic, transformation, and word witchery in their work as we'll see in this night of entrancing performance and conversation.

The evening will begin with an illustrated reading from Grossman's WHAT IS A WITCH (Tin Can Forest Press) as well as a sneak-preview from her forthcoming non-fiction book, WAKING THE WITCH: REFLECTIONS ON WOMEN, MAGIC, AND POWER (out June 4th from Gallery Books). Stucky will then perform excerpts from his new book, ASCEND ASCEND (Third Man Books), a mystic poem about divinity and sublime obliteration.

The readings will be followed by Q&A, book signing, and celebration.


Janaka Stucky is a mystic poet, performer, and founding editor of the award-winning press, Black Ocean. He is the author of The Truth Is We Are PerfectYour Name Is The Only FreedomThe World Will Deny It For You, and his latest book, Ascend Ascend (Third Man Books, 2019). He has taught and performed in over 60 cities around the world. He is also a two-time National Haiku Champion. More at

Pam Grossman is the creator and host of The Witch Wave podcast and the author of Waking the Witch: Reflections on Women, Magic, and Power(Gallery Books) and What Is A Witch (Tin Can Forest Press). She is co-founder of the Occult Humanities Conference at NYU, and her art exhibitions and magical projects have been featured in The New York TimesArtforum, and The New Yorker. Her writing has appeared in such outlets as Sabat MagazineHuffPost, and her occulture blog, Phantasmaphile. You can find her at and @Phantasmaphile.