This Week in NYC: Featured Readings


Every Sunday, Coldfront features five upcoming, cross-borough poetry events in NYC.

Email suggested readings and events to stephanie(dot)whited(at)gmail. Here are this week’s picks.




Brooklyn Small Press Flea
Sunday, June 15th @ 1-6pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, New York

((( A summer market. )))

Books you love by presses you love.


Summer happens. That’s why there’s sangria.


Integrating Influence: A Poetry Reading and Discussion featuring Michael Robbins, Matthew Rohrer and Bianca Stone
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street
New York, NY 

When a poet is searching for inspiration, what oftentimes helps is turning to past literature, or music, or movies, or other art form that seems relevant to them. But the final drafts we read don’t necessarily show that in a way that’s obvious to us. At Integrating Influence, Matthew Rohrer, Bianca Stone, Michael Robbins, and more will be reading their poems on all sorts of subjects, followed by a conversation about specific writers and artists, or specific pieces of writing or works of art, that have had a direct impact on them and how they channel that influence into their own work. Coldfront Magazine’s Editor in Chief John Deming will moderate the discussion.

MATTHEW ROHRER is the author of A Hummock in the Malookas, Satellite, A Green Light, Rise Up, A Plate of Chicken, and Destroyer and Preserver. With Joshua Beckman he wrote Nice Hat. Thanks and recorded the audio CD Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty. Octopus Books published his action/adventure chapbook-length poem They All Seemed Asleep in 2008, and in 2013 Dikembe Press published his chapbook A Ship Loaded with Sequins Has Gone Down. He’s received the Hopwood Award for poetry and a Pushcart prize, and was selected as a National Poetry Series winner, and was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize. He was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, was raised in Oklahoma, and attended universities in Ann Arbor, Dublin Ireland and Iowa City. He teaches in the creative writing program at NYU and in the NYU Low Res program in Paris, and lives in Brooklyn.

BIANCA STONE is the author of Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Tin House/Octopus Books, 2014), and the co-author of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson. She is the co-founder and editor the Monk Books, and chair of the Ruth Stone Foundation. Her poems have appeared in magazines such as American Poetry Review, Tin House, and Crazyhorse. Her blog,, is a space to explore the relationship between poetry and visual art.

MICHAEL ROBBINS is the author of two poetry collections—Alien vs. Predator (Penguin, 2012) and The Second Sex (Penguin, 2014)—and a forthcoming collection of critical essays, Equipment for Living (Simon & Schuster).

JOHN DEMING’s latest chapbook is 8 Poems (Eye for an Iris Press, 2011) and his most recent EP is tugboat ep (BozFonk Music 2011). His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Fence, Augury, The Best American Poetry Blog, Verse Daily, POOL, The Agriculture Reader, Tarpaulin Sky, and elsewhere. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Poetry from The New School. He is Editor in Chief of Coldfront Magazine, lives in New York City, and teaches at LIM College and Baruch College.




BOMB #128 Issue Launch
Monday, June 16th @ 7pm
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY

SUMMER’S HERE and BOMB’s throwing a POOL PARTY to celebrate our new issue. With:

Donald Breckenridge
Corina Copp
Steve Dalachinsky
Vincent Katz
Andrew Lampert
Michael Coffey

Accelerated romances

Issue #128 is BOMB‘s most stately issue, yet. Featuring conversations between Juan Uslé and Shirley Kaneda; Joe Sola and Stuart Horodner; Tania Bruguera and Paul O’Neill; Giuliana Bruno and Sarah Oppenheimer; John Ashbery and Adam Fitzgerald; Charlemagne Palestine and Steve Dalachinsky; Lola Arias and Elianna Kan

And literature, art, and critical work by:

Matt Keegan and Kay Rosen; Katherine Bradford; Vanessa German on LaToya Ruby Frazier; Luis Felipe Fabre on Ricardo Nicolayevsky; Corina Copp on the Semiotext(e) pamphlets; Vincent Katz; Kim Bendheim; Steve Dalachinsky; Donald Breckenridge; Sara Jaffe; Michael Coffey; and Azareen Van del Vliet Oloomi.

Imagine them all laid out on beach towels, noses slathered in zinc, stuffed with BBQ, sticky with sweat, in heated conversation.





Tribute to Gerald Stern at Bryant Park
Tuesday, June 17th @ 7pm
Bryant Park Reading Room, 1065 Avenue of the Americas Suite 2400, New York, NY

Please join the Poetry Society of America for a tribute to Gerald Stern at Bryant Park – a poetry reading by Gerald Stern, Kimiko Hahn, Rebecca Gayle Howell, and Alicia Ostriker. Co-presented by Bryant Park Reading Room. Admission is free.




Walt Whitman comes to Berl’s
Friday, June 20th @ 7pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front St, Brooklyn, NY

Come one come all
to the unveiling of
Lego Walt Whitman,
a bust
built with building blocks
by Jeff Peterson

With readings and talks by
Filip Marinovich
Ben Kopel

and more!

“It’s like I can tell him anything”

“His poetry truly comes to life in his face”




Caribbean Voices
Saturday, June 21st @ 1-4pm
Countee Cullen Branch, NYPL, 104 West 136 Street (near Lenox Avenue), New York, NY

Caribbean Voices with Poets Keisha Gaye-Anderson, Anton Nimblett, and Cheryl Boyce Taylor.