This Week in NYC: Featured Readings


Sundays, Coldfront features five upcoming readings across boroughs in NYC.

Email listings for consideration to stephanie (dot) whited (at) gmail (dot) com.




Finishing Line / Levure litteraire Present: Rodica Draghincescu & Friends
Monday, September 8th @ 6:30pm
CAFFÉ REGGIO, 119 MacDougal Street, New York, NY

A reading celebrating poets and their recent publications. With Rodica Draghincescu and Leah Maines, Mark Belair, Hélène Cardona, John FitzGerald, Sherri Felt Dratfield, Ilene Starger, Richard Levine, Rose Auslander.

Free and Open to the Public – Sponsored by Finishing Line Press




NYU Creative Writing Presents: Saskia Hamilton and Matthea Harvey
Thursday, September 11th @ 7-9pm
Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th St, New York, NY

Saskia Hamilton is the author of Divide These (2005), As for Dream (2001), and, most recently, Corridor (Graywolf Press, 2014). Matthea Harvey’s books include Modern Life (Graywolf, 2007), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and If the Tabloids are True What are You?, published by Graywolf Press in 2014.




Privacy Policy: NYC Launch Party
Thursday, September 11th @ 7-8pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front Street, Brooklyn, NY

Black Ocean presents readings by: Emily Abendroth, Ben Fama, Harmony Holiday, Cathy Park Hong, Amy King, Noelle Kocot, Maureen McLane, Eileen Myles, Raphael Rubinstein, and Danniel Schoonebeek. Book signing to follow and Q&A hosted by anthology editor, Andrew Ridker.

Drones, phone taps, NSA leaks, internet tracking—the headlines confirm it—we are living in a state of constant surveillance, and the idea of “the private sphere” is no longer what it used to be. Privacy Policy: The Anthology of Surveillance Poetics responds to this timely and crucial issue through the voices of over sixty contemporary poets, including Robert Pinsky, Jorie Graham, John Ashbery, Rae Armantrout, Nikki Giovanni, and D.A. Powell. Nature, ethics, technology, sex, the internet—no voyeuristic stone goes unturned in this expansive exploration of the individual, information, and how we are watched.




Woods Porn Launch
Friday, September 12th @ 8pm
Mellow Pages Library, 56 Bogart St # 1S, Brooklyn, NY

No, Dear & Small Anchor Press present the launch of David Feinstein’s Woods Porn: The Adventures of Little Walter.

With readings by:
Colleen Barry, Dolan Morgan, Emily Skillings, Emily Toder, and David Feinstein.

=The poems in Woods Porn take you deep into the wet cave of Little Walter’s pants, to a place that is familiar, estranged, and dirty as a little boy’s waterlogged cock. Part Freud, part Whitman, these poems delve into the id of Little Walter, with all of its sparkling, terrible complexities.=

*Promotional artwork by Colleen Barry*

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Saturday, September 13th @ 7pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front St, Brooklyn, NY

Berl’s Poetry Shop and Birds, LLC present a night of Denver stardust! With Sommer Browning and Noah Eli Gordon! Facebook invite.


With BACKUP SINGERS Browning follows up her sold out debut, Either Way I’m Celebrating, with an even rawer and starker, and again darkly humorous navigation of friendship, marriage, and motherhood. The result is a more overtly political assessment of the absurd deficit between what we’re confronted with and what we’re equipped with to deal with those confrontations: “It’s a girl, / and the wires she needs // open her hands / before they’re fists.”

Browning combats this deficit with relentless anaphora and repetition, reducing seemingly impossible relationships to their most basic element–a love that begets an unconditional loyalty: “I’m here! I didn’t run!”

About the poets:

Sommer Browning writes poems, draws comics, and tells jokes. She is the author of two collections published by Birds, LLC, BACKUP SINGERS (2014) and EITHER WAY I’M CELEBRATING (2011), as well as three chapbooks, most recently The Bowling (Greying Ghost, 2010) with Brandon Shimoda. Her poems and drawings have appeared in The New York Quarterly,Typo, Octopus, past simple, Free Verse, The Stranger, and other places.

Noah Eli Gordon is the author of eight books, including The Year of the Rooster (Ahsahta Press, 2013), The Source (Futurepoem, 2011), and Novel Pictorial Noise (Harper Perennial, 2007), which was selected by John Ashbery for the National Poetry Series and subsequently chosen for the San Francisco State Poetry Center Book Award. Gordon is the co-publisher of Letter Machine Editions, an editor with The Volta, and an Assistant Professor in the MFA program in Creative Writing at The University of Colorado–Boulder, where he currently directs Subito Press.