This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Sundays, Coldfront features five upcoming cross-borough readings in New York City. Here are this week’s picks.



Monday, November 4 @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 8th St, New York, NY

STAR BLACK founded the KGB Poetry Series in 1997 with David Lehman. Her most recent books of poems are Ghostwood (Melville House) and Velleity’s Shade (Sarurnalia Books). Her collages were recently exhibited at John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literature.

MEENA ALEXANDER’s new book of poetry Birthplace with Buried Stones (TriQuarterly Books/ Northwestern University Press) is forthcoming in Fall 2013. Her volumes of poetry include Illiterate Heart (winner of the PEN Open Book Award), Raw Silk and Quickly Changing River. Her poetry has been translated into several languages and set to music. She has written the acclaimed autobiography, Fault Lines as well as two novels. She is author of the academic study Women in Romanticism and the book of essays Poetics of Dislocation. She is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York and teaches at Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

AMY LAWLESS is the author of the poetry collection Noctis Licentia, the chapbooks Elephants in Mourning and My Dead. A 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, her work has appeared in a number of jounals; a poem co-written with Angela Veronica Wang will appear in Best American Poetry 2013. She teaches writing in New York City and blogs at and Best American Poetry.




The Poetry Project: Alli Warren and Stephanie Young
Monday, November 4 @ 8pm
St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, NY

Alli Warren’s first book, Here Come the Warm Jets, is just out from City Lights. Previous works include Grindin’ (Lew Gallery), Acting Out (Editions Louis Wain), Well-Meaning White Girl (Mitzvah Chaps), Cousins (Lame House Press). She formerly co-curated The (New) Reading Series at 21 Grand, and presently co-edits the Poetic Labor Project. Alli lives in Oakland.

Stephanie Young lives and works in Oakland. Her most recent book is URSULA or UNIVERSITY. Other poetry includes Picture Palace and Telling the Future Off. With Juliana Spahr, she edited A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism. She edited the anthology Bay Poetics, and is managing editor of Deep Oakland.




Affective Intensities
Tuesday, November 5 @ 7-9pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY

Mei-mei Berssenbrugge is described by poet Jackson Mac Low as “neither objectivist nor subjectivist but a poet of the whole consciousness.” Born in Beijing, she emerges from diverse influences, from the artistic scene of her rural New Mexico home to the New York School and Language poets. Her over-a-dozen books of poetry include artistic collaborations with her husband Richard Tuttle and visual artist Kiki Smith. Berssenbrugge is joined by University of California Berkeley scholar Charles Altieri. $10, $7 for students and seniors, and free to Poets House members.




Cars Are Real
Thursday, November 7 @ 7-10pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126a Front Street, Brooklyn, NY

Cars Are Real press out of Baltimore join Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry shop for a reading celebrating the release of six books!


author of “Kill List”

author of “phenomenology of poem”

author of “We”

author of “Morbid Belly Aching”

author of “How Much Does It Cost?”




Aubrey Hirsch and Dina Nayeri
Thursday, November 7 @ 7:30pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY

Aubrey Hirsch is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She is the author of Why We Never Talk About Sugar, a collection of short stories. Her stories, essays and poems have appeared in literary journals both in print and online including American Short Fiction, Third Coast, Hobart,SmokeLong Quarterly, Vestal Review, The Los Angeles Review, PANK and Annalemma. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, she has also been honored as a runner-up for the Micro Award and as a top-25 finalist in Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open. She currently lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches creative writing at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dina Nayeri was born in the middle of a revolution in Iran and moved to Oklahoma at ten-years-old. Her debut novel, A Teaspoon of Earth and Sea, was released in 2013 by Riverhead Books (Penguin), translated to 14 foreign languages, and selected as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers book. Her work is published or scheduled for publication in over 20 countries and has appeared in Granta New Voices, The Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Salon, Glamour, and elsewhere. Now, having completed her MFA at the Iowa Writers Workshop where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Teaching Writing Fellow, Dina is at work on her second novel (also about an Iranian family). She lives in New York.