This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Human Hair & Co

Every Sunday, Coldfront features 5 upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. Aim to take off your poet-crush’s Halloween mask after a costumed reading this week and pretend it’s her other mask.

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Human Hair & Co: Mirov, Waters, Amling, & Fain
TODAY, Sunday, October 21st, 2012 @ 6-9pm
La Sala, Cantina Royal, 58 N. 3rd, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Human Hair & Co. presents an evening of adult themed poetry.

Good evening. This event supports the arts and in doing so will make available genuine books of American verse for purchase. We’d encourage you to join us for this performance and then adjourn for a Sunday dinner.

The lovely CORINA COPP will preside

With the participants:

BEN MIROV celebrates his east coast return with a reading from his new book HIDER ROSER (Octopus Books)

JACQUELINE WATERS author of ONE SLEEPS THE OTHER DOESN’T (Ugly Duckling Presse)

ERIC AMLING author of LEGAL PURE (Greying Ghost Press)

We are also excited to announce a film premier by video artist BEN FAIN that will take full advantage of the venue’s film viewing capabilities.

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death humsDEATH HUMS: Durbin, Fama, Eilbert, Le Fraga, & Landis
Monday, October 22nd, 2012 @ 7pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York

Andrew Durbin co-edits Wonder, a publisher of art books, ephemera, pamphlets, and glossies. He is the author of Reveler (Argos Books, forthcoming December 2012). His writings have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Washington Square, West Wind Review, and elsewhere. He is an associate editor of Conjunctions and lives in New York City.

According to Ben Fama’s Wikipedia page, Ben Fama (born 1982, Newport News, Virginia) is an American poet, editor, series curator, and social networker. He has written critically on subjects from Brian Eno, Twin Peaks, Maggie Nelson and poetry itself. He founded and edited SUPERMACHINE (RIP). His books include NEW WAVES (Minutes Books) and Aquarius Rising (Ugly Duckling Presse), and recently started WONDER, a publisher of “artists books, ephemera, pamphlets, and glossies,” with Andrew Durbin.Natalie Eilbert received her MFA from Columbia University, where she was awarded the 2010 Linda Corrente Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Colorado Review, Spinning Jenny, Bat City Review, The Rumpus, Copper Nickel, La Petite Zine, Barn Owl Review, DIAGRAM, No, Dear, and elsewhere. Brian Teare selected her chapbook, The Death and Life of the Venus City, as the runner-up in Gazing Grain’s Inaugural Chapbook Competition. She is a founding editor of The Atlas Review.Sophia Le Fraga is a Brooklyn-based poet. She studied Linguistics and Poetry at NYU and is the author of “Song of Me and Myself,” a book of Whitman erasures, and the chapbook I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (Keep This Bag Away From Children, 2012). Her poems can be found online, and her collection, “IRL, You RL” is forthcoming.

Matthew Landis is the singer, keyboardist, composer, and lyricist for The Minor Arcana and plays piano and sings for the band/possible cult The World/Inferno Friendship Society. He curates Abecedarian, a contemporary poetry, poetics, and culture blog. Matthew’s work has appeared in Critophoria, Try, Literary Kicks, and EOGAH, among others.

+++DEATH HUMS issue 1 (featuring readers Andrew Durbin and Ben Fama) will be available at a special price of $10 ($5 if yr unemployed, and free if you can’t pay), CASH ONLY

+++FEATURED POETS may have books for sale, which you can buy via UB, meaning credit cards are accepted

+++UNNAMABLE BOOKS is a very good bookstore, new and used, books will be available for purchase during and following the event, credit cards accepted

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Conceptual Writing by Women: Degentesh, Place, & Victor
Monday, October 22nd, 2012 @ 8pm
The Poetry Project, St. Marks Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, New York

Inspired by the Les Figues Press anthology I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (2012), Katie Degentesh, Vanessa Place and Divya Victor read from their work and exchange ideas about many possibile conceptualisms.

Katie Degentesh lives in New York City. Her first book, The Anger Scale, was published by Combo Books and was recently featured in the Poetry Society of America’s New American Poets series.

Vanessa Place killed poetry–Anon., via Twitter.

Divya Victor is author of Partial Dictionary of the Unnamable, Partial Directory of the Unnamable (Troll Thread Press). She is also author of PUNCH and Goodbye John! On John Baldessari, both from Gauss PDF, Hellocasts by Charles Reznikoff by Divya Victor by Vanessa Place (Ood press), and SUTURES (Little Red Leaves). Her books of poems Things To Do With Your Mouth is forthcoming as part of Les Figues Press’s TrenchArt series. She curates an occasional interview series, Discourses on Vocality, for Jacket2, is a scholar, and a member of the publishing collective Troll Thread Press.

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SHITLUCK #2: Child’s Play > Butler-Rotholz, McClure, Fama, & Magers
Friday, October 26th, 2012 @ 8:30pm
Tip Top Bar & Grill, 432 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, New York

FEATURING SPOOOOOOOKY READINGS BY

Sivan Butler-Rotholz
Monica McClure
Ben Fama
Dan Magers

This will be the FIRST EVER costume party poetry reading. Be a part of history! It’s also a joint birthday party for co-hosts Gabe and Caroline so don’t be rude and skip our party! Scorpios hold grudges, you know!After the reading stick around for an all-out dance party featuring every remix of the Monster Mash ever made!

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Polestar Reading Series: The Major Arcana
Sunday, October 28th, 2012 @ 3pm
Cake Shop, 152 Ludlow St, New York, New York

POLESTAR POETRY SERIES ▲THE MAJOR ARCANA ▲ COME IN COSTUME OR MASKED ▲TAROT READINGS BY LIZ BALDWIN ▲ POETRY READINGS BY:

THE FOOL // RACHEL LEVITSKY
THE MAGICIAN // LILY LADEWIG
THE HIGH PRIESTESS // MARK BIBBINS
THE EMPRESS // JENNY ZHANG
THE EMPEROR // DANNIEL SCHOONEBEEK
THE HIEROPHANT // SANDRA LIU
THE LOVERS // ALEX DIMITROV
THE CHARIOT // BEN PEASE
JUSTICE // DAN MAGERS
THE HERMIT // DOROTHEA LASKY
WHEEL OF FORTUNE // FARRAH FIELD
STRENGTH // JAY DESHPANDE
THE HANGED MAN // SOPHIA LE FRAGA
DEATH // MARTINE BELLEN
TEMPERANCE // SPENCER MADSEN
THE DEVIL // LONELY CHRISTOPHER
THE TOWER // AMY SILBERGELD
THE STAR // ANGELA VERONICA WONG
THE MOON // SASHA FLETCHER
THE SUN // BIANCA STONE
JUDGEMENT // MELISSA BRODER
THE WORLD // CLAIRE DONATO

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To submit an event, email stephanie.whited[at]gmail.com.

– Stephanie Ann Whited