This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Sundays, Coldfront features upcoming readings from across the five NYC boroughs. Here are this week’s picks.




Lunar Walk Series: Shankar & Arvio
Sunday, August 11th @ 4pm-6pm

Two Moon Art House & Cafe, 315 4t Avenue, Brookyn, NY


2010 National Poetry Review prize winner Ravi Shankar and internationally-renowned poet Sarah Arvio will read in the Lunar Walk Poetry Series at the Two Moon Art House & Café. Co-curators are Lynn McGee and Gerry LaFemina.

This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers, Inc., with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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




Academy Summer Reading: Corral, Harvey, & Militello 
Tuesday, August 13th @ 6:30pm
NYPL, Schwarzman Building, 2nd Floor, Room 227, New York, NY 

Free and open to the public  Award-winning poets Eduardo C. Corral, Matthea Harvey, and Jennifer Militello each begin their reading at New York Public Library with a poem written by an iconic American poet that they’ve selected from the library’s Berg Collection. The Library will display digital copies of these original drafts at the reading.

The Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature includes some 35,000 printed items and 2,000 linear feet of archives and manuscripts representing the work of more than 400 authors and poets dating from 15th century to the present.

Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Sponsored by Academy of American Poets and The New York Public Library


Intercultural Poetry Series
Wednesday, August 14th @ 6pm
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St, New York, NY

Andrey is away, but we are lucky to have Carmen Firan host tonight.

Edward Foster’s most recent books include What He Ought To Know: New and Selected Poems (20
06), A History of the Common Scale (2008), The Beginning of Sorrows (2009), and Dire Straits (2012). A professor of American Studies in the College of Arts and Letters at the Stevens Institute of Technology, he is the founding editor of Talisman House, Publishers.

Lisa Bourbeau‘s poetry, translations and criticism has appeared in numerous online and print journals, including webdelsol, Talisman: A Literary Journal, and Ploughshares. The author of Cuttings from the Garden of Little Fears, she is currently working on translation of selected poems of the Turkish poet Lale Muldur.

Carla Baricz has edited and translated the Trinity Press anthology: Romanian Writers on Writing and has published a collection of poems in Romanian with Junimea Press. She reviews for Words Without Borders. Her graduate work at Yale focuses on the poets and writers of the English Renaissance.

$ 8 includes a drink, food menu available.




Drunken Careening Writers
Thursday, August 15th @ 7pm-9pm
KGB Bar, 35 E. 4th St, New York, NY 

Molly “Equality” Dykeman (aka Andrea Alton) is a New York based poet, unlicensed security guard and lover of all ladies.  She also loves to eat nachos. Molly has performed her comedy all over New York, including performances at Gotham, Comix, XL, The PIT, The Comedy Cellar, Arlene’s Grocery, The Knitting Factory, The Laughing Devil, The Stonewall Inn, Dixon Place and The Laurie Beechman Theater. Until Molly’s recent blacklisting, she also had performed her poetry at various churches and synagogues.

Jacob M. Appel is the author of the novel, The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up and 200 short stories that have appeared in leading literary journals.  His second novel, The Biology of Luck, will be published in October, and his story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, will come out in November.  Jacob’s prose has won the Boston Review Short Fiction Competition, the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Award for the Short Story, the Dana Award, the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, the North American Review’s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, and many others. Jacob’s stage plays have been performed in New York City, regionally and abroad. Jacob has taught most recently at Brown University, and at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop. Jacob holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brown, an M.S. in bioethics from Albany Medical College, a Master of Public Health from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, an M.A. and an M.Phil. from Columbia, an M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.F.A. in fiction from N.Y.U. an MFA in playwriting from Queens College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  He also publishes in the field of bioethics He currently practices medicine at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City and will be teaching fiction at Yeshiva University in the fall. More at:

Meghan Cary is an actor and a performing songwriter. Roles include Susan in “Outlook”, (by Kathleen Warnock), Flannery in Meryl Cohn’s “Insatiable Hunger” (with Lea DeLaria), Kathleen in “Terra Nova”, Claire in “Proof”, Ismene in “Antigone”, Olivia in “Twelfth Night”, Aemelia in “Othello”, Helena in “Midsummer Night’s Dream” and Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors”. Meghan released her 4th CD, “Building this House” last year, and is currently writing for her 5th. You can catch Meghan live in concert in NYC this September. For information on this and other musical events, please join Meghan’s email list tonight or at

PENolan has been a preschool teacher in New York City for about 25 years. Although unpublished in the traditional sense, Tricia is a regular contributor to the websites Worldwide Hippies and Roundtree7 she has been writing on her own blog, Menopausal Stoners for several years.  She’s also read at Drunken! Careening! Writers! enough times to count as a MFA program. Tricia is working on The Menopausal Stoners Guide to Parenting—which she hopes functions as an asshole prevention program for a new generation of parents. She claims to be working on her racy memoirs, but at the moment, she’s fixing to go to Burning Man. She successfully met the requirement in her divorce decree to write under a pseudonym, but Tricia continues to write as PENolan in order to prevent the parents of her students from becoming alarmed.

About Us
Drunken! Careening! Writers! is a reading series based on the proposition that all readings should be by: 1) Good Writers; 2) Who read their work well; 3) Something in it makes people laugh (nervous laughter counts). And 15 minutes tops.