This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Live poetry has awaken from a late summer slumber. Here are Coldfront‘s picks of 5 upcoming cross-borough readings this week in NYC.



Kundiman & Verlaine Reading Series
Sunday, September 8th @ 4pm – 6pm
Verlaine, 110 RIvington @ Essex, New York City, NY

Happy fall, everyone! Kick off your semester with an evening of poetry & libation at the Lower East Side’s Verlaine. Come early for open bar! Stay after for Verlaine’s super sweet ten year anniversary happy hour specials.

Featured Poets: Nina Sharma, Sho Sugita, Jenny Xie

Nina Sharma is a writer from Edison, New Jersey. Her work has been featured in Certain Circuits Magazine, The Feminist Wire, Reverie: Midwest African American Literature, and Ginosko Literary Journal. She recently was awarded a fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center and nominated for a Pushcart Prize for her nonfiction. With Quincy Scott Jones, she co-created the Noreaster Exchange: a multicultural, multi-city reading series. She is currently attending Columbia University’s MFA in writing program and working on her first book.

Sho Sugita lives in Brooklyn, NY. He works as a medical manuscript translator and studies poetry at Brooklyn College. He was an invited musician/reader in 2012 for Les Souffleurs de Vers: deuxième edition in Grenoble, France to raise funds for the 3-11 Tohoku disaster. His creative work can be found in Washington Square and Endless
 (Classical and New Music on WRSU). He is currently working on a translation manuscript of Hirato Renkichi and Kanbara Tai, two poets active during the Japanese Futurist Movement of the early 1920s.

Jenny Xie received her MFA from NYU, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the LA Review of BooksNarrativeGulf Coast, Indiana Review, and elsewhere. She’s currently a lecturer in the expository writing program at NYU.

Open bar 4pm-5pm
Open mic 4:30-5pm
Feature reading begins 5pm
$5 suggested donation


Lunar Walk Poetry Series
Sunday, September 8 @ 4pm – 6pm
Two Moon Art House & Café, 315 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY


Christine Timm is a spoken word poet and co-hosts, along with NYC poets George Guida and Bob Timm, the New York City Inter-collegiate Poetry Slam staged at the Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan.

Philip Terman’s books of poetry include The Torah Garden (2011), Rabbis of the Air (2007), Book of the Unbroken Days (2005) and The House of Sages (1998).

Sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc., New York State Council on the Arts




Summer Reading Series: Burt, Cirelli, & Lawless
Tuesday, September 10th @ 6:30pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street,
2nd Floor, Room 227, New York, NY 

Featured Poets: Stephen Burt, Michael Cirelli, Amy Lawless 

The poets will 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.

All events are FREE and open to the public. Capacity is limited. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.



3:3 Photography and Poetry: A collaboration with Lauren Henkin and Kimiko Hahn
Tuesday, September 10th @ 7pm
Center for Alternative Photography, 36 East 30th St, New York, NY

Free and open to the public

In this first of three installments anchored in artistic collaboration, photographer Lauren Henkin and poet Kimiko Hahn present images from Lauren’s photo project “Growth” along with poems that Kimiko wrote based on the photographs. Followed by a discussion about their process, moderated by Catherine Talese.

Sponsored by Poetry Society of America, Hahnemühle, Vela Noche, and the Penumbra Foundation.




Southern Writers Reading Series
Wednesday, September 11th @ 7:30pm
Happy Ending Lounge, 302 Broome St, New York, NY 

Matthew Yeager! Chelsea Whitton! Margarita Delcheva! Karolina Waclawiak!