This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Every Sunday Coldfront features five upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. This week is busy with events, so enjoy Labor Day and resume your regular live poetry consumption schedule starting this Tuesday.



Hatchet Job IX: Zingg, Hong, Yankelevich & Manguso
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 @ 7pm-9pm
Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th st, Brooklyn, New York

Hatchet Job is a monthly reading series in which poets of all persuasions whipsaw the robber barons and read in a black room with alcohol. It’s free, even when you’re not. Same is not true for the hooch.

Friends, join us for Hatchet Job IX, and say hello once again to Fall.

Matthew Zingg‘s work appears in The Awl, Cider Press Review, The Rumpus, The Madison Review, and Opium Magazine, among others. He received his MFA in poetry from Adelphi University and is a co-founding member of 1441, a writers collective.

Cathy Park Hong is the author of Translating Mo’um, Dance Dance Revolution, and Engine Empire. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship, and a Village Voice Fellowship for Minority Reporters.

Matvei Yankelevich is the author of Boris by the Sea, The Present Work, Writing in the Margin, and Alpha Donut. His translations from Russian have cropped up in Calque, Circumference, Harpers, New American Writing, Poetry, and the New Yorker and in some anthologies, including OBERIU: An Anthology of Russian Absurdism and Night Wraps the Sky: Writings by and about Mayakovsky.

Sarah Manguso is the author, most recently, of The Guardians. Her previous books include a memoir, The Two Kinds of Decay, the story collection Hard to Admit and Harder to Escape, published as one of three volumes in McSweeney’s One Hundred and Forty-Five Stories in a Small Box, and the poetry collections Siste Viator and The Captain Lands in Paradise.

Hosted by Danniel Schoonebeek


Urbana Poetry Slam: IWPS Qualifier
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, Open Mic @ 7pm & Slam @ 8pm

Bar 82, 136 2nd Ave, New York, NY

If slam is a game cartridge then we just cleaned it out and hit reset. We are back for the start of a new season in OUR NEW VENUE (BAR 82 at 136 SECOND AVE.) but with the same unapologetic beautiful face of Chad Anderson to host us through the night.

Our first show of the new season is the iWPS (individual World Poetry Slam) Qualifier for which we invite back the highest-ranking slammers from last season to battle it out for the chance to represent NYC-URBANA at iWPS in Arkansas this October!

So, we’ve got our poets on deck to compete in this almost time decathlon-like slam. (Rounds include one minute, two minute, three minute, and four minute poems!) Oh, yes! It will be an assembly line night of poetry, folks!

Who’s competing, you ask?

and more…

$8 at the door ($5 w/ student ID)

Join us to find out who will earn the right to represent NYC-URBANA at iWPS.

Our shows are no longer live streamed, so you have to put pants on to come out and see what’s going on! (That or read the tweets via @urbanaslam on twitter.)


White Swallow Reading SeriesThe White Swallow Reading Series: Fama, Koestenbaum, Reines & Zucker
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 @ 6:00pm

Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, New York 

Kicking off the fall season of The White Swallow Reading Series with Ben Fama, Wayne Koestenbaum, Ariana Reines, and Rachel Zucker.

Ben Fama is the author of the chapbook Aquarius Rising (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2009) and New Waves (Minutes Books, 2011). He is the co-editor of Wonder, a publisher of art books, glossies, and pamphlets. His work has been featured in jubilat, notnostrums, LIT, Poor Claudia, Denver Quarterly, and on the Best American Poetry Blog.

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).

Ariana Reines is the author of The Cow (Alberta Prize, FenceBooks: 2006), Coeur de Lion (Mal-O-Mar: 2007; FenceBooks: 2011), MERCURY (FenceBooks: 2011), and the play TELEPHONE, commissioned and produced by The Foundry Theatre, and presented at The Cherry Lane Theatre in February 2009, with two Obie wins. Translator of The Little Black Book of Grisélidis Réal: Days and Nights of an Anarchist Whore by Jean-Luc Hennig, for Semiotext(e), and MY HEART LAID BARE by Charles Baudelaire, for Mal-O-Mar. A translation of TIQQUN’s Théorie de la Jeune Fille is forthcoming from Semiotext(e).

Rachel Zucker is the author of four books of poetry, most recently, Museum of Accidents, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Along with poet Arielle Greenberg, Zucker co-wrote Home/Birth: a poemic and co-edited two anthologies: Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections. She lives in New York with her husband and their three sons. In addition to teaching at NYU and the 92nd Street Y she is a certified labor doula and is studying to become a childbirth educator.

Hosted by Angelo Nikolopoulos


A Public Space



APS Presents: Amy Leach and Robert Sullivan
Thursday, September 6th, 2012 @ 7:30pm

Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street at South Portland, Brooklyn, NY

Contributors Amy Leach (APS 2, 7, 10, 13) and Robert Sullivan (APS 13, 16) will read and discuss their latest works. Amy’s debut collection of essays Things That Are (Milkweed Editions) was released in July 2012; Robert’s book My American Revolution is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus & Giroux. A Public Space‘s founding editor Brigid Hughes will introduce the authors.

Greenlight is honored to partner with one of Brooklyn’s premier literary magazines, A Public Space, to host two authors featured in the pages of APS presenting their own new nonfiction works. Amy Leach is a widely published essayist and the winner of the Rona Jaffe Award and Whiting Writers’ Award. Her debut work THINGS THAT ARE is a series of essays that progress from the tiniest Earth dwellers to far-flung celestial bodies—considering everything from the similarity of gods to donkeys, to the connection of exploding stars and exploding sea cucumbers—to rekindle our communion with the wild world. Brooklyn-based author Robert Sullivan is the author of RATS, among other nonfiction works, and is a contributing editor at Vogue. In his new book MY AMERICAN REVOLUTION, Sullivan delves into the history of the American Revolutionary War that took place in the mid-Atlantic states, talking with historians and re-enactors as well as undertaking his own, sometimes ill-advised, adventures along the paths of American independence. The authors will be introduced by our Fort Greene neighbor Brigid Hughes, the founder and editor-in-chief of A Public Space.

Mary Jo Bang at APS
Friday, September 7th, 2012 @ 7:30pm

A Public Space HQ, 323 Dean Street, Brooklyn, NY

In celebration of Mary Jo Bang‘s translation of Dante’s Inferno (Graywolf Press), we invite you to join us at APS headquarters for an evening with the poet herself.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase from Mobile Libris.

Refreshments will be served.

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– Stephanie Ann Whited