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.




Sunday, March 23rd @ 4pm
Mellow Pages Library, 56 Bogard St, IS, Brooklyn, NY


LUST / Kendra Grant Malone

GLUTTONY / Mark Bibbins

GLUTTONY2 / Sarah Jean Alexander

GREED / Spencer Madsen

SLOTH / Elizabeth Clark Wessel

SLOTH2 / Oscar Bruno D’Artois

WRATH / Dan Magers

WRATH2 / Danniel Schoonebeek

ENVY / Lynn Melnick

PRIDE / Marina Blitshteyn

PRIDE2 / Dorothea Lasky

CHASTITY / Alex Dimitrov

CHASTITY2 / Montana Ray

TEMPERANCE / Sasha Fletcher

CHARITY / Emily Present

DILIGENCE / Paige Taggart

FORGIVENESS / Lily Ladewig

KINDNESS / Jenny Zhang

HUMILITY / Gabby Bess

HUMILITY2 / Mark Leidner





Monday Night Poetry: Yona Harvey & Rachel Zucker
Monday, March 24th @ 7pm-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Yona Harvey is a literary artist living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the poetry collection, Hemming the Water (Four Way Books: New York, 2013), and the recipient of an Individual Artist Grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation. Her poems can be found in jubilat, Gulf Coast, Callaloo, West Branch, and various journals and anthologies, including A Poet’s Craft: A Comprehensive Guide to Making and Sharing Your Poetry (Ed. Annie Finch). She lives with her husband and two children in Pittsburgh, PA, and teaches at Carnegie Mellon University.

Rachel Zucker is the author of The Pedestrians (forthcoming from Wave Books, 2014) and Museum of Accidents (Wave Books, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of MOTHERs (Counterpath Press, 2013), The Bad Wife Handbook (Wesleyan University, 2007), The Last Clear Narrative (Wesleyan University, 2004), Eating in the Underworld (Wesleyan University, 2003), and Annunciation (The Center for Book Arts, 2002), as well as the co-editor (with Arielle Greenberg) of Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days and Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (both from the University of Iowa Press). She is co-author (also with Arielle Greenberg) of Home/birth: a poemic, a nonfiction book about birth, friendship, and feminism. A graduate of Yale and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Zucker teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. She currently lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and was awarded an National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in 2012.




The Poetry Project: Rodney Koeneke & Urayoán Noel
Wednesday, March 26th @ 8pm
St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St. New York, NY

Rodney Koeneke’s latest collection, Etruria, is just out from Wave Books. Previous books include Musee Mechanique(BlazeVOX [books], 2006) and Rouge State (Pavement Saw Press, 2003), with new work forthcoming from Hooke Press in 2014. He lives and teaches history at Portland State University in Portland, Ore.

Urayoán Noel’s most recent books of poetry are Hi-Density Politics (BlazeVOX, 2010) and Los días porosos (Catafixia, Guatemala, 2012). He is also the author of the critical study In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam(U of Iowa, forthcoming). A contributing editor of Mandorla, Noel has received fellowships from CantoMundo and the Ford Foundation, among others, and his work has recently appeared in Small Axe, La Noria (Cuba), Lana Turner, and THE &NOW AWARDS 2: The Best Innovative Writing. His ongoing projects include a book of translations of the early poetry of Pablo de Rokha and a multimedia collaboration with artist Martha Clippinger, with whom he created The Edgemere Letters ( Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Noel teaches at SUNY Albany and is a visiting professor at NYU. He lives in the Bronx, where he occasionally performs and records with the band Los Guapos Planetas.




Gather: New Rivers Press Poetry Reading
Thursday, March 27th @ 6pm
NYU Bookstores, 726 Broadway, New York, NY

Join Kathryn Levy, author of Reports, Maya Pindyck, author of Friend Among Stones, and Purvi Shah, author of Terrain Tracks, for an evening of wide-ranging poetry. We’ll be sharing poems from our collections as well as new work!

We hope you join us for a celebration of words & spring!




The Annual Women’s History Month Akilah Oliver Memorial Reading Featuring R. Erica Doyle
Thursday, March 27th @ 6:15pm
Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave, 208 DeKalb Hall, Brooklyn, NY

R. Erica Doyle‘s first book, proxy, came out last year from the Belladonna* Collaborative. Her work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Gay and Lesbian Writing from the Antilles, Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing, Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam, Gathering Ground: A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade and Voices Rising: Celebrating 20 Years of Black Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Writing. Her poetry and fiction appear in various journals, including Ploughshares, Callaloo, Bloom, From the Fishouse, Blithe House Quarterly and Sinister Wisdom. She has received grants and awards from the Hurston/Wright Foundation, the Astraea Lesbian Writers Fund, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Humanities Council of DC and Poets and Writers, and she was a New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow. Erica is also a fellow of Cave Canem: A Workshop and Retreat for Black Writers.

Our beloved friend, poet, teacher, performer, activist, mother, sister, Akilah Oliver passed away in her home in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, N.Y in 2011.

Akilah Oliver was born in 1961 in L.A. In the 1990’s she founded and performed with the feminist performance collective Sacred Naked Nature Girls. For several years, from the mid-90’s Akilah lived and raised her son Oluchi McDonald (1982-2003) in Boulder, Colorado where she was a teacher at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Recently, in New York City, Akilah taught poetry and writing at Eugene Lang College, The New School, Pratt Institute and The Poetry Project. She was a PhD candidate at The European Graduate School and a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative.

Akilah Oliver’s books include A Toast In The House of Friends (Coffee House Press, 2009), the she said dialogues: flesh memory (Smokeproof Press / Erudite Fangs Editions, 1999), a book of experimental prose poetry honored by the PEN American Center’s “Open Book” program, and the chapbooks An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet (Farfalla, McMillan & Parrish, 2004), The Putterer’s Notebook (Belladonna, 2006), a(A)ugust (Yo-Yo Labs, 2007) and A Collection of Objects (Tente, 2010). She read and performed her work throughout the country as a solo artist and with a variety of musicians and collaborators including Tyler Burba, Anne Waldman, and Rasul Siddik. She was a artist in residence at Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center in Los Angeles, and received grants from the California Arts Council, The Flintridge Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. Among her many other projects, she was writing a book-length theory of lamentation.