This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Every week, Coldfront features upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. Email suggested readings to stephanie(dot)whited(at)gmail.

Here are this week’s picks.




Jeff Johnson & Shiv Kotecha
Monday, January 6th @ 8pm

The Poetry Project @ St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, NY

Jeff T. Johnson’s poetry has recently appeared in coconut, The Portable Boog Reader, and Forklift, Ohio. Critical writing has appeared in The Aviary, Sink Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn, collaborates on SPECIAL AMERICA, and maintains

Shiv Kotecha’s writing has been published by TROLL THREAD, Gauss-PDF, P-Queue and PELT. He is a PhD candidate at NYU and a co-curator of the Segue Reading Series.




Coldfront‘s Year End Party / Hatchet Job XX
Thursday, January 9th @ 7pm
Home Sweet Home, Chrystie St, New York, NY

As part of the poetry community, we want to offer this night as a celebration and reflection on one of the best, most intriguing years in recent memory. So many terrific books, new reading series, new book stores — it’s truly an exciting time to be a part of this thing, and we want to take time to give 2013 its due. Let’s get together and throw down.

Some of our favorite poets will be there to recap their favorite events, news stories and books of 2013. Expect a great lineup of special guests to be confirmed soon!

Stay after for an epic dance party with guest DJs Eric Amling, DJ Dolack and more!

RSVP on Facebook.




Felix Bernstein & Sophia Le Fraga
Friday, January 10th @ 8pm
The Poetry Project @ St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, NY

Felix Bernstein has produced multiple short videos for YouTube since his satirical Coming Out Video in 2008. Since then he’s embodied characters ranging from Amy Winehouse to Lamb Chop. His first film, Unchained Melody, was acclaimed by Wayne Kostenbaum for its “shock, beauty, complexity, laughter, luridness, lightness of touch, gravity, and phantasmagoric intertextuality—all with a buoyant, giddy, erotically-charged directness.” Tonight, he will be appearing as aristocratic dandy Leopold Brant.

Sophia Le Fraga is the author of I DON’T WANT ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE INTERNET (2012) amd I RL, YOU RL (2013). Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, the Corcoran Gallery, and throughout Berlin and Spain. Her writing has been featured in Lambda Literary Review’s Poetry Spotlight, Coconut, HTMLGiant, Lemon Hound and Poetry Foundation’s Harriet Blog, among other publications.




Segue Reading Series
Saturday, January 11th @ 4:30-6:30pm
Zinc Bar, 82 W. 3rd St

Simone White is the author of House Envy of All The World (Factory School, 2010), and the chapbooks Unrest (Ugly Duckling Presse/Dossier Series, 2013) and Dolly (Q Ave Press, 2008). She studies and teaches American Literature and ideas, and lives in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Lytle Shaw is a New York-based writer whose books include The Moiré Effect(Book Horse/ Cabinet, 2012), The Lobe (Roof, 2002), and Cable Factory 20(Atelos, 1999). His art writing has appeared in Cabinet, Artforum, and Parkettand in catalogues for Dia Art Foundation, the Drawing Center, and the Reina Sofía. With Jimbo Blachly, Shaw oversees the Chadwick family archive, which has been widely exhibited and is represented by Winkleman Gallery in New York