This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Every week, Coldfront features five cross-borough readings in NYC. Here’s this week’s top picks.


Urbana Poetry Slam
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 @ 7pm
The DL, 95 Delancey St., New York, NY

Urbana Poetry Slam is on track in The Red Room at THE DL LOUNGE (95 Delancey) with an Open Mic, Open Slam, and your feature, the amazing SUZI Q!!

Bio: SUZI Q. SMITH lives with her brilliant daughter in Denver, Colorado. She is the founding Slammaster of Slam Nuba, and she is currently among the highest ranked slam poets in the nation. Her work has appeared in a few literary magazines and anthologies, and she lives her life performing and teaching poetry and a bit of music.

Here’s a teaser:

6:30 Sign Up Lists Open
7:00 Open Mic
7:35 Feature
8:00 Slam
9:30 Lights Out

$8 / $5 with a Student ID Admission

…and as always follow us on twitter @urbanaslam



Friday, January 25th, 2013 @ 7pm
Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

♥♥♥ featuring ♥♥♥
Ana Božičević
Amy King
Erika Moya
Christie Ann Reynolds

& your host
Jenny Zhang

CHRISTIE ANN REYNOLDS is the author of Revenge for Revenge just out with Coconut Books in December. She has an MFA in poetry from The New School and is a curator of the reading and performance series, TOTEM: poetry + film. Christie Ann recently won a 2012 Poets & Writers Amy Award. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches poetry, creative writing and science in a middle school. She curated the Stain of Poetry reading series for two years and is honored to be on the other end this evening.

ERIKA MOYA is an artist living in Bushwick. Her work can be found on real poetik, elimae and forklift ohio among other places.

Of her most recent book from Litmus Press, I Want to Make You Safe, John Ashbery described AMY KING‘s poems as bringing “abstractions to brilliant, jagged life, emerging into rather than out of the busyness of living.” Safe was one of the Boston Globe’s Best Poetry Books of 2011, and it was reviewed, among others, via the Poetry Foundation and the Colorado Review. For more, check

ANA BOZICEVIC is the author of Stars of the Night Commute (Tarpaulin Sky Press) and the brand new Rise in the Fall (Birds, LLC). She flirts with knowledge at The Graduate Center, CUNY, where she helps run the Annual Chapbook Festival, Lost&Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, and the Transculturations Seminar. On some days, Ana is a translator; on all, a troubadour.


Friday, January 25th, 2013 @ 7pm
Kunsthalle Galapagos, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY

LECTURE TOPIC: Windows/Mirrors

“Six Non Lectures” features six contemporary poets lecturing on topics they are non-experts in, with little to no time to prepare to speak about.


Thom Donovan
Andrew Durbin
Allison Power
Katie Raissian
Ariana Reines
Emily Skillings


“This Red Door” is a collaborative attempt by artists Jomar Statkun, Jared Friedman, and Christopher Stackhouse to expand terms and conditions that may define ‘studio practice’.


Thom Donovan lives in New York where he works as an archivist, art writer, and professor. For more of his work check-out The Hole and Wild Horses Of Fire.

Andrew Durbin co-edits Wonder, a publisher of art books, ephemera, pamphlets, and glossies. He is the author of the chapbook Reveler (Argos Books 2013). His writings have appeared (or are forthcoming) in the Boston Review, the Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Maggy, and elsewhere. He is an associate editor of Conjunctions and lives in New York City.


The Highwaymen NYC #9
Saturday, January 26th 2013 @ 7pm – 10pm
Fort Useless, 36 Ditmars Street, Brooklyn, NY

Chapbooks available at reading

*Special guest & past Highwaymen NYC contributor Lisa Marie Basile will present excerpts from her new manuscript fated for publication in 2013. TRISTE: MORNING STORIES is about “A place of gladioli, trinkets, boys named Matthew who suck in bed, obsession over ankles and wrists, clawfoot tubs, boys named Benjamin with beautiful overbites, grappa miel, Monica Bellucci sex appeal, the male gaze & broken families.”

Adam Fitzgerald is a founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy, and received his MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts in Poetry. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Boston Review, Conjunctions, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. He teaches at Rutgers University and The New School. His debut collection of poetry, The Late Parade, will be published by W. W. Norton’s Liveright imprint in June 2013. He lives in the East Village.

Monica McClure hosts Atlas, the monthly reading series in conjunction with The Atlas Review held at 61 Local. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review Online, Loaded Bicycle, Indigest, and elsewhere. She teaches in the English Department at Bloomfield College and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Ted Dodson is the co-founder and editor of the filmed journal On the Escape, a curator for the Triptych Reading Series, and an editor and the program director for Futurepoem. Select publications can be found in The Death and Life of American Cities, la fovea, SET, Tim, and Well Greased, and an untitled chapbook is forthcoming from Diez in early 2013.

Samantha Zighelboim recently received her MFA from Columbia University. Her poems, translations, and book reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Ragazine, Thethepoetry Blog, Maggy, Thumbnail, BOMB, Rattapallax, and The People’s Poetry Project. Currently she’s working on her first collection of poems, and lives in New York City with her cat, Buddha. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Mercy College.

Lisa Marie Basile is an MFA candidate at The New School. She is the author of Andalucia (Brothel Books.) A Decent Voodoo (Cervena Barva) and Triste (Dancing Girl Press) are both forthcoming in 2012. Her work can be seen inWord Riot, PANK, kill author, Moon Milk Review, elimae & Pear Noir!among other publications. She is the founding editor of Brooklyn-based Patasola Press & the Patasola Review, and was a reader for Weave Magazine. She is a managing member of The Poetry Society of New York. She is a identity/background writer by day.


A Shitluck Reading
Saturday, January 26th, 2013 @ 8:30pm
Tip Top Bar & Grill, 432 Franklin Avenue, New York, NY

Saturday January 26th Shitluck is back with another night of poetry, hot jams, and beers with napkins tucked in to the bottles.

Readings by
Katie Byrum
Polly Bresnick
Andrew Durbin
Christie Ann Reynolds

“The best poetry reading series in Bed-Stuy, if not Brooklyn, if not America!”–everybody.

Come see the magic for yourself!