This Week in NYC: Featured Readings

TriptychEvery Sunday Coldfront features five upcoming cross-borough readings in NYC. Here are this week’s featured picks starting TODAY!


TODAY! Sunday, August 12th, 2012 @ 4-8pm
Renegade Reading Series’ Anniversary BBQ
Launchpad, 721 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 

You’re invited to the special Sunday edition of the Renegade Reading Series at LaunchPad! This monthly showcase of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by emerging writers usually takes place the second Thursday of every month, but for our one-year anniversary, we are having a combination BBQ and mega-reading (two hours instead of the usual one!). The event is free and open to the public. Hot dogs and hamburgers (veggie and meat) and beer will be available for super-cheap and, as usual, there will be wine and cupcakes for free. Doors open at 4pm, readings are from 5-6 and 7-8. Non-reading hours are for eating and socializing. Here is your list of readers for Sunday (in no order…will update with first hour and last hour lists soon):

Loren Moreno
Jocelyn Lucas Rosenberg
Seth Hulbert
W. Michael Garner
Chelsea Seaberg
Adam Burnett
Hannah Grady
Brett Shanley
April Salazar
Suzanne Reisman 
Joe Winkler
Anna Meister


Monday, August 13th, 2012 @ 6:45pm
Go Cat Go Poetry Reading Series
Gracie’s Corner Diner, 352 E 86th St, New York, NY

Hosted by Peter Chelnik with an open mic to follow.

Patricia Carragon‘s publications include Best Poem, BigCityLit, CLWN WR, Chantarelle’s Notebook, Clockwise Cat, Danse Macabre, Ditch Poetry, Inertia, Long Island Quarterly, Lips, MÖBIUS, The Poetry Magazine, Marymark Press, Maintenant, Mad Hatters’ Review, The Toronto Quarterly, Six-Word Memoirs, and more. She is the author of Journey to the Center of My Mind (Rogue Scholars Press, 2005) and Urban Haiku and More (Fierce Grace Press, 2010). Her latest book, The Cupcake Chronicles is forthcoming later this year from Poets Wear Prada. She is a member of Brevitas, a group dedicated to short poems. She hosts and curates the Brooklyn-based Brownstone Poets and is the editor-in-chief of the annual anthology. For more information, please check out her website.


Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 @ 7pm
The Book Report Reading
The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., 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.

Claire Dunnington is a writer, tutor, and harpist living in Brooklyn. She received her AB in writing from Brown University and her MFA in nonfiction from Columbia University. Her work has been published in Slice Magazine and the Indiana Review, among others. She writes about the internet for

Ben Fama is the author of the chapbook Aquarius Rising (UDP 2009) and New Waves (Minutes Books 2011). He is the co-editor of Wonder, a publisher of art books, glossies and pamphlets. His work has been featured in Jubilat, notnostrums, LIT, Poor Claudia, Denver Quarterly and on the Best American Poetry Blog. He has contributed tips to Gawker, listed words on Urban Dictionary, and has an on going correspondence with Lady Gaga.

Dan Magers’ first book of poems, Partyknife, is published by Birds, LLC. He is co-founder and co-editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal as well as founder and editor of Immaculate Disciples Press, a handmade chapbook press focused on poetry and visual arts collaborations. He lives in Brooklyn.

Eric Ziegenhagen is in New York this month with An Interrogation Primer, a show that he adapted and directed verbatim from the writings of a former U.S. military interrogator. It’s currently running as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. He lives in Chicago, writes, plays songs, plays pinball, and more. He’s on Twitter at @ericzieg.

Host 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.


Tuesday, August 14th, 2012 @ 8pm
Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie Street, New York, NY

Triptych presents our first reading of the season in an all-new location, Envoy Enterprises.

Brandon Downing is a writer and visual artist whose books of poetry include THE SHIRT WEAPON, MELLOW ACTIONS, AT ME, and DARK BRANDON as well as LAKE ANTIQUITY, a monograph of literary collages from 1996-2008. He designs books, he makes videos, he changes. His feature-length collection of collaged digital shorts, DARK BRANDON: ETERNAL CLASSICS, dropped in 2007. A 2nd volume is forthcoming; see clips at

Susana Gardner is the author of the full-length poetry collections HERSO (Black Radish Books, 2011) and [ LAPSED INSEL WEARY ] (The Tangent Press, 2008). Her third book, CADDISH, is forthcoming from Xexoxial Editions. She has published several chapbooks, including HYPER-PHANTASIE CONSTRUCTS (Dusie Kollektiv, 2010) and HERSO (University of Theory and Memorabilia Press, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in many online and print publications including Jacket, How2, Puerto Del Sol, andCambridge Literary Review among others. Her work has also been featured in several anthologies, including 131.839 slög með bilum (131,839 keystrokes with spaces) (Ntamo, Finland, 2007) and NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY: CONTEMPORARY POEMS ON CHILD-GETTING AND CHILD-REARING (Fence Books, United States, 2007). She lives in Zürich, Switzerland, where she also edits and curates the online poetics journal and experimental kollektiv press, Dusie.

Catherine Wagner is the author of four books, most recently NERVOUS DEVICE (forthcoming from City Lights, 2012). She teaches in the MA program in creative writing at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Saturday, August 18, 2012 @ 3pm
8th Annual Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival 

Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 

Besides an open fire hydrant, there are few New York summer traditions that match the coolness of the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival.  On August 18th at 3PM, young writers from NYWC’s free outdoor writing workshops will read alongside literary superstars Earl LovelaceTayari Jones, andJessica Hagedorn at the Fort Greene Park Summer Literary Festival. The acclaimed CASYM Steel Orchestra will be on hand providing music for the day’s festivities. Like the Lit Fest on Facebook for updates.

Earl Lovelace was born in Toco, Trinidad, and has lived most of his life on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. His books include While Gods Are Falling, winner of the BP Independence Award, the Caribbean classic The Dragon Can’t Dance, and Salt, which won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers Prize. For Is Just a Movie, he has won the Grand Prize for Caribbean Literature by the Regional Council of Guadeloupe.

Tayari Jones has written for McSweeney’s, the New York Times, and The Believer. Her first novel, Leaving Atlantareceived best of the year nods from The Washington PostThe Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and Creative Loafing. Her second book, The Untellingwon the Lillian C. Smith Award from the Southern Regional Council and was a Target Breakout Book. And her most recent book, Silver Sparrow, was an O, The Oprah Magazine Best Book for 2011, a Library Journal Best Book for 2011, and the National Women’s Book Association 2011 Great Group Read.

Jessica Hagedorn is the author of Toxicology, Dream JungleThe Gangster Of Love, and Dogeaters, which won the American Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction. She is also the author of Danger And Beauty, a collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of Charlie Chan Is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction. Her plays include Most WantedThe Heaven Trilogy, and the stage adaptation of Dogeaters. Hagedorn is presently editing Manila Noir forAkashic’s acclaimed Noir series. She teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at LIU Brooklyn. For more information, visit


– Stephanie Ann Whited