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.
Brooklyn Poets Yawp with Tina Chang
Monday, April 14th @ 7pm
Local 61, 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY
A year ago today, we hosted our first Yawp at 61 Local. Our hope was to create a space where poets could come together every month to write new poems and share what they’d been working on in a supportive atmosphere. We wanted to create a poetry family. And the results have exceeded our expectations. The quality of the work you share, the warmth and enthusiasm in the room, the friendly, familiar faces–all of this has helped make the Yawp the “best poetry event in the borough,” according to Brooklyn Magazine.
So next Monday, April 14, join us as we celebrate our first anniversary with a very special guest, Brooklyn Poet Laureate Tina Chang. Tina will be leading a workshop on persona poems, how and why one might construct another identity on the page. We’ll have cupcakes for ya, as well as a special sale on our new Marianne Moore #56 baseball tee not yet available in our online store.
Workshop @ 7, open mic @ 8. Sign up at http://brooklynpoets.org/events/yawp and let us know whether you want to take the workshop and/or get on the mic. $5 admission. Members and current Brooklyn Poets students get in free.
This is a poetry-only event. No disrespect to comedians or musicians, but we want to hear poets on the mic.
Monday Night Poetry: Scott Hightower + Jeff Harrison
Monday, April 14th @ 7pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY
Scott Hightower is the author of Self-evident (Barrow Street Press, 2012); Part of the Bargain (Copper Canyon Press, 2005), winner of the Hayden Carruth Award for New and Emerging Poets Natural Trouble (2003); and Tin Can Tourist (2001). He has also published a bilingual collection of poems in Spanish, translated by Natalia Carbajosa. Hightower’s own translations of poems by the Spanish-Puerto Rican poet Aurora de Albornoz have garnered him a Willis Barnstone Translation Prize.
Jeffrey Harrison is the author of five books of poetry– including The Singing Underneath, a National Poetry Series selection in 1987, Incomplete Knowledge (Four Way Books), which was a runner-up for the Poets’ Prize in 2008, and Into Daylight, published in 2014 by Tupelo Press as the winner of the Dorset Prize– as well as of The Names of Things: New and Selected Poems, published in 2006 by Waywiser Press in the U.K. A recipient of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, as well as other honors, he has published poems in The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, American Poetry Review, The Paris Review, Poets of the New Century, The Twentieth Century in Poetry, and in many other magazines and anthologies. He has taught at George Washington University, Phillips Academy, where he was the Writer-in-Residence, College of the Holy Cross, Framingham State College, the Stonecoast MFA Program, and the Solstice MFA Program.
The Highwaymen NYC #18
Tuesday, April 14th @ 7pm
Pete’s Candy Store, 709 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY
POETS: Dolan Morgan, Bianca Stone, Samantha Zighelboim, Danniel Schoonebeek
Chapbooks available at the reading.
Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. He is the author of That’s When the Knives Come Down, a short story collection, and he edits The Atlas Review. His work can be found in The Believer, PANK, Field, The Lifted Brow and elsewhere.
Bianca Stone is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, and Antigonick, (a collaboration with Anne Carson). She lives in Brooklyn with the poet Ben Pease where they run Monk Books.
Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, is out now from YesYes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, is also available from Poor Claudia. His work has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, BOMB, Indiana Review, Guernica, jubilat, Gulf Coast, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. He writes a column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series, and edits the PEN Poetry Series.
Samantha Zighelboim’s poems, book reviews, and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, Bone Bouquet, BOMB, Maggy, and Ragazine, among others. She lives in New York City with her cat Buddha, where she teaches Literature and Writing at Mercy College.
Norman Fischer & Andrew Levy
Tuesday, April 14th @ 7pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY
A Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, Norman Fischer earned an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and an MA from the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California, Berkeley. He spent five years at the Tassajara Zen Monastery in San Francisco. An author of both nonfiction and poetry, his collections of poetry include Turn Left in Order to Go Right (1989), Success (2000), Slowly but Dearly (2004), I Was Blown Back (2005), and Questions / Places / Voices / Seasons (2009).
Early in his career, Fisher was associated with the Language poets; during his time at Tassajara, his fellow students included Jane Hirschfield and Philip Whalen, both poets with whom he maintained close ties. Discussing writing on his website, Fisher states: “There’s no self or person, just what arises … writing is words, how they sound, how they look lying on the page.” Exhibiting a Buddhist sensibility, his poems display a literary bent while questioning the qualities of language.
Fisher has written numerous books on spirituality, among them Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms (2003), Taking Our Places: The Buddhist Path to Truly Growing Up (2004), and Sailing Home: Using Homer’s Odyssey to Navigate Life’s Perils and Pitfalls (2008).
Fischer was co-abbot for the San Francisco Zen Center from 1995 to 2000. He is a founder of and teacher at the Everyday Zen Foundation.
Andrew Levy is the author of Don’t Forget to Breathe(Chax Press, 2014). Other recent titles of fiction and poetry are Nothing Is In Here (EOAGH Books, 2011) and Cracking Up (Truck Books, 2010). He collaborated with the President of the United Hearts collective to The Big Melt (Factory School, 2007), and is the author of Ashoka (Zasterle Books), Paper Head Last Lyrics (Roof Books), Curve (O Books) and Values Chauffeur You (O Books), among other titles. Levy co-edited the poetry journal CRAYON with Roberto Harrison, 1997-2008.
Brenda Hillman is an activist, writer, and teacher. She has published nine collections of poetry, all from Wesleyan University Press, including Practical Water, for which she won the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, and most recently Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire. Hillman serves on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, California, as the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry.
Evelyn Reilly‘s recent books of poetry are Apocalypso and Styrofoam, both published by Roof Books. Essays and poems have appeared lately in Omniverse, Jacket2, The Eco-language Reader, Interim, and The Arcadia Project: Postmodernism and the Pastoral. She has taught poetics at St. Marks Poetry Project and the Summer Writing Program at Naropa University, and has been a co-curator of the Segue Reading Series.