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.




The Highwaymen NYC: Iris Cushing, Adam Fitzgerald, Allyson Paty, Michael Lala
Sunday, March 16th @ 7-9pm
Local 31, 31 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY

Chapbooks available at the reading.

Iris Marble Cushing is the author of Wyoming (Furniture Press Books, 2013). Her poems have appeared in numerous literary journals, most recently Abraham Lincoln. She has received a 2014 Process Space residency through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for her poetry performance work.

Adam Fitzgerald is the author of The Late Parade (Liveright, 2013). His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, The American Reader and elsewhere. He teaches at Rutgers and next summer will direct The Ashbery Home School with Timothy Donnelly and Dorothea Lasky.

Allyson Paty‘s poems can be found in Tin House, Best New Poets 2012, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, the PEN Poetry Series, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, The Further Away, was published by [sic] Press in 2012. She is from New York, where she is editor of Singing Saw Press.

Mike Lala is the author of the chapbooks, [fire!] ([sic] Press 2011) and Under the Westward Night (Knickerbocker Circus 2010), and poems appearing in Boston Review, Fence, The Brooklyn Rail, Colorado Review, and VOLT, among others. From 2010-2013, he co-curated Fireside Follies. He now edits Washington Square and teaches a veterans’ writing workshop at New York Univ.




Monday Night Poetry
Monday, March 17th @ 7:30pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Lawrence Joseph is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Into It and Codes, Precepts, Biases, and Taboos: Poems 1973–1993 (which includes his first three books, Shouting at No One, Curriculum Vitae, and Before Our Eyes), published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He is also the author of two books of prose, Lawyerland, also published by FSG, and The Game Changed: Essays and Other Prose, published by the University of Michigan Press in its Poets on Poetry Series. Born in Detroit, he is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Cambridge, where he received a M.A. in English Language and Literature, and the University of Michigan Law School. He is presently Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, and has also taught in the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton. Married to the painter Nancy Van Goethem, he has lived for the past thirty-three years in downtown Manhattan.

John Yau has published over 50 books of poetry, fiction, and art criticism. Yau’s many collections of poetry include Corpse and Mirror (1983), selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series, Edificio Sayonara (1992), Forbidden Entries (1996), Borrowed Love Poems (2002), Ing Grish (2005), Paradiso Diaspora (2006), Exhibits (2010), and Further Adventures in Monochrome (2012). Honors and awards for his work including a New York Foundation for the Arts Ward, the Jerome Shestack Award, and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram-Merrill Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and was named a Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters by France. Yau has taught at many institutions, including Pratt, the Maryland Institute College of Art and School of Visual Arts, Brown University, and the University of California-Berkeley. Since 2004 he has been the Arts editor of the Brooklyn Rail. He teaches at the Mason Gross School of the Arts and Rutgers University, and lives in New York City.




Red Hen Press
Tuesday, March 18th @ 6:30pm-1am
61 Local, 61 Bergen St, New York, NY

Join Red Hen Press at 61 Local for a Boreal event.

This event will feature:

Anne Coray is the author of Bone Strings (Scarlet Tanager Books); coauthor of Lake Clark National Park (Alaska Geographic Association); and coeditor of Crosscurrents North: Alaskans on the Environment (University of Alaska Press). Her poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, Poetry, North American Review, Connecticut Review, The Women’s Review of Books, in several anthologies, and on the Verse Daily web site. She has been a finalist with White Pine Press, Carnegie Mellon, Rooster Hill Press, Water Press & Media, and Bright Hill Press. A two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Coray is the recipient of grants and a fellowship from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and an individual artist project award from the Rasmuson Foundation. She lives at her birthplace on remote Qizhjeh Vena (Lake Clark) in southwest Alaska.

Melina Draper’s poems have appeared in ZYZZYVA, Cimarron Review, Borderlands: Texas Review, PALABRA: A Magazine of Chicano & Latino Literary Art, Salamander, and other journals. Her book Place of Origin/Lugar de Origen (Oyster River Press, 2008), co-authored with her mother, Argentine writer Elena Lafert, won the Latino Book Award for Best Bilingual Book of Poetry in 2009. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and an MA in fiction from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in Geneva, New York.

Erin Coughlin Hollowell is a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, she lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions, from tapestry weaving to arts administration. She earned her MFA from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Alaska. Her work has most recently been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Weber Studies, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, and Sugar House Review.

Susanna J. Mishler’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, such as The Iowa Review, Mid-American Review, and Kenyon Review Online. She holds an MFA in Poetry from The University of Arizona in Tucson, where she served as a poetry editor for Sonora Review. She’s the recipient of a Peter Taylor Fellowship in Poetry at the Kenyon Review Writers’ Workshop. Susanna is a founder and curator of the Synergies Live Reading and Performance Series in her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. In addition to her literary pursuits, Susanna works as an electrician.

Nicole Stellon O’Donnell was born and raised on Chicago’s South Side. In 1994, she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where she earned an MFA from the University of Alaska. She has lived in Alaska ever since. Her poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Women’s Review of Books, Ice Floe, Cirque, and other literary journals. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Anchorage Daily News and as commentaries for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She received an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation to support the writing of Steam Laundry.

Peggy Shumaker is Alaska State Writer Laureate. Her previous book of poems is Gnawed Bones. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally. Toucan Nest, her most recent collection, grew from an eco-arts writing workshop in Costa Rica. Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop. She is founding editor of Boreal Books, publishers of fine art and literature from Alaska. She edits the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press. Please visit her website at




Pete’s Reading Series: Adam Wilson & Victoria Redel
Thursday, March 20th @ 7:30pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY

Hosted by Lindsay Hood and Jillian Capewell

Adam Wilson is the author of What’s Important is Feeling: Stories (Harper Perennial, 2014),and Flatscreen: A novel (Harper Perennial, 2012), which was a National Jewish Book Award Finalist, an Indie Next Pick, and an Amazon Book of the Month. In 2012, Adam received the Paris Review’s Terry Southern Prize which awards, “wit, panache, and sprezzatura in work published by The Paris Review.” Brooklyn Magazine recently named him to its list of 50 Funniest People in Brooklyn.

Victoria Redel is the author of three books of poetry and three books of fiction with a new collection of stories, Make Me Do Things, which came out in fall 2013. Her most recent novel, The Border of Truth, was awarded the 2001 S. Mariella Gable Novel Award and the 2002 Forward Silver Literary Fiction Prize and was chosen in 2001 as a Los Angeles Times Best Book. Redel is on the faculty of Sarah Lawrence College. She currently serves as Vice President of PEN America.




Aaron Kunin & Lucy Ives
Saturday, March 22nd @ 8pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Aaron Kunin is recently the author of Grace Period, a book of aphorisms, sketches, and fragments. Cold Genius, a new book of poems, is forthcoming. He lives in Los Angeles.

Lucy Ives is most recently the author of Orange Roses, a collection of poems and essays, and nineties, a novel about a decade. A new book, including a novella, The Worldkillers, is forthcoming in spring 2014. She lives in New York City and is a deputy editor with Triple Canopy.