This Week in NYC: Featured Readings


Every week, Coldfront features five upcoming, cross-borough readings in NYC.

Email suggested readings to stephanie(dot)whited(at)gmail.

Here are this week’s picks starting TODAY.




la perruque iii
Sunday, January 26th @ 5pm-7pm
Berl’s Poetry Shop, 126A Front St, Brooklyn, NY

Melissa Broder is the author of three collections of poems, including Meat Heart and the forthcoming Scarecrone (Publishing Genius, February 2014). Poems appear in The Iowa Review, Fence, Guernica, The Awl, The Missouri Review, et al. The Chicago Tribune says her poetry “risks the divine” and Flavorwire calls her work “unbelievable and overwhelming for its imaginative power alone.” She has a cult following of 9K teen girls, and a few grownups, on Twitter.

Natalie Eilbert‘s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Tin House, Handsome, Guernica, West Branch, Spinning Jenny, Devil’s Lake, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, Conversation with the Stone Wife is forthcoming from Bloof Books in 2014. She lives and writes in Greenpoint, NY, where she is the founding editor of The Atlas Review.

Loie Hollowell was raised in Northern California. She received a BA in sculpture from the University of California Santa Barbara and a MFA in painting from Virginia Commonwealth University. She recently attended residencies at Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in Ithaca and Salem Art Works in Salem, New York. Last year she received a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts. She has lived in New York City since 2007.

R. Erica Doyle is a native Brooklynite whose work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Bum Rush the Page, and Best Black Women’s Erotica, among others. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and has received grants and awards from NYFA and the Astraea Lesbian Foundation. Her first book of poems, proxy, was published by Belladonna* in 2013.




COPULA III: Ward, Berrigan, & Shufran
Sunday, January 26th @ 8pm
ISA, 348 Wythe Ave at S. 2nd, Brooklyn, NY

Join us for the third COPULA ever: a special Sunday instead of our usual Wednesday.

Dana Ward is the author of Some Other Deaths of Bas Jan Ader (Flowers & Cream), The Crisis of Infinite Worlds (Futurepoem) This Can’t Be Life (Edge Books), & several other little books throughout the years. He lives in Cincinnati, hosts the Cy Press @ Thunder Sky Inc readings series, & edits, along with Paul Coors, Perfect Lovers Press.

Anselm Berrigan‘s recent publications include Loading, a collaborative book with painter Jonathan Allen (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2013), Sure Shot (Overpass Books, 2013) & Skasers, with John Coletti (Flowers & Cream, 2012). Primitive State, a book-length poem, will be published by Edge Books later this year.

Lauren Shufran is a PhD candidate at UCSC and Inter Arma (Fence) is her first book.




After the Fire: New Poems for Hiroshima–Heck, Lowen, & Roripaugh
Tuesday, January 28th @ 7pm-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Please join us for readings from two new poetry collections about Hiroshima and the atomic age by April Naoko Heck & Cynthia Lowen, with special guest & Kundiman faculty member Lee Ann Roripaugh traveling from South Dakota to read, reflect, and moderate a conversation with you. This reading has been made possible in part by funds from Poets and Writers.




Armantrout & Bibbins
Friday, January 31st @ 5pm-7pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street, New York, NY

Pulitzer Prize–winner Rae Armantrout’s latest collection is Just Saying (Wesleyan Poetry Series, 2013). Mark Bibbins’ third book, They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full, is due from Copper Canyon in spring 2014.

Sponsored by NYU Creative Writing Program.




The Multifarious Array: Downs, Marks, & Bohinc
Friday, January 31st @ 7pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY

Buck Downs lives in Washington DC, where he works as a content coach and writer. His books include Marijuana Soft Drink (Edge Books), and his CD Pontiac Fever was released by Narrow House Recordings in 2006.

Justin Marks second book is You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored (Barrelhouse Books, 2014). His first book is A Million in Prizes (New Issues, 2009), and his latest chapbooks are We Used to Have Parties (Dikembe Press, 2014) and Best Practices (Greying Ghost, 2013). Recent work has appeared in Denver QuarterlyMattersimilar:peaksLeveler and Interrupture. He is a co-founder of Birds, LLC, an independent poetry press, and lives in Queens, NY with his wife and their twin son and daughter.

Katy Bohinc is a poet and digital media strategist for the Democratic Party of China. She co-edits COYDUP, a poetry pamphlet dedicated to hand-to-hand distribution at and around Occupy events with Meg Ronan. Work has recently appeared in Armed Cell & Poor Claudia.  Dear Alain, love letters of a poet to a philosopher, are forthcoming from Summer BF Press soon. She has a background in math, comp lit, DC, China, France & Buenos Aires. She lives in Manhattan.

Hosted by Dorothea Lasky.