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.




PAAAAAAroooooooooooole in Libertà Futuriste (Futurist Wwwwwwoooooords-in-Freedom)
Monday, June 9th @ 6:30 pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave, New York, NY

Words-in-freedom (parole in libertà) poetry is one of the Futurists’ most significant artistic innovations. Freeing language from the constraints of syntax, these poetic and artistic experiments embraced onomatopoeia, differentiations in font weight and size, and pictorial arrangements of letters, numbers, and symbols. Operating as published poems and visual artworks, many such compositions were also intended to be performed aloud and were declaimed onstage at Futurist serate (performative evenings). Composer, performer, and musicologist Luciano Chessa performs declamations of selected words-in-freedom poems by F. T. Marinetti and Francesco Cangiullo as well as compositions by Carlo Carrà, Fortunato Depero, Paolo Buzzi, and Aldo Palazzeschi, among others. The performance includes a special presentation of Cangiullo’s Piedigrotta accompanied by Neapolitan folk instruments.

Followed by a reception and exhibition viewing of Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe.

$18, $12 members, $9 students




New York Quarterly Reading Series
Monday, June 9th @ 6:30 pm
Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York, NY


NYQ Books authors George Witte (Does She Have a Name?), Monique Ferrell (Unsteady), Maria Lisella (Thieves in the Family), and Clint Margrave (The Early Death of Men) read from their work.




Poetry Confluence: Brenda Iijima
Wednesday, June 11th @ 7pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY

Brenda Iijima’s involvements occur at the often unnamable conjunctions and mutations of poetry, choreography, research movement, animal studies, speculative non-fiction, care-giving and forlorn histories. Her forthcoming book, Untimely Death is Driven Beyond the Horizon will be published by 1913 Press in 2014. She is also the publisher of Portable Press @ Yo-Yo Labs and will publish the 50th book from the press this year. Presented by Leslie Flint.

Brenda says: I’ll read from UNTIMELY DEATH IS DRIVEN BEYOND THE HORIZON, BODY WORK AND MAMA, three works with divergent registers. Between each 15 minute reading I’ll speak for 5-8 minutes about underlying themes, motivations and valences in the works which include the neuromusculature of the body (human and ecological), somatophobia, the body (gross and subtle) as filtration system, communication across event horizons, i.e. speaking with the dead, cogent life in the five mile radius, attractive writing as a genre in formation, movement potential and language potential, toxic uptake and reuptake, the “wild”, the stakes of reproductive labor, provisional autonomies and libido, missing bodies dropped out of historical reckoning, fraternities of animals, outsourcing memory, wolfs and The Hulk, amongst other pressing topics and corporeal questions.

Hosted by Joseph Jim Bradshaw




Tri-Lengua, Summer 2014: Fitzgerald, Skillings, Durbin, Kotecha
Thursday, June 12th @ 8-10pm
Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Join us for this wonderful pre-solstice event!

Readers: Adam Fitzgerald, Emily Skillings, Andrew Durbin, Shiv Kotecha




From The Standard Cyclopedia Of Recipes…. Launch!
Friday, June 13th @ 7pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY

Book premiere of BC Edwards‘s FROM THE STANDARD CYCLOPEDIA OF RECIPES also featuring Amy Lawless and Angelo Nikolopoulos, hosted by Bernard J. Kravitz

From BC:
My first collection of poetry is about to land.
Come hear me be all egotistical about it.
And then maybe buy a copy.
And then maybe drink some of the wine that will be on hand.
Not necessarily in that order.