This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

Feng Sun Chen - Butcher's TreeEvery Sunday, Coldfront features five upcoming, cross-borough NYC readings. Here’s this week’s picks.


The Poetry Project: Feng Sun Chen & Ken L. Walker
Monday, January 7th, 2013 @ 8pm
St. Marks Church, 131 E. 10th Street, New York, NY

Feng Sun Chen’s first book is Butcher’s Tree (Black Ocean). She is currently a graduate assistant and MFA candidate at the university of Minnesota. Other publications include chapbooks Ugly Fishblud, and Paul Thek.

Ken L. Walker still carries a Kentucky driver’s license in his wallet even though he has lived in Brooklyn and Queens for the past five years. His criticism and poetry can be found in the Boxcarthe Poetry Project NewsletterLumberyardThe Wolf, Crab Orchard ReviewLa FoveaWashington SquareThe Seattle Review, and The Brooklyn Rail. He curates and produces Cosmot.


LPR: The Book Report Reading
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 @ 7pm
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

Once upon a time you were in third grade and you had to give book reports and it was awesome. The Book Report promises to deliver exactly what it promises: reports on books by the people who’ve read them. Join Leigh Stein and Sasha Fletcher and assorted literate guests for an evening that will remind you of 3rd grade in the best possible way.

Kevin Carter has published work in Kerouac’s Dog MagazineDivine Dirt QuarterlyThe Fiction Circus, and 2600 Magazine. His first collection of short stories, Lives of the Saints, was published by The Fiction Circus in March 2012. He is the host of a monthly multimedia literary reading at Happy Ending Lounge called Derangement of the Senses. He lives and plays the laser harp in Brooklyn.

Miracle Jones is a novelist from Texas. He helps Kevin Carter run “Derangement of the Senses.” When he was in elementary school, he always looked down on the kids who chose to do their book reports on “Choose Your Own Adventure” books, but now he totally respects them.

Leah Umansky’s first book of poems, Domestic Uncertainties, is available now from BlazeVOX Books. She has her MFA in Poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and has been a contributing writer for BOMB Magazine’s BOMBLOG, a poetry reviewer for The Rumpus and a live twit for The Best American Poetry Blog. Her poems can be found in such journals as: Barrow Street, Catch-up and Cream City Review. She is also the Host/Curator of COUPLET. Read more at her blog.


Leigh Stein is the author of four chapbooks of poetry and one novel, The Fallback Plan, newly released from Melville House. You can listen to an excerpt of The Fallback Plan here.

Sasha Fletcher is the author of the novella WHEN ALL OUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED MARCHING BANDS WILL FILL THE STREETS AND WE WILL NOT HEAR THEM BECAUSE WE WILL BE UPSTAIRS IN THE CLOUDS [ml press 2010] and a couple of poetry chapbooks.


Happy Birthday, Robert Duncan
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013 @ 8pm
The Poetry Project, 131 e. 10th Street, New York, NY

With the recent releases of Duncan’s H.D. Book and Robert Duncan: The Ambassador From VenusA Biography, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate Duncan’s 94th birthday (b. January 7, 1919). Special guests who will read their favorite Duncan poems will be: Lisa Jarnot, David Levi Strauss, Kimberly Lyons, Mary Margaret Sloan, Anne Waldman, Tom Savage, and Pierre Joris. There will be cake in the shape of the cosmos.


Marosa di Giorgio’s Diadem: Selected Poems
Start: 01/11/2013 7:00 pm
Viernes 11 de Enero, 7pm
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St, New York, NY

Bilingual English-Spanish

Adam Giannelli’s poetry and translations have appeared in the Kenyon Review, New England Review, Iowa Review, New American Writing, Field, The FSG Book of Twentieth-Century Italian Poetry, and elsewhere. He is currently is a Brown-Neff Fellow in literature and creative writing at the University of Utah.

Marosa di Giorgio was born in Salto, Uruguay, in 1932. Descended from Italian immigrants of Tuscan origin, she and her sister, Nidia, were raised Catholics in the countryside. Her first book, Poemas, was published in 1953. Also a theatre actress in the 1950s-1960s, she participated in almost thirty productions. In 1978, after the death of her father, she moved to Montevideo, where she lived until she died of cancer in 2004. Like Walt Whitman, di Giorgio expanded the same work throughout her career: Los Papeles Salvajes, her collected poetry which unites fourteen books. Since her poems inhabit the same imaginative world, they can be read as one long meditation, which di Giorgio described as a forest in which she planted more trees. Her newly translated Diadem: Selected Poems is now available in the BOA Bookstore.


The Portable Boog Reader 6: NYC & Philly
Saturday, January 12th, 2013 @ 7pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY

With readings from PBR6 contributors.

Stephen BoyerLaura Henriksen - Justin PetropoulosJ. Hope SteinJennifer Tamayo

Andrea Applebee * Jen Marie Macdonald * Travis Macdonald

Kat Quinn

Curated and hosted by Portable Boog Reader 6 N.Y.C. editors: Lee Ann Brown, Mariana Ruiz Firmat, Sara Jane Stoner, and David Kirschenbaum, and Philadelphia editors: Kimberly Ann Southwick and Michelle Taransky. Hosted and curated by Boog City editor and publisher David Kirschenbaum.


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