This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Every Sunday, Coldfront features 5 upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. Email a listing for consideration to stephanie(dot)whited(at)gmail. Check out this week’s picks.



The Highwaymen NYC #10
Monday, February 25th @ 7pm
The Imaginary Space, Brooklyn, NY

Emmalea Russo is a poet and visual artist. She received her MFA in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Recent work has appeared in Ambush Review, ILK, Wicked Alice, and Yew Journal. Two chapbooks, clearing (dancing girl press) and book of southern and water (Poor Claudia) are forthcoming in 2013. She lives in Brooklyn.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is a founding editor of Argos Books & recently became co-editor of Circumference: Poetry in Translation. Her poems and translations have appeared in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Guernica, Sixth Finch, Lana Turner Journal, Jacket2, The Laurel Review, and elsewhere. She is the winner of the Bennett Poetry Prize at Columbia University, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Dana Levin chose her manuscript Whither Weather for the Midwest Chapbook Series, sponsored by The Laurel Review. She was born and raised in western Nebraska, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as a translator.

Kurt Opprecht is the son of a rocket scientist and a financial planner. He was born and raised in Brigham City, Utah, a very small town from which he fled in the early eighties. He currently lives on the lower East Side of Manhattan where he writes tiny poems and crafts devices from which he claims to obtain supernatural powers. He is a certified charlatan and teaches writing at NYU-SCPS and Gotham Writer Workshop. Twitter: @opprecht. Tumblr: tinypinkfrog.


Diez/1/2/3 Release: Kanownick, Dodson, Rubin
Tuesday, February 26 @ 7pm
Tandem Bar, 236 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY

Diez will celebrate its own late February Spring blossom with readings from new chapbooks:

Christine Kanownik
We are Beginning to Act Wildly

Ted Dodson
Pop! in Spring

Judah Rubin
With Fierce Convulse/Die into Life

Author Bios:

Judah Rubin is more than a feeling.
Ted Dodson can’t get no satisfaction.
Christine Kanownik don’t stop believin’.


Mental Marginalia: Reynolds, Foley, Xu, Guez
Tuesday, February 26 @ 8pm
The West, 379 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Remember to wear two pairs of socks!

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.

Brian Foley is the author of several chapbooks including Going Attractions (Greying Ghost, 2012) & TOTEM, which won the 2011 Equinox Chapbook Context and is forthcoming from Fact-Simile editions. He lives in Northampton MA.

Wendy Xu is the author of YOU ARE NOT DEAD, a full-length collection forthcoming from Cleveland State University Poetry Center (March 6, 2013) and two chapbooks The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N, 2011), and I Was Not Even Born (Coconut Books, 2013), a collaborative work with Nick Sturm. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2013, Best of the Net 2012, GulfCoast, Columbia Poetry Review, Sonora Review, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor and publisher of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry iO Books, and with Leora Fridman, co-curator of the jubilat / Jones Reading Series.

Julia Guez is a Fulbright Fellow with a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University.  Her poetry and prose has appeared or will soon be forthcoming in BOMBLog, The Brooklyn Rail, Coldfront, Court Green, DIAGRAM and Washington Square.


A Public Space 17 Launch Party
February 27th @ 7pm
BookCourt, 162 Court St, Brooklyn, NY

Join A Public Space and BookCourt for an evening with a few of our beloved contributors. Mark Bibbins, Jessica Francis Kane, and Tom Drury will read from their work, featured in APS 17.

Refreshments will be served. Copies of APS 17 will be available for purchase.


The Perfect Sense Reading Series
Wednesday, February 27th  @ 6-7:45pm
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY 

Timothy Donnelly is the author of two books of poetry, Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeitand The Cloud Corporation. He earned a BA from the Johns Hopkins University, an MFA from Columbia University, and a PhD from Princeton University. Donnelly’s poems have been published in anthologies such as Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry, as well as magazines and journals including Harper’s, jubilat, The Nation, The Paris Review, PEN America, Ploughshares, TriQuartely, and various others. Donnelly is an assistant professor and director of undergraduate creative writing at Columbia University. He is also the poetry editor for Boston Review. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two daughters.

Melissa Fadul teaches classical poetry at Maspeth High School, in New York, where she serves as assistant principal of the English Literature department.  She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with an MFA in poetry in 2006.  Currently, she is adapting the play, The Laramie Project, for her students to perform, while piecing together a new collection of poetry.  She can be contacted at melissafadul(at)gmail(dot)com.

Chloe Yelena Miller‘s chapbook, Unrest, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work is published or forthcoming inAlimentum, The Cortland Review, Narrative Magazine, Poet’s Market, and Storyscape Literary Journal, among others. Chloe has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College. She has participated in the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center residency and the A Room of Her Own Writers’ Retreat. Chloe teaches writing online at Fairleigh Dickinson University, George Mason University and privately, and leads writing workshops at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, The Rumpus, Crazyhorse, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. He writes a monthly column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts theHatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn, and works as an associate editor at PEN America.

Leah Umansky’s first collection of poems, Domestic Uncertainties, is available now from BlazeVOX Books. She is the host and curator of the COUPLET Reading Series. She has been a contributing writer for BOMB Magazine’s BOMBLOG, a poetry reviewer for The Rumpus, and a live twit for The Best American Poetry Blog. She is presently at work on her second collection of poems focusing on our technological world, AMC’s Mad Men, and life in the 21st century.Read more at: