This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

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



A Tribute to Seamus Heaney
Monday, November 11th @ 7pm
Cooper Union’s Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street, New York, NY

Free and open to the public with no tickets or reservations required. Doors open 6:15. Join us for a memorable evening as poets gather at Cooper Union for a public tribute to the beloved and world-renowned poet Seamus Heaney, who passed away on August 30, 2013, at the age of 74. Each poet will read a favorite Heaney poem, singer Paul Simon will make a special guest appearance, and Irish pipes will be played.

Featured poets include:

Frank Bidart, Sven Birkerts, Eavan Boland, Lucie Brock-Broido, Greg Delanty, Jonathan Galassi, Eamon Grennan, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Atsuro Riley, Tom Sleigh, Tracy K. Smith, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, Kevin Young

According to Jane Hirshfield, “In [Heaney’s] presence and in his words. . .you felt, quite simply, more alive for his aliveness, in life and on the page.”

The event is jointly organized by leading poetry organizations—the Academy of American Poets, Poets House, Poetry Society of America, the Unterberg Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y—along with Heaney’s American publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Cosponsors include Cave Canem Foundation, the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, Irish Arts Center, Kundiman, the National Book Foundation, PEN American Center, the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, Poets & Writers, Symphony Space, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and Urban Word NYC.




Monday, November 11th @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

CRAIG MORGAN TEICHER is a poet, critic, and freelance writer. His latest book, To Keep Love Blurry: Poems (BOA, 2012). His first book of poems, Brenda Is In The Room And Other Poems, was chosen by Paul Hoover as winner of the 2007 Colorado Prize for Poetry. His collection of short stories and fables, Cradle Book, was published in spring 2010 by BOA. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The Paris Review, The Yale Review, A Public Space, Jubilat, Seneca Review, Forklift Ohio, Octopus, La Petit Zine, Fairy Tale Review, Verse, and Colorado Review, as well as The Best American Poetry 2009. He also teaches at The New School and New York University and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and children.

ALEX DIMITROV’s first full-length book of poems, Begging for It, was published by Four Way Books in 2013. His poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, which awarded him the 2011 Stanley Kunitz Prize, The Yale Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, Tin House, Boston Review. Poetry Daily, and other publications. In June 2012 Dimitrov released the e-chapbook American Boys, published by Floating Wolf Quarterly. American Boys included poems, childhood photographs, and digital ephemera such as screencaps of text messages and other images from modern methods of communication and connection. Currently, Dimitrov is the Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, and frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine. Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, raised in Detroit, Michigan, he lives in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.




Monday, November 11th @ 8pm-10pm
Franklin Park, 618 St. Johns Pl, Brooklyn, NY

Join us for a night of Transgression with taboo-smashing authors SCOTT MCCLANAHAN (Hill William, Crapalachia), LINDSAY HUNTER (Don’t Kiss Me), ADELLE WALDMAN (The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.), GRAZYNA PLEBANEK (Illegal Liaisons), and JAMES YEH (Gigantic Magazine)!


SCOTT MCCLANAHAN is the author of the novel Hill William, the memoir Crapalachia, and four story collections, including Stories V! and The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan Vol. 1. He lives in West Virginia, where he is the co-founder of the music and film production company and small press Holler Presents.

LINDSAY HUNTER is the author of the story collections Don’t Kiss Me and Daddy’s. She lives in Chicago, where she is the co-founder and co-host of the flash-fiction reading series Quickies!

ADELLE WALDMAN is the author of the debut novel The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, the New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The Village Voice, and other publications. She worked as a reporter at the New Haven Register and the Cleveland Plain Dealer and wrote a column for the Wall Street Journal’s Web site before turning to fiction. She lives in Brooklyn.

GRAZYNA PLEBANEK was born in Warsaw, Poland. She is the author of the highly acclaimed and bestselling novels Pudełko ze szpilkami (Box of Stilettos), Dziewczyny z Portofino (Girls from Portofino), and Przystupa (A Girl Called Przystupa). Plebanek’s latest novel, Illegal Liaisons (Nielegalne związki), is her first book to be translated into English. Plebanek was awarded the Literary Prize Zlote Sowy in 2011 for her contribution to promoting Poland abroad.

JAMES YEH is a co-editor of Gigantic. His fiction has appeared recently in NOON, Fence, VICE, Tin House, BOMB Magazine, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, and in 2011, he was named a Center for Fiction New York City Emerging Writers Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn, and occasionally he DJs.




Poets on Craft: Nathalie Handal and A. Van Jordan
Tuesday, November 12th @ 6:30-8:30pm
The New School, Wollman Hall, 66 West 11th Street, 5th Floor, New York City, NY

Join poets Nathalie Handal and A. Van Jordan for a lively conversation on their own poetry, aesthetics, the role of the contemporary poet and other topical issues. A brief reading by the poets precedes the discussion, and Q & A with the audience follows. Handal is the author of three collections of poetry, including 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award-winner “Love and Strange Horses” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010), described by Yusef Komunyakaa as “riddled with provocative incantations that verge on a conjuring solidly based in this world and beyond. . . a subtle singing locked inside each poem that raises the stakes.” Jordan is the author of four poetry collections, most recently “The Cineaste” (W. W. Norton, 2013), hailed as work that “goes beyond memorable speech into an articulation of the spirit, the hunger, the enchantment and terror of a nation and a time” (Laura Kasischke). His other collections include “Rise” (Tia Chucha, 2001), winner of a 2002 PEN/Oakland Josephine Miles Award, “Quantum Lyrics,” and “M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A,” recipient of a 2005 Anisfield-Wolf Award. Described by Terrance Hayes as a “master of the dramatic monologue,” he is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award and a Pushcart Prize. Joseph O. Legaspi, author of poetry collections “Imago” (CavanKerry Press, 2007) and “Subways” (Thrush Press, 2013), moderates. Reception and book signing follow. Free and open to the public.




Wednesday, November 13th @ 7pm
61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY

Such range, such grace, such intensity! These artists are working words and images into their own divine images.

Hafizah Geter: William Brewer
James La Marre: Jesse Harding
Grace Miceli: Shana Sadeghi Ray
Marcus McDonald: Evander Batson

Meet the angels of your future.