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.




Monday Night Poetry
Monday, October 20th @ 7:3pm
KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York, NY

James Richardson is the author of many collections of poetry, criticism, and aphorisms, including Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, (Ausable Press, 2004) and By the Numbers (Copper Canyon, 2010). He has been awarded or nominated for some of the top awards in American literature, including the Jackson Poetry Prize, the National Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His work has appeared in multiple editions of The Best American Poetry, and in publications including The New Yorker, Paris Review, and Slate. He is Professor of English & Creative Writing at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1980.

Star Black founded the KGB Poetry Series in 1997 with David Lehman. Her most recent books of poems are Ghostwood (Melville House) and Velleity’s Shade (Sarurnalia Books). Her collages were recently exhibited at John Jermain Memorial Library in Sag Harbor. She is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literature.




112th: Michael Keenan & John Duvernoy
Tuesday, October 21st @ 7pm
Book Culture, 536 W 112th St, New York, NY 10025

Join us Tuesday, October 21st at 7pm for a reading featuring Michael Keenan, launching his new work, Translations On Waking In An Italian Cemetery, and John Duvernoy, author of Something In The Way // Obstruction Blues.

The poems in Translations On Waking In An Italian Cemetery illuminate that ‘other world, inside this one.’ Wearing line breaks to score your heart beat by, these poems limn the phantasmagoric backstreets till dawn, never settling for the comfort of the nihilist’s pose.

Something In The Way is an aboriginal blues, a gut map, where ecstatic clarity shares a bed with gall stone blindness. Proceeding by feints and jabs, deadpan misdirection undercutting stark confession, the pages share a core vulnerability, a magnetic bruise. These are loner’s poems, vying to connect. Sunk deep in the mud of childhood, dragged by an erotic comb with missing teeth, what passes through unexamined, re-emerges in adulthood, wearing masks.

Michael Keenan received his MFA in Literary Arts from Brown University. His first chapbook, Two Girls, was published by Say No Press in 2009, and his first book, Translations On Waking In An Italian Cemetery, was released by A-Minor Press in June of 2014. He was nominated for a Puschart Prize in 2011 and was chosen by C.D. Wright to be featured in the PEN Poetry Series. His writing has appeared in Fence, Posit, Chronopolis, Alice Blue Review, Shampoo, NYQ Reviews, Paul Revere’s Horse, Caketrain, A-Minor Magazine, Inter|rupture, Arsenic Lobster, Word For/Word, and Flag + Void, among others, and is forthcoming in Poetry International. Michael currently talks to people at Columbia University and the New School.

John Duvernoy’s first collection of poetry Something In The Way//Obstruction Blues was published by Horse Less Press in 2014. His chapbook Razor Love was put out by Unlock the Clockcase in 2006. John has received fellowships to the Vermont Studio Center and the Millay Colony for the Arts. In 2012 he was awarded a Writer’s Grant from the Boomerang Fund for Artists. New work can be found in the upcoming issue of Lana Turner. John lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.




Architecture & Archives: The Library as Source Material with Valeria Luiselli
Tuesday, October 21st @ 7pm
Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY

The author of Faces in the Crowd and Sidewalks, novelist and essayist Valeria Luiselli uses the city to exercise a roving intelligence, seeking out the questions imbedded in our human landscape. She’ll discuss her month-long residency in the Poets House archives and the influence of poetry, architecture and archives on her work. She’ll be joined by Coffee House Press’s Jay Peterson.

Presented in partnership with Coffee House Press.




Greetings Readings
Thursday, October 23rd 7:30pm
Unnameable Books, Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Julien Poirier, Lea Bertucci with G. Lucas Crane & Leslie Allison

All Greetings Readings take place at Unnameable Books in airy Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, corner of St. Marks& Vanderbilt during Thursdays in Oct & Nov. Meet n
greet begins at 7:30pm, readings & performances start 8ish & are held in either the lovely white stone backyard or the book-lined basement. Pass the hat & be… Free.




Manhattan launch of the Guernica Annual
Thursday, October 23rd @ 7pm
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, New York, NY

This year Guernica celebrates ten years of award-winning, free online content. Our first-ever print edition (published in partnership with Haymarket Books) contains fearless reportage, memoir, compelling interviews, and emerging and established poets and fiction writers. Join us for readings from the Annual, a conversation with the staff and editors of Guernica, and to grab your copy of our first non-digital edition.

Short readings from: Richard Price (Lush Life, Clockers), Lorraine Adams (The Room and the Chair, Harbor), Kelly Sundberg (“It Will Look Like a Sunset”), Maria Mutch (Know the Night), Sara Nović (Blunderbuss Magazine), and Tommy Pico (Birdsong). Followed by a Q&A with editor-in-chief Michael Archer, and members of the Guernica editorial staff. Moderated by Lisa Lucas.