This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

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


Family Camp NYC
Sunday, June 9th @ 7pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Join us for the big night of prose and poems NYC has been dying for:
– Hosted by the tall, wise Mr. Greg “Gregory” Gerke.
– Hot new poems from local favorites Ben Pease and Bianca Stone.
For the diehards, Gabe Durham and Jack Christian have promised ZERO overlap in what they’re reading on their two nights in town.
– Mad prizes.
– Probably no prizes.

Gabe Durham‘s debut novel, FUN CAMP, come out May 31 from Publishing Genius Press. Pieces of the book have appeared in over 25 journals and magazines, including The Good Men Project, Corium, and Necessary Fiction. Gabe lives in Los Angeles, tweets @GabeDurham, and holds it down at Gather Round Children.

Jack Christian is the author of the poetry collection Family System, which was awarded the 2012 Colorado Prize. His poems have appeared journals such as Web Conjunctions, Verse Daily, Diagram, and jubilat.

Ben Pease is the creator and host of Scattered Rhymes, the featured podcast of The The Poetry Blog. His poetry has appeared in MAGGY, Paperbag, and SUPERMACHINE, among others. A selection of his Blockbuster in Verse, Wichman Cometh, is available from Monk Books.

Bianca Stone was born and raised in Vermont, and received her M.F.A. from N.Y.U.’s creative writing program in 2009. She is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Argos Books), and the poetry-comic I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You, Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press). Her poems have appeared (or are forthcoming) in such magazines as Best American Poetry 2011, Conduit, and Tin House. She lives in Brooklyn.

Greg Gerke’s fiction and non-fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Kenyon Review Online, Denver Quarterly, Quarterly West, Mississippi Review, LIT, Film Comment, and others. He lives in Brooklyn.


Lunar Walk Poetry Series: Egan & Allegretti
Sunday, June 9th @ 4pm – 6pm
Two Moon Art House & Cafe, 315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

A resident of Rome, Italy, Moira Egan’s Bar Napkin Sonnets (2009) won the 2008 Ledge Poetry Chapbook Competition. She is the author of the collections Cleave (2004); La Seta della Cravatta / The Silk of the Tie (2009), a bilingual collection with Italian translations by Damiano Abeni, and Spin (2010). With Abeni and Joseph Harrison, Egan has also published a translation of John Ashbery’s poems— Un mondo che non può essere migliore: Poesie Scelte 1956–2007 (2008).

Joel Allegretti is the author of four collections of poetry: Europa/ Nippon/ New York: Poems/ Not-Poems (2012); Thrum; Father Silicon, and The Plague Psalms. He is also the editor of the anthology Rabbit Ears: TV Poems, forthcoming from Poets Wear Prada in Fall 2013, and his poems have in many journals including The New York Quarterly, Maintenant: A Journal of Contemporary Dada Writing & Art; Fulcrum, The Best American Poetry blog, and the anthologies Divining Divas, Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems and Chance of a Ghost.

Sponsored by Lunar Walk Poetry Series at the Two Moon Art House & Cafe


KGB Monday Night Poetry: Liardet & Militello
Monday, June 10th @ 7pm to 9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Tim Liardet has produced seven collections of poetry. His third collection Competing with the Piano Tuner was a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation and short-listed for the Whitbread Poetry Prize and his fourth— To the God of Rain— a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Spring 2003. The Blood Choir, his fifth collection, won an Arts Council England Writer’s Award as a collection-in-progress, was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation for Summer 2006 and shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize for best collection of that year. The Storm House, his seventh collection, was published by Carcanet in June 2011. Madame Sasoo Goes Bathing, a pamphlet, appears this year; his next full collection is due from Carcanet in September 2014; his New and Selected Poems, from the same publisher, in September 2015. He is Professor of Poetry at Bath Spa University, England.

Jennifer Militello’s first collection, Flinch of Song, won the Tupelo Press First Book Award, and her second collection, Body Thesaurus, was named a finalist for the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award by Marilyn Hacker and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press. She is also author of the chapbook Anchor Chain, Open Sail. Her poems have been published widely in such journals as The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, The North American Review, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and The Virginia Quarterly Review, anthologized in Best New Poets 2008, and awarded the Barbara Bradley Award from the New England Poetry Club, the Ruskin Art Club Poetry Award from Red Hen Press, and the 49th Parallel Award from Bellingham Review. In addition, she has been awarded grants and fellowships from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Writers at Work, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.


BOA Editions: Bryant Park Poetry Series
Tuesday, June 11th @ 7pm to 8:30pm
The Bryant Park Reading Room, New York, NY

For the Bryant Park poetry series, four poets with new books are invited by their publisher to read on a particular date. For BOA that date is Tuesday, June 11. The reading begins at 7pm and each poet reads for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. All the poets titles in print are available for purchase at the reading.

Poets: Christopher Kennedy, Craig Morgan Teicher, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, Michael Waters


The Poetry Project: Lee Ann Brown & Annabel Lee
Wednesday, June 12 @ 8pm
Saint Mark’s Church, 131 E 10th St, New York, NY

Lee Ann Brown‘s past books include Polyverse and The Sleep That Changed Everything. Annabel Lee is the author of Basket (Accent Editions, 2012).