This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Sundays, Coldfront features five upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. Check out this week’s picks.


Monday, May 6 @ 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Poetry Reading with Four Way Books Poets
NYU Bookstore, 726 Broadway, New York, NY

Alex DimitrovYona HarveyAllison Benis WhiteBruce Willard and Jay Baron




Monday, May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

LOUIS JENKINS is the author of Before You Know It: Prose Poems 1970-2005. Other books include An Almost Human Gesture (Eighties Press and Ally Press, 1987), All Tangled Up With the Living (Nineties Press, 1991), Nice Fish: New and Selected Prose Poems (Holy Cow! Press, 1995), winner of the Minnesota Book Award, Just Above Water (Holy Cow! Press, 1997) and The Winter Road (Holy Cow! Press, 2000). One of the American masters of the prose poem, his work has been included in Great American Prose Poems, The Best American Poetry 1999, and a variety of journals and magazines. He lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

GLYN MAXWELL is a British poet, playwright, and librettist. Recent collections of poetry include The Nerve (2002), winner of the Geoffrey Haber Memorial Prize, The Sugar Mile (2005) and Hide Now (2008), which was shortlisted for both the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2008 and the Forward Prize in 2009. His three earliest collections of poetry, Tale Of The Mayor’s Son (1990), Out of the Rain (1992), Rest For The Wicked (1995) are collected as The Boys at Twilight: Poems 1990-1995 (2000). Maxwell was born and raised in Welwyn Garden City, in Hertfordshire. Over fifteen of his plays have been produced in both America and the UK, and he’s taught extensively on both sides of the pond. He lives in London and lectures currently at the University of Essex.




A Furniture Press Books Affair
Thursday, May 9th @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Time In Gallery at HiArt! 227 West 29 Street, Studio 4R, New York, NY

Furniture Press Books and HiArt! are teaming up for a celebration of poetry, music and art!

In the autumn of 2013 Furniture Press Books will take their project on the road for a 15 city tour that begins in Maryland and ends in Colorado. This fundraiser was created to ensure that the poets have a safe and comfortable ride around the eastern seaboard, great lakes and the plains of the midwest. On May 9, we’re putting on a show for all our patrons, supporters and friends–past, present and future–in a gesture of thanks and goodwill for their continuing support and confidence.

This is also a special night because we’re unveiling Martine Bellen’s new Furniture Press title, WABAC Machine, which is our tenth full-length publication.

So, what’s in store?

Readings and performances of poetry by Martine Bellen, Iris Cushing, Amy King, Ryan Eckes, and Deborah Poe

Music by Matt Keating (whose music has been hailed by Timeout London as “Beautiful and honest songs of substance and melancholy”), and the incomparable duo of Taylor Barton (whose voice Rolling Stone and Vanity have touted as beguiling, beautiful and seductive) and G.E. Smith (who has toured with Roger Waters and was an iconic figure as band leader of Saturday Night Live from 1985-1995)

A silent auction featuring the artwork/illustrations of Furniture Press Books’ premier art director, Jodi Hoover

A raffle in which the audience can win books, chapbooks, artwork and subscriptions

A full helping of Furniture Press Books’ full-length titles and hand-made, hand-printed chapbooks and ephemera

We’ll also have a variety of wines and finger foods to satiate the appetite and palate.

Tickets: $20/$50/$100 (w/ option for subscription/entrance package)

Contact: Martine Bellen at or Christophe Casamassima at




Stonecutter Journal Presents an Evening with Nathaniel Tarn
Thursday, May 9t @ 7:30pm
61 Local, 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY

Please join Stonecutter Journal as we host our first solo reading, with esteemed writer Nathaniel Tarn.

Nathaniel Tarn is a poet, translator, editor, critic/essayist and anthropologist. He has some thirty-five publications in these disciplines—the latest of which are SELECTED POEMS :1950-2000 (Wesleyan); SCANDALS IN THE HOUSE OF BIRDS: PRIESTS AND SHAMANS ON LAKE ATITLAN, GUATEMALA (Marsilio); INS AND OUTS OF THE FOREST RIVERS (New Directions). Research Travel in all continents and in all the Fifty States has informed his work from the beginning. He lives Northwest of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with amateur interests in watching Birds and Plants, the Running of a diminutive garden and a spartan bird restaurant (also a hummer feeder), Manifold Infantile Collecting, American Folk Art, Opera, Aviation history, XIXth century Romanticism and Marxism.




Phantastische Gebete: Durbin, Hatcher, Tamayo
Friday, May 10th @ 7pm
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY

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ANDREW DURBIN is an American actress, fashion designer, model and recording artist. She began her career as a child fashion model when she was three, and was later featured on the soap opera Another World for a year when she was 10.

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