This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Every Sunday, Coldfront features 5 upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. The trains are working and ready to chauffeur you to this week’s readings.
The Poetry Project
Emily Abendroth & Shane McCrae
Monday, November 5th, 2012 @ 8 pm
St. Marks Church, 131 E 10th St, New York, NY

Poets will be reading work from their most recent collections.

Sponsored by The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church.


White SwallowThe White Swallow Reading Series presents: Michael Dickman, Dorothea Lasky, Brenda Shaughnessy, & Susan Wheeler
Tuesday, November 7, 2012 @ 6-7:30pm
Cornelia Street Cafe (downstairs), 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY

$8.00 (includes a free drink)

The White Swallow Reading Series: Poets Michael Dickman, Dorothea Lasky, Brenda Shaughnessy, and Susan Wheeler read from their recent new books of poetry at Cornelia Street Cafe.

Michael Dickman‘s first collection, The End of the West, was published in 2009 by Copper Canyon Press. He is also the co-author of the forthcoming 50 American Plays from Copper Canyon Press. His second collection of poetry, Flies (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), received the 2010 James Laughlin Award. He has received fellowships from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas, the Fine Arts Work Center, and the Vermont Studio Center, and he won the 2008 Narrative Prize. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Field, Tin House, Narrative Magazine and others. He has been profiled in Poets & Writers and The New Yorker, with his twin brother, poet Matthew Dickman.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007). She is also the author of six chapbooks: Matter: A Picturebook (Argos Books, 2012), The Blue Teratorn (Yes Yes Books, 2012), Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Born in St. Louis in 1978, her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, MAKE magazine, Phoebe, Poets & Writers Magazine, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, and 6×6, among other places.

Brenda Shaughnessy’s most recent collection of poetry is Our Andromeda, (Copper Canyon Press, September 2012.) She’s also the author of Human Dark with Sugar, which was a finalist for the 2008 NBCC Award, and Interior with Sudden Joy. Her poems have appeared in Harpers, McSweeney’s, The Nation, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and elsewhere. She is Poetry Editor-At-Large at Tin House Magazine, and is Assistant Professor of English and in the M.F.A. Program at Rutgers-Newark.
Susan Wheeler is the author of a novel, Record Palace, and six books of poetry, Bag ‘o’ Diamonds, Smokes, Source Codes, Ledger, Assorted Poems and Meme, which is shortlisted for the 2012 National Book Award in poetry. Her awards include the Witter Bynner Prize for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Her work has appeared in ten editions of Best American Poetry, as well as in The Paris Review, New American Writing, Talisman, The New Yorker and many other journals. She teaches at Princeton University, where she directs the creative writing program.

Hosted by Angelo Nikolopoulos


UrbanaUrbana Poetry Slam
Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 @ 7pm
Bar 82, 136 Second Ave (btw. 9th & St. Marks), New York, NY

Featuring Ethan Rivera.

Break down:
6:30pm – Sign up for open mic and/or slam
7:00pm – Short open mic
7:30pm – Feature
8:10 – Slam starts
9:30 – Adventure Time Marathon

21+ , $8/$5 with student ID

Follow us at @urbanaslam on twitter



VIDAVIDA Cocktail Party
Thursday, November 9th, 2012 @ 5 pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writing House, 58 West 10th Street, New York, NY
A meet-and-greet for writers, addressing how they can become more involved with VIDA. Special guests include Lucie Brock-Broido, Sarah Gambito, and Deborah Landau.

VIDA welcomes an array of female writers who, respectively, serve as faculty to local MFA programs and administrate non-profit organizations supporting underrepresented writers. Emerging writers interested in joining in critical discourse that addresses the lack of gender parity in publishing are encouraged to join this conversation. What obstacles do female writers presently face? What opportunities are ours to embrace?

VIDA Members and Guests to be present:

· Cate Marvin (Co-Founder, VIDA)

· Amy King (The Count, VIDA)

· Rosebud Ben-Oni (HER KIND, VIDA)

· Becca Klaver (Events, VIDA)

· Rebecca Godfrey (Columbia)­

· Lucie Brock-Broido (Columbia)

· Deborah Landau (NYU)

· Helen Schulman (New School)

· Melissa Febos (Sarah Lawrence)

· Elizabeth Hornig (Brooklyn)

· Camille Rankine (Mahattanville)

· Jan Heller-Levi (Hunter)

· Sarah Gambito (Kundiman)

· Alison Meyers and Hafizah Geter (Cave Canem)

Brief presentations from VIDA’s guests along with a Q and A will be followed by informal conversation and merriment among those who actively desire to create a literary climate more inclusive of work by female writers.

Sponsored by NYU Creative Writing Program, VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts


Patricia JonesWomen Writers of the Diaspora: Patricia Spears Jones
Thursday, November 8th, 2012 @ 6:30 pm
Hirshon Suite, 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor, New York, NY

Free; reservations required at 212.229.5615 or

Arkansas-born Patricia Spear Jones lives and works in NYC as a poet, editor, anthologist, teacher and former program coordinator for the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church and the theater collective, Mabou Mines.  Jones, a 2012 recipient of The New York Community Trust’s Oscar Williams and Gene Derwood Award, has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New, York Foundation for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Goethe Institute for travel and research in Germany.  She was selected for The Pip Gertrude Stein Prize Awards for Innovative Poetry in English, and received an honorable mention for the Ann Sexton Poetry Prize.  Her poem, “Beuys and the Blonde” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.  Jones is the author of Femme du Monde, The Weather That Kills, Painkiller, and Swimming to America, and the co-editor of Ordinary Women: Poems by New York City Women.

This series celebrates the literature written by women across the African Diaspora (African-American, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latina, Afro-European, Afro-Asian, and continental African). Past readers include Opal Palmer Adisa, Jacqueline Bishop, Pamela Booker, Merle Collins, Carole Boyce Davies, Bridget Davis, Monica A. Hand, Ifeona Fulani, Linda Susan Jackson, Pamela Jackson, Tayari Jones, Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa, Diana McCaulay, Rosalind McLymont, and Tiphanie Yanique.

The series is moderated by Celesti Colds Fechter, associate dean for Academic Services at The New School for Public Engagement.


Poets for PetsPoets for Pets – Thanksgiving Reading
Sunday, November 11th, 2012 @ 7pm
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7 St, New York, NY


Dana Bryant grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She made her poetry debut in 1991; in 1995, she released her first book of poems, SONG OF THE SIREN (Boulevard Books/Putnam Berkeley) and the following year her debut solo album, WISHING FROM THE TOP on Warner Bros. Records. She has performed in Europe and Japan with artists such as Speech (of Arrested Development), Zap Mama, PM Dawn, and Ronnie Jordan.

Sharon Dolin’s new book of poems, WHIRLWIND, is out this fall from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her previous book, BURN AND DODGE (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008), won the AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. Currently she is a Visiting Professor at Hofstra University and teaches at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y. She lives in Manhattan with her teenage son and 7-year-old Brussels Griffon named Sono.

Marcella Durand is the author of TRAFFIC & WEATHER (Futurepoem), AREA (Belladonna) and WESTERN CAPITAL RHAPSODIES (Faux Press). She recently completed a new collection, THE PROSPECT, and is now working on a book-length Alexandrine, titled (for now) IN THIS WORLD OF 12 MONTHS.

Barbara Henning is a poet and fiction writer. She teaches for Naropa University and Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita. Her most recent books are a collection of poetry and prose, CITIES & MEMORY (Chax Press); a novel, THIRTY MILES FROM ROSEBUD (BlazeVox); a collection of object-sonnets, MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY (United Artists); and a book of interviews, LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN (Belladonna). Forthcoming is A SWIFT PASSAGE from Quale Press and A Slow Curve, from Monkey Puzzle Press. Barbara grew up in Detroit and has lived in New York City since 1983.

Hosted by Martine Bellen.

Suggested donation $10. All money will be donated to the Glen Wild Animal Rescue.

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–Stephanie Ann Whited