This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Sundays, Coldfront features five upcoming cross-borough NYC readings.

This week’s picks include trips to KGB Bar, Governor’s Island, Lincoln Center, LaunchPad, and Strange Loop Gallery.



KGB Monday Night Reading
Monday, June 17 @ 7-9pm 

KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY 

Jeffery Berg’s poems have recently appeared in Court Green, Assaracus, and Swink.  He lives in New York and blogs at jdbrecords.

MRB Chelko holds an MFA from the University of New Hampshire. Her work has appeared in AGNI Online; Forklift; Ohio; Indiana Review; Transom; Paperbag; and other journals. Her chapbooks are The World after Czeslaw Milosz (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and What to Tell the Sleeping Babies (sunnyoutside, 2010). Chelko lives in Harlem with her husband, Nick, daughter, Noni, and dog, Chuck.

Margarita Delcheva’s recent poems have appeared in Fugue, Ep;phany, Sixth Finch, BOMBlog, and Tuesday: An Art Project. The Eight-Finger Concerto (Riva Publishers, 2010), her poetry collection, was published in Sofia, Bulgaria. Margarita was born behind the Iron Curtain but currently resides in Brooklyn, where she teaches composition. Her favorite flower is an iris.

Paul Hlava was recently given the Poets House Fellowship, and was named a Best New Poet 2012 by Matthew Dickman. His poems have appeared in Gulf Coast, American Reader, and the Wave Books blog, among others, and have been nominated for the Pushcart and Best of the Net.

Dan Rosenberg’s first book, The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012), won the 2011 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, and his translation of Miklavz Komelj’s Hippodrome is forthcoming from Zephyr Press. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in jubilat, American Letters & Commentary, and Beecher’s. Dan is currently a co-editor at Transom and a Ph.D. student at the University of Georgia.



Writing on it All: Al Diaz
Sunday, June 16 @ 12 to 4pm
Governor’s Island, Building 6b, New York, NY

Witness Writing on it All, a giant collaborative writing experiment of read, reacting and revising! All sessions 12-3pm with public viewing 3-4pm each day. Schedule as follows:

June 15th: Kundiman Poets — Writing Race and Belonging

June 16th: Al Diaz — Wet Paint Project

June 22nd: Wendy S. Walters — Out of Mapping

June 23rd: Jovanina Pagano and Rachel Levitsky – Writing in Motion

June 29th: Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

June 30th: Anne Carson, Robert Currie & Ebauche


Kundiman’s 10th Annual Poetry Retreat
Friday, June 21st @ 7pm
Fordham Lincoln Center, 12th floor lounge, 113 W. 60th Street, New York, NY

Come and celebrate Kundiman’s 10th Annual Poetry Retreat as Li-Young Lee, Srikanth Reddy, & Lee Ann Roripaugh share work with 2013 Kundiman Retreat Fellows. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow!

Poets: Lee Ann RoripaughLi-Young Lee, Srikanth Reddy

Take A, B, C, D & 1 trains to Columbus Circle.
Exit at 60th Street & Broadway. Go west of Columbus Avenue. Upon entering the glass doors inform the security desk that you are attending the Asian American Poetry event. Take escalators up 1 floor to Plaza level. Take elevator up to the 11th floor. Take stairs 1 flight up to the 12th Floor. Enter 12th Floor Lounge.

Sponsored by Kundiman


Saturday, June 22nd @ 10am to 9pm
LaunchPad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Popsickle is Brooklyn’s literary arts festival. Now in its fourth year, the fest aims to unite Brooklyn’s array of reading series and mags into one day-long literary megareading. It’s happening this year at LaunchPad. Come for some of it, stay for all of it.

PERFORMERS INCLUDE: Michael Robbins | Anthony Madrid | Paige Ackerson-Kiely | Dolan Morgan | Danniel Schoonebeek | Coriel Gaffney | Ben Nadler | Julia Guez | Rangi McNeil | Montana Ray | Jarrod Shanahan | Andy Gittlitz | Nicole Steinberg | Paul Simundich | Allyson Paty | Jacob Perkins | JD Scott | Christine Kanownik | Sasha Fletcher | Seth Oelbaum | Ana Božičević | Leigh Stein | Jennifer Tamayo | Ryan Strong | Hubert Vigilla | Carole Nicksin | Anna Moschovakis | Sarah V. Schweig | Elizabeth Zuba | Marisa Crawford & Becca Klaver & Lily Ladewig & Caolan Madden & Emily Skillings & Jennifer Tamayo | & more tba . . . .

PARTICIPATING SERIES INCLUDE: Bushwick Sweethearts | Hatchet Job | Renegade Reading Series | Fireside Follies | Moonshot | Vol. 1 Brooklyn | Highwaymen NYC | What’s So Hot | Death Panel | WONDER | Stain of Poetry | Atlas | Bratty Poets

Popsickle 2013 is coordinated by Niina Pollari and JD Scott.


Str8 Boy Div: Schluter, Kaplan, Card
Saturday, June 22nd @ 7pm
Strange Loop Gallery, 27 Orchard St, New York, NY

Andrew Durbin presents: Str8 Boy Div: Schluter, Kaplan, Card

Kit Schluter is translator of works by Pierre Alferi, Danielle Collobert, Gherasim Luca, Claudio Parmiggiani, Jaime Saenz, Marcel Schwob, and Amandine André, whom he is translating in collaboration with Jocelyn Spaar. Recent poems of his own are in or forthcoming in Death & Life of Great American Cities, Interrupture, Sun’s Skeleton, and Boston Review. With the Philadelphia poet Andrew Dieck, he co-edits O’clock Press and its review of writtens, CLOCK (.pdf’s 0.00 USD @

Josef Kaplan is the author of Democracy Is Not for the People (Truck Books, 2012).

Macgregor Card is the author of Duties of an English Foreign Secretary, which won the 2009 Fence Modern Poet Series, and The Archers. From 1997-2005 he co-edited The Germ: A Journal of Poetic Research with Andrew Maxwell.