This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Every Sunday Coldfront features five upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. Even though you may feel your SAD coming on, this week is a doozie, so don’t dose!


KGB Monday Night Poetry: Lerner & Starkweather
Monday, October 8th, 2012 @ 7:30pm – 9pm
KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, New York, NY

BEN LERNER is the author of three full-length poetry collections, most recently Mean Free Path (2010) and Angle of Yaw (2006), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Northern California Book Award. His sonnet sequence, The Lichtenberg Figures (2004), won the Hayden Carruth Award, and was chosen by Library Journal as one of the year’s 12 best poetry books. His poetry has been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry, New Voices (2008), and 12×12: Conversations in Poetry and Poetics (2009). Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, he earned a BA in political science and an MFA in creative writing from Brown University, and was a Fulbright scholar in Madrid. His acclaimed novel Leaving the Atocha Station draws on this experience abroad. Lerner is a member of the MFA Program faculty at Brooklyn College.

SAMPSON STARKWEATHER is the author of 5 chapbooks, most recently Like Clouds Never Render from O’clock Press. His city-destroying mechabook The First Four Books of Sampson Starkweather is forthcoming from Birds, LLC in early 2013. He lives in Brooklyn and is a founding editor of Birds, LLC. He is the starting shooting guard for the Williamsburg Crunchers, the world’s most famous poetry basketball team.


Hunter • Kanownik • Lasky • Zhang
Monday, October 8th, 2012 @ 7:35pm – 8:35pm
Molasses Books, 77 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 

A reading in a standing room, a new bookstore and bar and cafe in Bushwick (L to DeKalb)Get there at 7:35 if you want to sit. The reading will begin at 8:05 and end at 8:35.

Pre (pizza) party at Roberta’s. After (dance) party at Tandem.

LAUREN HUNTER is the author of My Own Fires (Bloof Books, 2011).

CHRISTINE KANOWNIK is pronounced Chris-TEEN Kuh-NAHV-nick. Her first book will be sick.

DOROTHEA LASKY‘s Thunderbird dropped from Wave Books on October 2.

JENNY ZHANG‘S Dear Jenny, We Are All Find plopped from Octopus Books on March 3.


Derrick Brown

Urbana Slam 1.4
Tuesday, October 10th, 2012 @ 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Bar 82, 136 2nd Ave., New York, NY

DERRICK C. BROWN is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.” Proof:

The night shall break down like this
6:30pm – sign ups
7:00 – open mic
7:30 – feature
8:10 – slam
9:30 – hula hoop contest

$8 is the damage ($5/w student ID)

As always you can follow us on twitter @urbanaslam #somethingfunny


Tuesday, October 10th, 2012 @7:30pm
Envoy Enterprises, 87 Rivington St, New York, NY 

LYDIA BELL is a Brooklyn-based performance artist, editor, and curator. She is Development and Curatorial Associate at Danspace Project, where she serves as Managing Editor of the PLATFORM catalogue series. From 2011-2012, Lydia was Guest Editor of Critical Correspondence, a Movement Research publication, and from 2009-2011 she was Coordinator of the Eiko & Koma Retrospective Project. In 2008, Lydia’s work was featured in Maximum Perception: Contemporary Brooklyn Performance at English Kills Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, curated by Peter Dobill and Christopher Harding. Her work has also been shown in New York at Arts Cure Center, AUNTS, Envoy Enterprises, Eyelevel Gallery, Flux Factory, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Poetry Project and Urban Art Projects. Lydia hails from Portland, Oregon and is a graduate of Wesleyan University and the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP).

CHRIS MARTIN is the author of “American Music” (Copper Canyon 2007) and “Becoming Weather” (Coffee House Press 2011). This October, Flying Object will serially publish “CHAT”, an eclogue with Cleverbot. It will appear on their website each day for a month with accompanying illustrations by various artists. He is also the author of “How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem” (Brave Men 2011) and “enough” (Ugly Duckling 2012). He is an editor at Futurepoem books and lives in Iowa City with his wife, the poet Mary Austin Speaker, with whom he co-wrote a play entitled, “I AM YOU THIS MORNING AND YOU ARE ME TONIGHT”.

MARY AUSTIN SPEAKER is the author of the chapbooks “In the End There Were Thousands of Cowboys”, “Abandoning the Firmament” (Menagerie Editions 2009 and 2010), “The Bridge” (Push Press 2011), and “20 Love Poems for 10 Months” (Ugly Duckling Presse 2012). With her husband Chris Martin, she is the author of a collaboratively-written play called “I AM YOU THIS MORNING AND YOU ARE ME TONIGHT”, and her first full-length collection of poems, “Ceremony”, was the winner of the 2012 Slope Editions book prize and arrives February 2013. She operates a tiny design studio in Iowa City, IA.


Saturday, October 13th, 2012 @ 8pm – Late
Gowanus Studio Space, 166 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY

[ featuring ]


[ party + beer + music + dancing ]

DJ Nicole Reber
midnight or earlier

[ chapbook ]

Designed for the occasion
by the best of the best
for all guests, who are all invited.

Doron SADJA is a multimedia artist working primarily with multichannel spacialized sound – combining pristine electronics with lush romantic synthesizers, extreme frequencies, dense noise, and computer-enhanced acoustic instruments to create post-human, hyper-emotive sonic architecture. Doron has published music on 12k, ATAK, and Shinkoyo records, and has performed/shown video and installation work at Miami MOCA, D’amelio Terras Gallery, Cleveland Museum of Art, Issue Project Room, and Roulette amongst others. Sadja co-founded Shinkoyo Records and the West Nile experimental performance space in Brooklyn (RIP), and has curated various new music/sound festivals around NYC.

Lewis FREEDMAN moved to Madison where he now resides and co-runs the ___________-Shaped reading series with Andy Gricevich, with whom he also edits and publishes chapbooks for cannot exist. Also, Lewis co-edits the publication of chapbooks with Agnes Fox Press. Three chapbooks have been published under his name: The Third Word (What To Us [Press], 2009), Catfish Po’ Boys (Minutes Books, 2010), and SUFFERING EXCHANGE WALKS WITH AND (Minutes Books, 2011). Solitude: The Complete Games, a collaboration with Kevin Rydberg, is forthcoming from Troll Thread, something Lewis Freedman is really excited about.

Stacy SZYMASZEK is from Milwaukee, WI, and lives in Brooklyn NY. She’s the author of Emptied of All Ships, Hyperglossia, Orizaba: A Voyage With Hart Crane, Pasolini Poems and austerity measures among other titles. She’s the Artistic Director for The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and serves as a mentor for the program Queer Art Mentorship.

Private Line is operated by Kendra Sullivan, Megan Ewing, Dylan Gauthier & Macgregor Card.

The Gowanus Studio Space is a non-profit organization, providing artists and designers with the resources necessary to make ambitious work a reality. []