This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Sundays, Coldfront features upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. Here are this week’s picks.

Email listings for consideration to stephanie(dot)whited(at)gmail.



Borscht Salon: Alex Galper and Ted Jonathan
Sunday, July 14, 7 to 9 p.m.
KGB Bar, 5 E. 4th St., New York, NY

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Galper has been writing poems and short stories since he can remember. Immigrating to the United States at the age of 19 did not change this; on the contrary, majoring in creative writing at Brooklyn College and being influenced mostly by American poets created a fusion in him of Russian pessimism, Jewish humor, and Western literary traditions and philosophy. Translations of his poems appeared in more than 30 magazines in the U.S. and the U.K. In his homeland, he is considered a cult underground poet whereas mainstream Russian literary magazines ignore him for his heavy erotic imagery, lack of respect for rhyme and being ‘’too American.’’

Ted Jonathan is a poet and short story writer. Born and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in New Jersey. His work has appeared in New York Quarterly, Web Del Sol Review, Paterson Literary Review, Pedestal, Hiram Poetry Review and many other magazines and anthologies. Translations of his poetry have appeared in Russian magazines. His first collection Spiked Libido was published by Neukeia Press. Bones & Jokes, his most recent full-length collection of poems and short stories, has been published by NYQ Books (2009).




Lunar Walk Poetry Series
Sunday, July 14, 4 to 6 p.m
Two Moon Art House & Café, 315 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY  

Ten-dollar admission gets you a free drink; sign up for Open Mic. Co-curators are Lynn McGee and Gerry LaFemina.

April Lindner’s poetry collections include Skin (2002, and reprinted in 2013), winner of the Walt McDonald First Book Prize, and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped, from Able Muse Press. She has edited three anthologies: Contemporary American Poetry (2004), with R.S. Gwynn; a bilingual anthology of Spanish and English poetry, Lineas Conectadas: Poesia Nueva de los Estados Unidos (2006) and Contemporary Poetry in the United States (2007), a bilingual anthology in Russian and English, and she is a professor of English at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

Nance Van Winckel’s sixth volume of poetry, Pacific Walkers, was recently released from U. of Washington Press. Her other books of poetry include: No Starling (University of Washington Press, 2007), Bad Girl, with Hawk (U. of Illinois Press, 1987), The Dirt (Miami U. Press, 1994), Beside Ourselves (Miami University Press, 2003) and After A Spell (Miami U. Press, 1998), which received the Washington State Governor’s Award for Poetry. Nance teaches in the low-residency MFA in Writing Program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and her current project is a cross-discipline work for which she has invented a new term: the PHO-TOEM. She melds photography (her own) with small poems and other graphic material she “graffities” onto the photographic surface. 



A Tribute to Marie Ponsot
Tuesday, July 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m
Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd St. btw 5th & 6th Aves., New York, NY 

Poets: Edward HirschJason SchneidermanJean ValentineLee BriccettiRichard HowardScott Hightower

Featured Poets: Sapphire, Jackson Taylor, Melody Compo, Alan Felsenthal, Jamie Stern, Michael Broder, Rosemary Deen  

A Tribute to Marie Ponsot is sponsored by the Bryant Park Reading Room.



Harlem Book Fair
Saturday, July 20
Mainstage: West 135th St. at Malcolm X Blvd.

Featuring poets: Chris Knight, Bob McNeil, Shawn Hudson, J-Elijah and more.

Check out the full schedule.