This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

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

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

 

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Pelekinesis & Friends
Monday, September 22nd @ 7pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Authors from Pelekinesis and its house organ, MungBeing, cap off two days of Brooklyn revelry with an al fresco (indoor if it rains) reading at a gem of a bookstore in Prospect Heights. Readings by Holly Anderson, Caroline Beasley-Baker, Peter Cherches, Katrinka Moore, Don Skiles, Susan Weinstein, and Peter Wortsman.

 

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The Poetry Project: Jibz Cameron + Bhanu Kapil
Wednesday, September 24th @ 8pm
St Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, NY

Jibz Cameron is a performance/video artist and actor who lives and works in New York City. Her work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has been seen such institutions as The New Museum, The Kitchen, MOMA, Joe’s Pub, PS122, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, RedCat, OUTFEST, SXSW Film Festival and Performa ’07, ’09, ’11, as well as many international dives both great and small. She has been heralded by the New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years.” In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag, she has also been seen acting in work by The Wooster Group, The Residents, Kalup Linzy, Susan Lori-Parks, among others. She is an adjunct professor of Performance and Theater studies and Comedy Theory at TISCH NYU. She is currently in development on a television series with Electric Dynamite.

Bhanu Kapil teaches through the monster at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Colorado — and through the unicorn at Goddard College in Vermont. She is the author of five full-length works, most recently a novel of the race riot derived from performances and talks in India, the U.K. and throughout the U.S: Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, October 2014).

 

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What’s Killing Me
Thursday, September 25th @ 7pm
Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, 126A Front St, Brooklyn, NY

Lyrical expressions inspired by the punishing possibilities that drive us, time and time again, to put back together the very thing we only a minute ago– and very deliberately– destroyed.

Matt Longabucco’s latest chapbook is entitled Everybody Suffers: The Selected Poems of Juan García Madero (O’Clock Press 2014). His work has appeared in Aufgabe, Parkett, The Death and Life of American Cities; Clock, With+Stand, X Poetics, and Conduit. He teaches writing and literature at New York University.

Brendan Lorber is the editor/publisher of LUNGFULL! Magazine, where his latest essay is entitled “The Ecstasy of Deceit.” He curates the Zinc Bar Sunday night reading series; additionally, on certain Thursdays, Brendan presents the Acculorber Forecast to “…employ a proprietary blend of atmospheric models… until the complete picture emerges.” His newest chapbook is entitled Unfixed Elegy (Butterlamb 2014).

Erin Morrill is co-founder and editor of Trafficker Press. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts. Her recent chapbooks include On Occasion (Diez Press 2013) MaraudEra (Well Greased Press 2014) and the e-chap Withinstance (the new heave ho 2014).

Olivia Grayson writes prose and poetry that combine pop culture with autobiography in an effort to explore the experience of living in a society that sells the promise of ideal beauty, ideal romance, and ideal interventions. Her recent chapbooks include, Cat Lament (2013) and the forthcoming, Being Female. Olivia teaches expository writing and critical reading.

 

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Mature Themes: Book Launch
Friday, September 26th @ 7pm
The New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY

For the release of his new book, Mature Themes (Nightboat Books, 2014), writer Andrew Durbin has curated an evening of readings and performance with artists Harry Burke, Juliana Huxtable, and Jacolby Satterwhite. Artist Jesse Darling will also premiere a new short film.

A hybrid text of poetry and art criticism, Durbin’s Mature Themes is a memoir focused on the subject of disingenuity. The book explores what constitutes personal experience, both online and IRL (“In Real Life”), when to “go deep” and attempt meaningful connection with someone else in a culture of so many unreliable communications technologies is to resend an unanswered text at 3 a.m. Artist and novelist Chris Kraus writes, “Mature Themes negatively embraces media culture in its dizzying vortex of self-reflexivity, where facts exist only as powered by dreams, and dreams are in fact, malignant intent.” Throughout the book, Durbin’s voice mutates into other personae in order to uncover the fading specters of meaning buried under the pristine surfaces of art and Hollywood, searching their attendant star systems (interrelated in the various discourses struggling to shape both the present and the future) for the other realities that structure our experience of both.

Mature Themes negatively embraces media culture in its dizzying vortex of self-reflexivity, where facts exist only as powered by dreams, and dreams are in fact, malignant intent. It’s like that, like a cat chasing its tail. Durbin’s incisive and often brilliant book offers pitch-perfect feedback of a culture where to go deep is to resend an unanswered text at 3 a.m.”
—CHRIS KRAUS

Mature Themes is very good, but Andrew Durbin is going to die alone anyway. Not because he isn’t a very good lay, but because as it turns out, this book shows us how Andrew just can’t enjoy any luxury he seeks to accumulate. Basically, Mature Themes is a musical flood of dispassion seamlessly submerged in a paranoid post-internet takeover where any notoriety turns on living the nightmare dream. Here’s the thing—as Lauren Berlant writes, “sitting with the loss of the world requires a supple affective infrastructure, or a religion.” Sometimes this is music, or art, or academia, or love. Andrew prefers not to be triangulated, which means the promiscuity of his work is also something that has to stretch and move and bend through this by already knowing it’s all over. And as it turns out, for Andrew, aesthetic disinterest, waning faith and terminal irony are not very good ways to find a nice Jewish girl or a homonormie partner. So he is probably going to die alone, but that’s OK, because who doesn’t want a flirtatiously immovable attachment to an impossible position of doom? I’d hit it. I know you would.”
—TRISHA LOW

“Andrew Durbin revisits Baudelaire to ask a question: What would a critique of society look like today? Probably like the Home Shopping Network, a Justin Bieber tattoo worn by a man named Catullus #63, or the sound of an Adidas tracksuit falling. What do you get when you cross the the London riots of 2011 with a flight from PVO to SFO? Durbin’s themes re-negotiates our version of artificial paradise—the sound of spleen breaking apart and evaporating into haunted graffiti.”
—TAN LIN

 

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100 Thousand Poets For Change
Saturday, September 27th @ 2-4:30pm
Hudson Park Library, 66 Leroy St, New York, NY

Join a global event in 700+ cities. Free open performances of all kinds of poets, singers and musicians.