This Week in NYC: Featured Readings


Every Sunday, Coldfront features five upcoming, cross-borough readings in NYC. Don’t waste another night puttering alone on the internet, meet some poets to putter alone with later in solidarity.

Email suggested readings to stephanie(dot)whited(at)gmail. Here are this week’s picks.




Monday Night Poetry: Michael McDonough + Tony Towle
February 17th @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Michael McDonough has published poems in Off the Coast, The Agriculture Reader, pax americana, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Poetry from The New School and a BA in American Studies from Bard College. He is the author of Radiocartography (Straw Gate Books, 2013), as well as three chapbooks and an audio CD.

Tony Towle began writing poetry in 1960 and became associated with the New York School of Poetry three years later, when he took poetry workshops with Kenneth Koch and Frank O’Hara. His first major collection, North, was the Frank O’Hara Award for 1970 and published by Columbia University Press. (See Publications for a complete list of books.) He is the author of fifteen volumes of poetry, and he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the Poets Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, among other prizes and honors.




Monday Evolving Series: A Poetic Piano Slide or TPP
Monday, February 17th @ 7:30pm
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural & Educational Center, 107 Suffolk St, New York, NY

TICKETS: $11 per set / $16 for two sets / $22 for three sets
students & seniors : $8 per set / $12 for two sets / $16 for three sets

Steve Dalachinsky – words
Connie Crothers – piano
Steve Swell – trombone




EARSHOT: Marks + Dolack; MFA’rs Baker + Hine
Thursday, February 20th @ 7:45pm
Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Before the mad rush for Seattle, settle into a rad night of poems and prose at Over the Eight in Williamsburg. Note also: this will be EARSHOT‘s 9-year anniversary. F R E E


Justin Marks (You’re Going to Miss Me When You’re Bored)
D.J. Dolack (Whittling a New Face in the Dark)

++MFA Readers++

Angelica Baker (Columbia)
Emma Hine (NYU)

Curated/Hosted by Peter Bogart Johnson

EARSHOT is a monthly reading series that pairs local MFA writing students with emerging and established writers since 2005.




Bushwick Sweethearts: Dimitrov, Engel, + Paty
Friday, February 21st @ 7pm
Mellow Pages Library, 56 Bogart St. 1S, Brooklyn, NY

Alex Dimitrov is the author of Begging for It, published by Four Way Books. He is also the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. Dimitrov’s poems have been published in Poetry, The Yale Review, Kenyon Review, Slate, Poetry Daily, Tin House, Boston Review, and the American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize in 2011. He is also the author of American Boys, an e-chapbook published by Floating Wolf Quarterly in 2012. Dimitrov is the Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets, teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and frequently writes for Poets & Writers.

Laura Eve Engel’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Tin House and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn, and teaches at La Guardia Community College. During the summer, she is the Residential Program Director of the UVa Young Writers Workshop.

Allyson Paty is the author of The Further Away, a chapbook published by [sic] Press in 2012. Her poems can be found in Tin House, Best New Poets 2012, Harpur Palate, Handsome, and elsewhere. She is from New York, where she is co-founding editor of Singing Saw Press.

Chris Hosea was born in Princeton, New Jersey in 1973 and educated at Harvard College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA. John Ashbery awarded him the 2013 Walt Whitman Award for his first book, Put Your Hands In(forthcoming in 2014 from Louisiana State University Press), of which Ashbery writes: “Exactly a century ago, the Armory Show brough European avant-garde art to New York. We are still experiencing the consequences.” Hosea’s poems appear in Conjunctions, LIT, 6×6, Denver Quarterly, Alice Blue Review, The Destroyer, and VOLT. He lives in Brooklyn.




Launch Party: Future Perfect
Friday, February 21st @ 7pm
Bureau of General Services-Queer Division, 83A Hester Street, New York, NY

Join the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division in a celebration of the book we produced for our fundraiser last year: Future Perfect. Edited by Andrew Durbin and published by Publication Studio, Future Perfect includes contributions from:

Penny Arcade, Felix Bernstein, Stephen Boyer, Lonely Christopher, Nicole Eisenman, Bad Grammar, Bruce Hainley, Ed Halter, Juliana Huxtable, Ted Kerr, Kevin Killian, Wayne Koestenbaum, Rachel Levitsky, Trisha Low, Stephen Motika, Eileen Myles, Tim Trace Peterson, Luther Price, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Pamela Sneed, Max Steele, Laurie Weeks

If you donated $50 or more to the Bureau’s fundraiser and you selected Future Perfect as a perk we welcome you to claim your book at the event. Several of the contributors will be at the event, some of whom will read their contributions.

Confirmed readers at this point include the book’s editor Andrew Durbin, Juliana Huxtable, Pamela Sneed, and Max Steele, plus additional readers TBA.