This Week in NYC: Featured Readings


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

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




Monday Night Poetry: Laux & Millar
Monday, March 10th @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

DORIANNE LAUX’s most recent books of poems are The Book of Men (2011), winner of the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry and the Paterson Poetry Prize, and Facts about the Moon (2007), recipient of the Oregon Book Award and short-listed for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, finalist for the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, and Smoke. She is the recipient of two “Best American Poetry” Prizes, a Pushcart Prize, two fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Widely anthologized, her work has appeared in the Best of APR, The Norton Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and The Best of the Net. In 2001, she was invited by late poet laureate Stanley Kunitz to read at the Library of Congress. Recent poems appear in The American Poetry Review, Cimarron Review, and Tin House. She and her husband, poet Joseph Millar, moved to Raleigh in 2008 where she teaches poetry and directs the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

JOSEPH MILLAR grew up in western Pennsylvania and was educated at Penn State and the Johns Hopkins University, where he earned an MA in poetry writing. He worked as a commercial fisherman and telephone repairman for more than 20 years, and his accessible narrative poems often take working life as a means of engaging themes of class, family, and romantic love. Millar is the author of several poetry collections, including Blue Rust (2011), Fortune (2007), and Overtime (2001), which was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montalvo Arts Center, and Oregon Literary Arts. His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio program The Writer’s Almanac, and won a Pushcart Prize. Millar, who has taught at Pacific University, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, poet Dorianne Laux.




TRIPTYCH: Karl, Salerno, & Toder
Thursday, March 13th @ 8:30pm
Body Actualized Center, 143 Troutman St, Brooklyn, New York

Steven Karl is the author of Dork Swagger (Coconut Books). His chapbooks and collaborative chapbooks have been published by Lame House Press, H_NGM_N, Flying Guillotine Press, and Peptic Robot Press. He is the Features editor for Coldfront Magazine and the poetry editor for Sink Review and lives in Miami, Florida.

Christopher Salerno‘s newest book of poems, “ATM,” was selected by D.A. Powell for the 2013 Georgetown Review Poetry Prize. Previous books include “Minimum Heroic” (Mississippi Review Poetry Prize 2010), and “Whirligig” (Spuyten Duyvil Publishing House 2006). His chapbook, “Automatic Teller” won the 2013 Laurel Review Midwest Chapbook Prize and will be published in 2014. Another chapbook, “AORTA,” was published by Poor Claudia in fall 2013. His poems have appeared in Fence, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, American Letters and Commentary, Jubilat, and others. He’s an Assistant Professor of English at William Paterson University where manages the new journal, Map Literary.

Emily Toder is the author of Science (Coconut Books, 2012) and the chapbooks No Land (Brave Men Press, forthcoming 2014), Brushes With (Tarpaulin Sky, 2010), and I Hear a Boat (Duets, 2010). Her next collection, Beachy Head, is due out from Coconut in 2014. A graduate of the MFA Program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she also holds degrees in Literary Translation and Library Science. She lives on a garden level in Brooklyn.




Sacred Woods 2
Friday, March 14th @ 7pm
Queens Tavern, 6869 Fresh Pond Rd, Ridgewood, NY

Lonely Christopher is a poet and filmmaker. He is the author of the poetry collection Death & Disaster Series (Monk Books, 2014) and the short story collection The Mechanics of Homosexual Intercourse, which was a 2011 selection of Dennis Cooper’s Little House on the Bowery imprint of Akashic Books. His plays have been produced in New York City and China. He wrote and directed the feature film MOM (Cavazos Films, 2013) and his stories have been adapted for the screen in Canada and France. He lives in Brooklyn.

Jennifer BARRRRRFFFFFFFFFFF Tamayo is the author of the hybrid collection of art and poems, Red Missed Aches Read Missed Aches Red Mistakes Read Mistakes (Switchback, 2011) and POEMS ARE THE ONLY REAL BODIES (Bloof Books, 2013). Her second full length collection of work, YOU DA ONE, will be published by Coconut in 2014. JT lives in Brooklyn and serves as the Managing Editor at Futurepoem. Video and writing can be found at




Saturday, March 15th @ 4:30pm
Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY

Andrew Durbin will give a talk on poet and artist-in-residence Bunny Rogers at the Queens Museum. Bunny will also read from her forthcoming book, My Apologies Accepted.

ANDREW DURBIN is the author of Mature Themes (Nightboat Books 2014) and several chapbooks, including Believers (Poor Claudia 2013). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Boston Review, Fence, Mousse, Triple Canopy, and elsewhere. Beginning Fall 2014, he will be the Talks Curator at the Poetry Project. He co-edits Wonder and lives in New York.

BUNNY ROGERS is an artist and poet who lives and works in New York, where she is currently in residency at the Queens Museum of Art. Recent activities include a solo show at Appendix Project Space in Portland, Oregon; an exhibition, with Benjamin Asam Kellogg, at Sandy Brown, Berlin; and a multimedia installation at 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, with Filip Olszewski. A book of her poetry, My Apologies Accepted, is forthcoming from Civil Coping Mechanisms.




New Agendas: Josef Kaplan + Ann Hirsch
Saturday, March 15th @ 7:30pm
Macie Gransion, 87 Rivington St, New York, NY

JOSEF KAPLAN is the author of All Nightmare: Introductions, 2011-2012 (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014), Kill List (Cars Are Real, 2013), and Democracy Is Not for the People (Truck Books, 2012).

ANN HIRSCH is a video and performance artist who looks at the ways technology has influenced popular culture and gender. Her research has included becoming a YouTube camwhore, amassing over two million views on her videos, as well as making appearances on some popular reality television shows including as a romantic contestant on Vh1’s Frank the Entertainer…In a Basement Affair. She was awarded a 2012–13 Rhizome commission for her two person play Playground, which debuted at the New Museum to a sold out crowd. Her companion ebook, Twelve was censored from the iTunes store but is now available through Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. She has been an artist in residence at Yaddo, Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her work been written about for, The New York Times,, and more. Ann currently resides in Brooklyn.