This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Sundays, Coldfront features five upcoming cross-borough readings in New York City. Here are this week’s picks starting TODAY.



Bellevue Literary Review Poetry & Prose Reading
Sunday, October 20th @ 5pm
Bellevue Hospital – Rotunda (1st Avenue at 28th Street, NYC)

We hope you will join us on October 20th for a reading of poetry and prose in celebration of BLR‘s Fall issue. The reading will take place at Bellevue Hospital, one of the most unique venues for great literature in New York City.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Katherine Lien Chariott’s prose has been published in literary journals including Post Road, The Literary Review, and Sonora Review. She holds an MFA from Cornell University, and a PhD from UNLV, where she was a Schaeffer Fellow in fiction.

Susan Land has an MA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Her fiction has received awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and Writers at Work, and been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Recent stories have appeared in Niche Lit Mag, The Potomac Review, Roanoke Review and Bethesda Magazine. She teaches at SpiderSmart Learning Center and the Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

Tom Sleigh’s many books include Army Cats and Space Walk, winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award. He has received the PSA’s Shelley Prize, an American Academy in Berlin Fellowship, the Updike Award and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lila Wallace Individual Writer’s Award, a Guggenheim and two NEA grants, among others. He teaches at Hunter College and lives in Brooklyn.

Monica Wendel is the author of No Apocalypse (Georgetown Review Press, 2013) and the chapbooks Call it a Window (Midwest Writing Center, 2012) and Pioneer (Thrush Press, forthcoming). She holds an MFA from NYU, where she was awarded Goldwater and Starworks teaching fellowships, and currently teaches English and creative writing at St. Thomas Aquinas College.




Elsasser & Carlaftes
Sunday, October 20th @ 5pm
Zinc Bar, 82 West 3rd St btw Sullivan & Thompson, New York, NY

DAVID ELSASSER has long been on the New York open-mic scene, principally as a host of the Saturn Reading for nine years, and presently runs a weekly peer-workshop, the Parkside Poets. He has been featured and published by a medium-length list of the usual suspects. His chapbook, Last Call, was published by Poets Wear Prada, of Hoboken, NJ. His current project, Drop Downers, a One-Oared Odyssey, consists primarily of drop-title poems. He is very pleased to be here, reading for you today.

PETER CARLAFTES is the author of six chapbooks including The Bar Essentials, Sheer Bardom, Nightclub Confidential and Progressive Shots which all were compiled with other new poems to create the volume Drunkyard Dog. (all Three Rooms Press). Nine of his original plays have been staged to critical acclaim, including Anity, Spin-Dry, Handout, and Closure. He has also written and performed his one-man show, Lenny Bruce: Dead & Well, and is the author of two other books: A Year on Facebook (humor) and Triumph for Rent (three plays).

ZINC is $5, or best offer, which goes to the readers so they can buy you a drink afterwards.




Monday Night Poetry: Ford & Nutter
Monday, October 21st @ 7pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

STEPHANIE FORD’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Tin House, Fence, The Iowa Review, and Harvard Review. She was a finalist for the 2011 Iowa Review Award for Poetry. With photographer Charlie White, she is the author of Such Appetites. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Stephanie now lives in Los Angeles.

GEOFFREY NUTTER was born in Sacramento, and attended San Francisco State University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. He is the author of The Rose of January (Wave Books, 2013), Christopher Sunset (Wave Books, 2010), Water’s Leaves & Other Poems (Winner of the 2004 Verse Press Prize) and A Summer Evening, winner of the 2001 Colorado Prize (Center for Literary Publishing, 2001). His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 1997, The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries and Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Poems by Younger American Poets. He currently teaches in New York City, where he lives with his wife, daughter and son.




Seventh Annual Poets Forum
October 24th-26th
Various Locations

Poets Forum is cosponsored by The New School Creative Writing Program and The New York University Creative Writing Program. Our media sponsor is The Paris Review. The program is also made possible, in part, by support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Anne Waldman, Arthur Sze, C. D. Wright, Carolyn Forché, Chris Hosea, Claudia Rankine, Cynthia Hogue, Dara Wier, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Jillian Weise, John Taylor, Jordan Davis, Juan Felipe Herrera, Ken Chen, Lee Ann Brown, Lia Purpura, Marilyn Hacker, Marilyn Nelson, Mark Doty, Mark Wunderlich, Mary Jo Bang, Matthew Thorburn, Naomi Shihab Nye, Patricia Smith, Philip Levine, Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Ron Padgett, Stacy Szymaszek, Tina Chang, Toi Derricotte, Victor Hernández Cruz



The Multifarious Array
Friday, October 25th @ 7pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY

For nearly a decade, Pete’s Candy Store has featured poetry readings on its elegant stage. THE MULTIFARIOUS ARRAY is the latest incarnation, bringing an eclectic array of the best in contemporary poetry to Williamsburg each spring and fall. InTouch Us Person Magazine says we’re the poetry reading where “the paparazzi have paparazzi.” We don’t know what that means, but we like it!

Sit back, enjoy Pete’s famous cocktails and toasted ciabatta sandwiches and listen to today’s most exciting poets!

Hosted by Dorothea Lasky.

Featuring Timothy Donnelly, Lynn Melnick, Mark Bibbins, Tanya Olson.