This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

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


Hatchet Job XVI: Cruz, Dimitrov, Waters, & Amling
Tuesday, June 4th @ 7:30pm
Suburbia330 Melrose Street, Basement, Brooklyn, NY

Hatchet Job is a monthly reading series in which poets of all persuasions don’t let the sun go down on their love and read in a punk house where dreams are made. It’s free until forever. The beer costs dirt.

Join us for Hatchet Job XVI, the second month at our new venue, Suburbia.

Cynthia Cruz is the author of Ruin and The Glimmering Room. Her poems have been published in the New Yorker, the American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Field, Kenyon Review, and others.

Alex Dimitrov is the author of Begging For It and American Boys. His poems have appeared in The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Slate, Poetry Daily, Tin House, Boston Review, and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize in 2011.

Jacqueline Waters is the author of One Sleeps the Other Doesn’t and A Minute without Danger. Her work has appeared in 6×6, The Poker, Zoland Poetry, Chicago Review, Realpoetik, Boston Review, and The Poetry Project Newsletter.

Eric Amling is the author of the chapbook Legal Pure. His poems and prints appear widely and some are forthcoming in Fence and The Brooklyn Rail. His art book, Big East Limousines, will be published in Fall 2013.

Hosted by Danniel Schoonebeek



The Obscenity Party
Wednesday, June 5th @ 6pm
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY

The Obscenity Party – In celebration of Angelo Nikolopoulos’ publication of OBSCENELY YOURS with special guests Wayne Koestenbaum and Edmund White, and a cabaret performance by Daniel Isengar.

Daniel Isengart has performed his solo act Off-Broadway, in countless supper clubs and cabarets, multiple art museums and theater festivals abroad. Isengart has been called the Darling of Café Sabarsky, the city’s only established German Cabaret venue, where he has presented a record of over 9 different programs, including a highly controversial solo-version of Weill and Brecht’sSeven Deadly SIns. He has also been a mainstay and star at the annual Museum Mile Festival on Fifth Avenue.

Wayne Koestenbaum is the author of several collections of poetry, including Blue Stranger with Mosaic Background (2012), Best-Selling Jewish Porn Films (2006),The Milk of Inquiry (1999), and Ode to Anna Moffo and Other Poems (1990), which was named one of the Village Voice Literary Supplement’s Favorite Books of the Year. His prose works include Humiliation (2011); Hotel Theory (2007); the novel Moira Orfei in Aigues-Mortes (2004); Cleavage: Essays on Sex, Stars, and Aesthetics(2000); and National Book Critics Circle Award–nominated The Queen’s Throat: Opera, Homosexuality, and the Mystery of Desire (1993).

Angelo Nikolopoulos’ first book of poems is Obscenely Yours, winner of the 2011 Kinereth Gensler Award (Alice James Books 2013). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry 2012, Best New Poets 2011, Boston Review, Fence, The Los Angeles Review, The New York Quarterly, Tin House, and elsewhere. He is a winner of the 2011 “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Contest and the founder of the White Swallow Reading Series in Manhattan. He teaches at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and lives in New York City.

Edmund White has written over twenty books. He is perhaps best known for his biography of French writer Jean Genet, for which he won the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is also the author of a trilogy of autobiographical novels: A Boy’s Own StoryThe Beautiful Room is Empty, and The Farewell Symphony. His most recent novel is Jack Holmes and His Friend. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, he teaches writing at Princeton and lives in New York City.

$8 cover includes a drink



Thursday, June 6th @ 7 to 10 PM
The Delancey, Lower live performance level, 168 Delancey Street (Between Clinton & Attorney), New York, NY

A Poetry and Music Series at The Delancey, LES. Quarterly.

Hosted by poet Leah Umansky, Couplet is a quarterly reading series held on the Lower East Side featuring both emerging and established poets. Every event features music & after-party by DJ Ceremony. No cover.

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This edition’s featured poets:

J. Bradley is the Web Editor of Monkeybicycle. He lives at

Jillian Brall is co-editor of the poetry journal, Lyre Lyre, and co-curates the Earshot reading series. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Ragazine, Esque, Connotation Press, Ping Pong Magazine, Unshod Quills, and others. She is also a visual artist.

Jackie Clark is the series editor of Poets off Poetry and Song of the Week for Coldfront Magazine. She is the recipient of a 2012 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and is the author of three chapbooks: Office Work (Greying Ghost Press), Red Fortress (H_NGM_N), and I Live Here Now (Lame House Press). Jackie lives in Jersey City and can be found online at Her first book, Aphoria, was recently published by Brooklyn Arts Press.

Adam Fitzgerald is the founding editor of the poetry journal Maggy, and teaches at Rutgers University and The New School. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in A Public Space, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions, Fence and elsewhere. His first book of poems, The Late Parade, is forthcoming from W. W. Norton’s Liveright imprint in June. He lives in the East Village.

Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he is an editor at The Atlas Review. His work can be found in The Believer, Field, Pank, The Lifted Brow, Red Lightbulbs, Armchair/Shotgun, The Collagist and elsewhere.

Your Hostess:
Leah Umansky is a New Yorker by birth, a teacher by choice, and an anglophile at heart. Her first collection of poems, DOMESTIC UNCERTAINTIES, has been published in 2013 by BlazeVOX Books. She earned her MFA in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence College and is a recipient of a 1-week fellowship at the Norman Mailer Writers Colony. She is a contributing writer for both BOMB Magazine’s BOMBLOG and for The Rumpus. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in: Barrow Street, Cream City Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, The Paterson Literary Review, Magma Poetry (UK),and Harpur Palate. She is also a contributing writer for The Rumpus and BOMB Magazine ‘s BOMBLOG. Find more of her work at:

Your DJ:
DJ Ceremony has played at well over 100 venues in and around New York City since 2001, at both public & private events. He is the producer & DJ of “Oscillate Wildly”, a monthly Smiths & Morrissey tribute dance party in the Lower East Side, among other special one-night-only themed events. His sound often culls from Postpunk, Glam Rock, Indie, Haçienda, Britpop, Factory Records, Shoegaze, Manchester, Dreampop, & British


Lauren Russell & Friends
Friday, June 7th @ 7pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn

Edmund Berrigan is the author of two books of poetry, Disarming Matter (Owl Press) and Glad Stone Children (farfalla press/McMillan & Parrish), and a quasi-memoir, Can It! (Letter Machine Editions). He is editor of the Selected Poems of Steve Carey (Sub Press), and is co-editor with Anselm Berrigan and Alice Notley of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan and The Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (both University of California Press). He is an editor for poetry mags Vlak and Brawling Pigeon, and on the editorial board of Lungfull!.

Jessica Fiorini is the author of two chapbooks, Sea Monster at Night (Goodbye Better) and Light Suite (Pudding House Publications). Hew poems have appeared in Lungfull!, The Brooklyn Rail, The Poetry Project Newsletter, and Vlak. She lives in Brooklyn and makes video games.

Joanna Fuhrman is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Pageant (Alice James Books) and Moraine (Hanging Loose Press). In 2011, Least Weasel published her chapbook The Emotive Function. She is the poetry editor for the journal Ping Pong and used to host readings at the Poetry Project at Saint Mark’s Church. Recent poems appear in Volt, The Believer, Hanging Loose, and Maggy. She teaches poetry writing at Rutgers University, in her apartment, and in New York City public schools through Teachers & Writers Collaborative. Her essays on teaching appear regularly in Teachers & Writers Magazine.

Robert Kerr is a playwright living in Brooklyn. He was in the band Alien Detector while he lived in Minneapolis, where he also served as musical director for Bedlam Theatre’s production of Land Without Trees. He wrote the book and lyrics for the 10-minute musical The Sticky-Fingered Fiancee with composer Mat Eisenstein, and often writes songs for his own plays.

Lauren Russell is the author of the chapbooks Dream-Clung, Gone (Brooklyn Arts Press) and The Empty-Handed Messenger (Goodbye Better). She is an M.F.A. student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also teaches writing and serves as a poetry editor of Hot Metal Bridge.

Hosted by David Kirschenbaum


Friday, June 7th @ 8pm
LA SALA at Cantina Royal, 58 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York


CLMP + WONDER present
a fundraiser to benefit CLMP

fatal attractions include:



♥ C. RYDER COOLEY & HAZEL (feat. Jeffrey Lependorf) ♥

w/ your gorgeous host

dance party to follow
DJ sets by Silent Drape Runners, Andrew Shuta and Wonder


special pamphlet with original txt by ♥ KEVIN KILLIAN ♥ generously provided by UGLY DUCKLING PRESSE, ARGOS BOOKS, FUTUREPOEM, and WONDER; included with admission.

tickets to the ~*SUMMER CRUSH*~ fundraiser, as well as the interactive crush list, are now available ( !


generously sponsored by The Segue Foundation; beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery.