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.




Love Speaks: A Day of Art & Poetry from the Muslim World
Sunday, May 11th @ 1-4pm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Celebrate Mother’s Day by exploring the many facets of love through poetry and music performances, workshops, and artist demonstrations in the Islamic Art galleries, followed by a Sunday at the Met reading and discussion with New York State Poet Marie Howe, renowned poet and editor Kazim Ali, and Columbia University scholar Frances Pritchett. Please see for a full schedule of events. Co-organized with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and City Lore. Presented as part of the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World initiative. Free with museum admission.




DEAR GLORIA … Launch Party with Kirkwood Adams, Liz Clark Wessel, and Sasha Fletcher
Sunday, May 11th @ 6pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front St, Brooklyn, NY

Speaking of the mysterious unknown, did you know that on May 11, at 6pm, Sasha Fletcher is launching his chapbook dear gloria, dear madeline, dear siobhan, dear ethel, dear eloise, dear wendy, dear becky, dear lisa, dear liza, dear michelle, dear tamika, dear tanya, tonight? Well. Now you know. And, while knowing may be half the battle, the other half of the battle is the lineup of readers:

Kirkwood Adams lives in Brooklyn.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel is an editor at Argos Books and Circumference: Poetry in Translation, and author of the chapbook Whither Weather (GreenTower Press, 2012). Her poems and translations have appeared in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Guernica, Poor Claudia, Sixth Finch, Lana Turner Journal, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Her chapbook Isn’t that You Waving at You is forthcoming from Big Lucks Books in 2015. She lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a translator.

Sasha Fletcher is author of the forthcoming poetry book it is going to be a good year (Big Lucks Books, 2015)), one novella, and several chapbooks of poetry (including dear gloria, dear madeline, dear siobhan, dear ethel, dear eloise, dear wendy, dear becky, dear lisa, dear liza, dear michelle, dear tamika, dear tanya, tonight (Big Lucks Books, 2014)).




KGB Monday Night Poetry Season Finale: MARK BIBBINS + LUCIE BROCK-BROIDO
Monday, May 12th @ 7-9pm
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Mark Bibbins is the author of They Don’t Kill You Because They’re Hungry, They Kill You Because They’re Full (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2014); The Dance of No Hard Feelings; The Anxiety of Coincidence, a digital-only chapbook; and Sky Lounge, which received a Lambda Literary Award. He teaches in the graduate writing programs at The New School, where he co-founded LIT magazine, and at Columbia University. Bibbins is the editor of the poetry section of The Awl and the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, Boston Review, Tin House, three editions of The Best American Poetry, and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century.

Lucie Brock-Broido is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Stay, Illusion (Knopf, 2013). She has received many honors, including the Witter-Bynner Prize of Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. Brock-Broido is currently Director of Poetry in the Writing Division at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City. She divides her time between Cambridge, MA and New York City.




Poetry Society Readings at McNally Jackson: Kim Addonizio & Deborah Landau
Tuesday, May 13th @ 6:30pm
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, New York, NY

Each month, two poets will read from recent work as part of a series in conjunction with The Poetry Society of America. Join us on Tuesday, May 13th, at 6.30pm for readings by Deborah Landau, author of The Last Usable Hour, and Kim Addonizio, author of Lucifer at the Starlite. Presented by the PSA’s Executive Director Alice Quinn. Discussion and wine to follow.




Brett Fletcher Lauer & Stefania Heim
Friday, May 16th @ 7pm
A Public Space, 323 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY

Join us to celebrate poets Brett Fletcher Lauer and Stefania Heim and raise a glass to their debut books, A Hotel in Belgium and A Table That Goes On for Miles.

Matthew Zapruderon A Hotel in Belgium (Four Way Books): “…These poems are serious, funny, confident, weird, sensitive, and generous. They achieve something close to Frank O’Hara’s dream of ‘true abstraction,’ a deeply personal and human tone that does not resort to the limiting confines of the specifics of autobiography. This book points forward to a new exciting direction in American poetry, and I am so glad we can finally take it with us into the future.”

Wayne Koestenbaumon A Table That Goes on For Miles (Switchback Books): “Reading these phenomenal and profoundly philosophical poems, I think of still lives by Giorgio Morandi—careful, enigmatic arrangements of the ordinary. Heim’s acoustic elegance places her in the front ranks of those who pursue the plainspoken sublime.”