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: Matthea Harvey & Brett Fletcher Lauer
Monday, October 13th @
KGB Bar, 85 E. 4th St, New York, NY

Matthea Harvey is the author of five books of poetry–If the Tabloids are True What Are You? Of Lamb (an illustrated erasure with images by Amy Jean Porter), Modern Life (a finalist for the National Book Critics Cirlcle Award and a New York Times Notable Book), Sad Little Breathing Machine and Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form. She has also published two children’s books, Cecil the Pet Glacier, illustrated by Giselle Potter and The Little General and the Giant Snowflake, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Brett Fletcher Lauer is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America and the poetry editor at A Public Space. He is the author of A Hotel in Belgium (Four Way Books, 2014), the co-editor of Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Wave, 2004) and the forthcoming Please Excuse this Poem (Viking, 2014) co-edited with Lynn Melnick.




A Sexy New Animal: The DNA of the Prose Poem with Natasha Sajé
Wednesday, October 15th @ 7pm
Kray Hall, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, New York, NY

The prose poem derives energy from the collision of opposites: realism and fantasy; poem and novel. Poet and essayist Natasha Sajé, author, most recently, of Windows and Doors: A Poet Reads Literary Theory, and faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts, discusses the makeup of this hybrid form.




Greetings Readings: Michael Newton, Lunar Light Trio, Adjua Greaves
Thursday, October 16th @ 7:30pm
Unnameable Books, 600 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Michael Newton, Lunar Light Trio, Adjua Greaves

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.




Tender Buttons Press 25th Anniversary: Bernadette Mayer & Katy Bohinc Book Party
Friday, October 17th @ 7-9pm
The Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, 131 E. 10th St, New York, NY

Celebrating Bernadette Mayer‘s Sonnets Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition and Katy Bohinc‘s Dear Alain. With Readings by: Bernadette Mayer, Katy Bohinc, Anne Waldman, Dodie Bollamy, Laynie Browne, India Radfar, Jennifer Moxley, and video appearances / art by Harryette Mullen, Michelle Rollman, Julie Patton, Rosemarie Waldrop, and Hannah Weiner.

Reception at 7, reading at 8.




Oh, Bernice!
Saturday, October 18th @ 7pm
The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st St. Astoria, NY

Oh, Bernice! is back, and just in time for pumpkin-spiced-everything, with a lineup full of talent:

John Reid Currie
Maris Finn
Olivia Mammone
Camila Santos

Plus literary shenanigans! (Possibly involving pumpkins and/or cookies.) Everything starts at 7PM sharp.