This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

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


LIU MFA Reading
Wednesday,, August 7th @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 35 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Eric Alter is a 10 minute intro accompanied by a 2 minute poem.

Felice Belle is a poet, playwright, and avid fan of Law and Order: SVU. When she is not solving fictional crimes she is teaching writing workshops and editing her first collection of poetry.

John Casquarelli is an English Instructor and director/organizer of the poetry club at CUNY Kingsborough in Brooklyn, New York. He was awarded the 2010 Esther Hyneman Award for Poetry. His work has appeared in various journals and anthologies including Storm Cycle 2012: The Best of Kind of a Hurricane Press, Pyrokinection, Kinship of Rivers, By The Overpass, The Mind[less] Muse, The Poetry Project Blog, and Napalm and Novocain. His first full-length book, On Equilibrium of Song, was published by Overpass Books (2011). When not reading and writing poetry, John can be seen drinking way too much iced coffee.

Tiani Kennedy is a fiction writer and prose poet who was awarded the Esther Hyneman Prize in fiction in May 2013. Her work has appeared in Pyrokinection, Mind[less] Muse, By the Overpass and Downtown Brooklyn. She also teaches English composition as well as Creative Writing to high school and undergraduate students. Her other passion, aside from writing, is visual arts. Whenever she gets the chance, she creates charcoal and pencil drawings, prints, watercolor paintings and graphic designs.

Amyre Loomis is finishing her MFA in Creative Writing at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University and works as a teaching assistant. Born and raised in Detroit, she currently resides in Clinton Hill. She holds a BA in English from the University of Michigan, and completed a BFA in Studio Art at Richmond, The American International University in London and the Royal College of Art. She is published in the Downtown Brooklyn Journal, the Brooklyn Paramount, One World Magazine and authored a poetry column for a Detroit newsletter. Amyre is one of a set of natural triplets, two girls and a boy.

Harry McEwan’s short stories have been published in the print magazines Brooklyn Paramount, Downtown Brooklyn, and Dovetail, as well as on the arts/literature website  His stage plays have been produced in NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Macon, GA.  He is currently working on his debut novel, Golden Slumbers, a contemporary fantasy, while completing his MFA at LIU Brooklyn.

Kai Alexandra Mills is originally a Detroit native, though tapped into her love of poetry and spoken word during her eight years living and attending school in Mississippi. A Cum Laude graduate of Tougaloo College, she was the first student to be twice named the college’s Poet Laureate. Now in the MFA in Creative Writing program at Long Island University, Brooklyn, Kai spends her time writing, exploring New York, and mixing artistry with activism through her participation in BK Nation, a local non-profit. She hopes to spend her life teaching others to use their gifts and crafts to enjoy life and make a difference.

Desiree Rucker is months away from fulfilling a long-held dream, that of obtaining a MFA in Creative Writing (LIU Brooklyn).  She has a B.S. in Marketing from Fairfield University.  Mainly, Desiree has held marketing positions in a number of industries where she earned a living as a wordsmith, of sorts.  Desiree has published her writing in literary journals, most recently, Brooklyn Paramount, By the Overpass, and Downtown Brooklyn.  Desiree lives in Brooklyn, where she continues to dream, work on her novel and take meditative walks with Lady, her ever-loyal Snorkie.

Shari Seraneau creates some writings that she calls ‘beings’ such as Fairy Music on a Corner Store Stage. Shari is currently finishing her MFA at Long Island University.

Evan Thomas graduated with a B.A. in English and French from Le Moyne College.  He is enrolled in the Creative Writing M.F.A. Program at Long Island University Brooklyn, and he works there as a teaching assistant.  He has been published in Brooklyn Paramount.

Sarah Anne Wallen is a poet and book artist living in Brooklyn. She co edits Poems by Sunday and Sun’s Skeleton and founded Brooklyn Paramount, LIU’s hand bound MFA magazine. She graduated in May and her press is called thirdfloorapartment press.



Hatchet Job XVII
Thursday, August 8th @ 7pm
Suburbia, 330 Melrose Street, Basement, Brooklyn, NY

Hatchet Job is a monthly reading series in which poets of all persuasions rattle the jailhouse doors and read in a punk house to stave off the morning. It costs you zero. The booze is a sliver more costly.

Join us for Hatchet Job XVII, in the high death of summer.

Amy King is the author of I Want to Make You Safe, Slaves to Do These Things, I’m the Man Who Loves You, and Antidotes for an Alibi. She is currently preparing a book of interviews with the poet Ron Padgett, co-edits Esque Magazine, and teaches English and Creative Writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead, a full-length, and two chapbooks: The Hero Poems and I Was Not Even Born, a collaborative work with Nick Sturm. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Best American Poetry 2013, Best of the Net 2012, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She is the co-editor and publisher of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry and co-curator of the jubilat / Jones Reading Series.

Ben Kopel is the author of Victory, his first book, and co-author of Shut Up & Bloom. He was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 1983. He holds degrees from Louisiana State University, The Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and The University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers.

Claire Donato is the author of the novel Burial. She grew up in Pittsburgh, PA, holds an MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her fiction, poetry, and lyric essays have appeared or are forthcoming in the Boston Review, Encyclopedia, Evening Will Come, LIT, Octopus, and 1913: a journal of forms. She is the author of a poetry chapbook, Someone Else’s Body, and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. For more information, visit

Hosted by Danniel Schoonebeek



Friday, August 9 @ 7-11pm
The New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, 4th fl, New York, NY

Featured Poets/ArtistsJmx Poetess,Sherly Helene, A Lyric, Special Guest Appearance: Ibrahim Asad Sidig aka P.O.E.T.

ALL of the Artists Community (poets/spoken words artists, singers, musicians, dancers, actors, actress) or those that just LOVE the creativity of the arts are WELCOME. . .

Open Mic Sign-Up list (7:30 pm sharp!)

Donation: $2.00