This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

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




The Highwaymen NYC: Wessel, Blitshteyn, Deshpande, & Brewer
Sunday, November 17th @ 7pm-9pm
Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Brooklyn, NY

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is an editor at Argos Books and Circumference: Poetry in Translation, and author of the chapbook Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012). Her poems and translations have appeared in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Guernica, Poor Claudia, Sixth Finch, Lana Turner Journal, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a translator.

Marina Blitshteyn is the author of Russian for Lovers (Argos Books, 2011). her work is featured or forthcoming in 1913, Iartistas, Handsome, Two Serious Ladies, and elsewhere. She is a contributing editor at Apogee Journal and just guest-edited the current issue of No, Dear.

Jay Deshpande’s poetry has recently appeared in Phantom Limb, Bodega, Narrative, Sixth Finch, Atlas Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, and elsewhere. In 2012 he was a winner in Narrative’s Fourth Annual Poetry Contest, and his poem “On the Meaning of Love” was named one of Narrative’s Poem of the Week top picks for 2013. He is a former poetry editor of AGNI. He lives in Brooklyn and works in magazine publishing. (

William Brewer‘s work has appeared in Bodega, BOMB, and Phantom Limb. A Creative Writing Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, he’s also an Assistant Editor for Parnassus: Poetry in Review and a poetry reader for Boston Review. He lives in Brooklyn.




The Poetry Society Readings at McNally Jackson: Ann Lauterbach & Ana Bozicevic
Monday, November 18th @ 7pm
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, New York, NY

Each month, two poets will read from recent work as part of a series in conjunction with The Poetry Society of America. Join us on Monday, November 18th for readings by Ann Lauterbach, author of Under the Sign and Ana Božičević, author of Rise In The Fall. Discussion and wine to follow.




Monday Night Poetry: Beckman & O’Brien
Monday, November 18th @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Joshua Beckman was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He is the author of nine books, including The Inside of an Apple (Wave Books, 2013), Take It, Shake, Your Time Has Come, and two collaborations with Matthew Rohrer: Nice Hat. Thanks. and Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. He is an editor at Wave Books and has translated numerous works of poetry and prose, including Micrograms, by Jorge Carrera Andrade, 5 Meters of Poems (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010) by Carlos Oquendo de Amat and Poker (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2008) by Tomaž Šalamun, which was a finalist for the PEN America Poetry in Translation Award. He is also the recipient of numerous other awards, including a NYFA fellowship and a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Seattle and New York.

Geoffrey G. O’Brien is the author of Metropole (2011), Green and Gray (2007), and The Guns and Flags Project (2002), all from The University of California Press. His next book, People on Sunday will be out from Wave Books in Fall 2013; his chapbooks include Hesiod (Song Cave, 2010), and Poem with No Good Lines (Hand Held Editions, 2010). He is the coauthor (with John Ashbery and Timothy Donnelly) of Three Poets: Ashbery, Donnelly, O’Brien (Minus A Press, 2012) and (in collaboration with the poet Jeff Clark) of 2A (Quemadura, 2006). O’Brien is an Associate Professor in the English Department at UC Berkeley and also teaches for the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison.




The Poetry Project: Brossard & Saidenberg
Wednesday, November 20th @ 8pm
St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, NY

Nicole Brossard is a poet, novelist and essayist who has published more than thirty books since 1965, including These Our Mothers, Lovhers, Mauve Desert and Baroque at Dawn. She has won two Governor General’s Awards for poetry, as well as le Prix Athanase-David and the Canada Council’s Molson Prize. Her previous collection in English, Notebook of Roses and Civilization, also translated by Robert Majzels and Erín Moure, was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Her newest English translation is White Piano, published by Coach House Books earlier this year. She lives in Montreal.

Jocelyn Saidenberg is the author of Mortal City, Cusp, Negativity, The Dispossessed and Shipwreck. She is the founding editor of Krupskaya Books and has curated events and performances for New Langton Arts, Small Press Traffic and Right Window. She lives in San Francisco and is currently working towards a PhD at UC Berkeley writing on the poetry of Lucretius and Catullus and anthropologies of violence.




The Multifarious Array: Andrew Klobucar and Maria Damon
Friday, November 22nd @ 7pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer Street, Brooklyn, NY

Andrew Klobucar, Professor of English at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, is a literary theorist and teacher, specializing in internet research, electronic writing, semantic technologies and Web 3.0.

Maria Damon is the author of several scholarly books, including Post-literary ‘America’: From Bagel Shop Jazz to Micropoetries (University of Iowa Press, 2011); Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader, which she co-authored with Ira Livingston (Illinois University Press, 2009); and The Dark End of the Street: Margins in American Vanguard Poetry (University of Minnesota Press, 1993). Her poetic work includes Literature Nation, the first book-length hypertext poem on the Internet (Potes & Poets Press, 2003), which she co-authored with frequent collaborator mIEKAL aND in 1998.

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