The Lineup

Saturday, July 21st

THE ALGONQUIN – Hosted by Vanishing Vinny

11:40pm: The Truth Urban Theater Group & I Am the Voice

Featuring Shadrack Boakye, Dillon Brown, & Jemelle Joseph

The Truth Urban Theater Group, is a young adult theater organization based on Long Island. Our performances give audiences of all ages, races and backgrounds an intimate, visual look at life’s grim realities and divine beauty. We use the captivating tools of drama, spoken word and poetry, to portray relatable characters who reflect everyday human errors, poor judgment, and the endless consequences of human flaws.

I Am the Voice Global Expressions aims to inspire, equip, and empower young people and women with the skills necessary to realize their authentic voices and to use those voices to better express their views and observations of a global society by creating artistic literary works that can be used to bring about social change or celebrate social successes both locally and internationally.

12:10pm: The Mom Egg

Featuring Stephanie Feuer, Lois Marie Harrod, Gwendolyn Mintz, Eve Packer, Lynne Shapiro, & Marjorie Tesser

THE MOM EGG is an annual print literary journal of poetry, fiction, creative prose and art by and about mothers. The sole print publication of its kind, it brings together the work of diverse writers and original voices.  The Mom Egg presents a sampler of lightning-fast readings by several contributors, hosted by editor Marjorie Tesser.  Please visit for more info.

12:40pm: Coldfront

Featuring Graeme Bezanson, Jackie Clark, John Deming, Seth Graves, Abby Kosk, Erin Lynn, Ken L. Walker, Stephanie Ann Whited, Melinda Wilson & Sam Woodworth

Coldfront Magazine provides exhaustive, expert, unbiased journalistic and critical coverage of contemporary poetry and lyricism for poets, musicians, publishing houses and the reading and listening public. There have been more than 300 reviews published at Coldfront since 2006. We are committed to covering the development of American language and lyricism, whether that means bringing you the latest poetry-related news, reviews of new books, or features covering a wide-range of poetry, music and language-related issues (including interviews with top American poets). Everyday in this morning we point to a new, bite-sized sampler of online poetry, handpicked by our crack staff and network of diligent tipsters. And each month at our Poets Off Poetry section, you can find a new essay in which an American poet considers what music s/he listens to and why—and includes a poem that is more or less inspired by the process.

1:10pm: No, Dear Magazine

Featuring B.C. Edwards & Amy Lawless

No, Dear is a slim volume of new local poems loosely centered on a single-word theme. Hand-made in Brooklyn, NY.

1:40pm: Futurepoem

Featuring Marcella Durand, Wendy S. Walters, & Ronaldo V. Wilson

Futurepoem books is a New York City-based publishing collaborative dedicated to presenting innovative works of contemporary poetry and prose by both emerging and important underrepresented writers.

2:10pm: Cornelia Street Graduate Reading Series

Featuring Joey De Jesus, James Edlin, Alissa Fleck, Mark Gurarie, Zakia Henderson-Brown, Julie Kantor, Alex Morris, Peter Longofono, & Chris Slaughter

Every month Cornelia Street Graduate Reading Series brings four poets in different MFA programs (or recent graduates) to read at Cornelia Street Cafe in Manhattan’s West Village. If you are interested in reading with us and are currently matriculated in an MFA program, email some poems and a bio to

2:40pm: Stain of Poetry

Featuring Melissa Broder, Todd Colby, & Claire Donato

Runner-up for L Magazine‘s “2011 Best Reading Series” in Brooklyn, Stain of Poetry showcases a mix of “weirdo and beautiful poets,” (BlackBook magazine).  Readings are held on the last Friday of every month (7 – 9 p.m.) at the beloved Goodbye Blue Monday in Brooklyn. The series is curated by poets Erika Moya, Joanna Penn Cooper, Jenny Zhang and J. Hope Stein. Former hosts include founders Amy King and Ana Bozicevic as well as Christie Ann Reynolds and Steven Karl.


Featuring Steve Dalachinsky, Yuko Otomo, Ron Kolm, Dorothy Friedman August, Lehman Weischelbaum, Thaddeus Rutkowski

3:40pm: The Bratty Poets Series
Featuring Ben Fama & Special Guest

The Bratty Poets Series hates everything about everything excluding whatever we like right this second. We are generally allergic to boredom and are always bored. We care a lot about fashion and are very, very vain. We are probably throwing a tantrum right now.

4pm: The Poetry Society of New York

Featuring Joanna Furhman, Jennifer L. Knox, & CAConrad

The Poetry Society of New York (TPSNY) is the production company behind the first annual New York Poetry Festival.  TPSNY’s mission is three-fold: a.) to unite New York poetry communities, b.) to bring the works of New York poets to the world and c.) to never bore you. The New York City poetry world has largely isolated itself to a small and Balkanized circle. The Poetry Society of New York moves through and opens up that circle to unite the community of makers with the community of appreciators in new and mysterious ways.

THE WHITE HORSE – Hosted by Josephine Ishmon

11:50pm: The Inspired Word

Featuring Aimee Herman, Nathan P., Gemineye, Jane Ormerod, Amy Leigh Cutler, & Thomas Fucaloro

Founded and produced by former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner, The Inspired Word is a weekly spoken word/poetry series in downtown Manhattan that began in March 2009. It has gone on to feature some of the best poets and spoken word artists in the country, including many from Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry (such as Suheir Hammad, Lemon Andersen, Patricia Smith, Shihan Van Clief, and Oveous Maximus) and The Best American Poetry anthology (such as David Lehman, Kimiko Hahn, Elaine Equi, Cornelius Eady, and David Shapiro). The Inspired Word mission is to celebrate poetry, performance, and the spoken word; to inspire action, change, and creativity; and to tear down the walls separating us by finding unity through the arts. Website:

12:20pm: DDay Productions

Featuring Puma Perl, Faux Maux, TC Gardstein, Aimee Herman, David Lawton, Zev Torres, Jane LeCroy, & A.I. Firefly.  Hosted by Big Mike.

DDAY Productions was created by Puma Perl, Faux Maux (Maureen Kelly Nolan) and Big Mike in April, 2010, for the purpose of showcasing emerging poets and visiting artists not usually seen on the traditional poetry circuits. We encourage collaborative and experimental work and seek out artists that are constantly reinventing, capable of surprising an audience and astonishing themselves. One of our distinguishing characteristics is the incorporation of poetry, music, dance, performance art, and artists who may never have been on the same stage before. We produce monthly shows at the Bowery Poetry Club, the Yippie Museum Café, and recently ventured into Brooklyn, producing the first of a series at Goodbye Blue Monday. There is a loyal group of photographers who document our work.  We always include an open mic and try to give everyone a chance to perform.  And, of course, we host the most beautiful women on the planet.

12:50pm: Argos Books

Featuring Bianca Stone, Brandon Kreitler, & Karin Gottshall

Argos Books is an independent literary press, founded in 2010 by three poet-translators. Our aim is to support poetry, hybrid genres, translation, and collaboration, with a special interest in work that crosses cultural and national borders. While publishing innovative work is our primary focus, we are also invested in facilitating critical dialogues among communities, genders, and languages.  We have two curated series with the goal of engaging with diverse work in unexpected ways: the Little Anthology series, small anthologies that capture a community, subject or point of view, and Side by Side, collaborations between artists and writers.

1:20pm: EARSHOT!

Featuring Stephen Caratzas, Dan Magers, & Marisa Crawford

The EARSHOT! reading series is dedicated to the work and presence of the most gifted and exciting emerging writers in the greater New York City area. Founded in 2005 by Nicole Steinberg, each EARSHOT! event highlights the literary merits of breakout writers from all genres, and gives graduate writing students the unique opportunity to share their work with an audience beyond the MFA community. EARSHOT! features a diverse range of writers from all levels of achievement

mingling freely in a supportive environment.

EARSHOT! currently calls Manhattan’s Lolita Bar home, located at 266 Broome Street. The series is hosted and curated by Peter Bogart Johnson, Jillian Brall, and Gregory Crosby, and sometimes advised/curated by founder, Nicole Steinberg.

1:50pm: The Poetry Brothel

Featuring Jennifer Williamson as Veronique Lascalle, Jerie Choi as La Llorona, & Lynsey G as Fanny Firewater

A project of The Poetry Society of New York, The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry experience that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents poets as high courtesans who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings in private bedrooms. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience functions as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and audience can be themselves in private. The Poetry Brothel also explores and creatively responds to the tendency of poets to undervalue themselves inside the creative marketplace by providing a seductive and intimate means of confirming for writers and audience alike the literal monetary value of such work.

This presentation of The Poetry Brothel poets will include an introduction by The Madame and short readings, just a taste, from each poet on the day’s menu.  One private reading costs $5.  Tipping is encouraged.

2:20pm: COUPLET

Featuring Katherine Franke, Susan Bruce, Derek Pollard, & Victoria Redel

COUPLET is a quarterly poetry and music series downstairs at The Delancey on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Readings feature three – four poets and an after party with DJ Ceremony ( Readers have included: Bianca Stone, Amy Lawless, Mary Flanagan, Rick Snyder, Joanna Furhman, and Hanna Andrews. Hosted and curated by: Leah Umansky ( (Our Governors Island installation will be sans DJ.)

2:50pm: DrunknSailor

Featuring Anna Dunn, Peter Milne Greiner, Rachel Herman-Gross, & Special Guests

DrunknSailor is an ensemble reading series and maker of event-specific publications currently in residence at This Must Be The Place in Williamsburg. The group was created by Anna Dunn and Peter Milne Greiner in 2005, and has since held readings at McNally Jackson, Bowery Poetry Club, Capricious Space, ICP-Bard, and others. For more information find DrunknSailor on Facebook.

3:20pm: Patasola’s Parlor

Featuring Lily Ladewig, Monica McClure & Mary Lou Buschi

Patasola’s Parlor, born in the summer of 2012, is a NYC-based reading series and cabaret show that punctuates poetry with performances of burlesque and art. The Parlor’s running series occurs at the end of each month at The Belgian Room in the East Village.  The Parlor is produced by Patasola Press & Review. It’s presented by Lisa Marie Basile, and co-hosted by Emily Linstrom.

3:50pm: Southern Writers Reading Series

Featuring Virginia McLure, Hafizah Geter, Sampson Starkweather, & Dorothea Lasky

The Southern Writers Reading Series features some of the finest contemporary southern and non-southern writers that New York has to offer. Join us around 7:30pm at Happy Ending Lounge on the 2nd Wednesday of each month and celebrate the literary diversity that swarms to New York City from above and below the Mason-Dixon Line. Whether you’re a stranger, a sojourner or a permanent fixture to the City and you’re looking for a little southern comfort then come to the Southern Writers Reading Series and we’ll make you feel right as rain.

4:20pm: PEN American

Featuring Ana Bozicevic & Mary Jo Bang

PEN American Center is the U.S. branch of the world’s oldest international literary and human rights organization. Throughout its 90-year history, PEN American Center has remained a writer-centered organization in which members play a leading role. PEN presidents, such as Arthur Miller, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag, and Salman Rushdie have, and continue to place themselves at the forefront of the struggle to oppose censorship and defend writers. PEN’s programs  reach out to the world and into diverse communities within this country. They promote writing and literature at every level and are founded on the belief that free expression is an essential component of every healthy society.

CHUMLEY’S – Hosted by RA Araya and the Buffalo Poets

12pm: Ping Pong

Featuring Jillian Brall, Joanna Penn Cooper, Gregory Crosby, & Alina Gregorian

Ping Pong is an international journal of the arts, published by the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California. We publish a wide range of poetry, fiction and visual art. . The journal represents a living connection to the centers and margins of contemporary literary culture both in the US and beyond.

12:30pm: Underwater New York

Featuring Bridget Talone, Joe Fritsch, & Leah Umansky

Underwater New York is a digital journal of stories, art and music inspired by the underwater objects and phenomena that surround New York City. Artists and storytellers have long drawn inspiration from our cityscape, but underneath the water’s surface is another landscape entirely, ranging from the whimsical (a runaway giraffe, a fleet of ice cream trucks, mysterious white goo) to the historical (the steamship Princess Anne, the remnants of Coney Island’s Dreamland). These objects have been discovered by divers and scientists, detectives and engineers, environmentalists and everyday city-dwellers. Underwater New York features work by nearly one hundred contributors who have built stories around this strange, sunken world.

1pm: New York Quarterly

Featuring Monique Ferrell, Jackie Sheeler, Amanda J. Bradley, Ted Jonathan, Jenna Le, & Tony Gloeggler

Since its foundation in 1969 by Editor William Packard, The New York Quarterly has been devoted to excellence in the publication of a most eclectic cross-section of contemporary American poetry. Our only concern has been to focus on the craft and technique that underlies any and all effective poetry writing. With the death of William Packard in November of 2002, Raymond Hammond stepped up to the plate and honored William Packard’s written intentions by assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief. During these thirty years, our NYQ Craft Interviews have presented the views of some of our most outstanding poets on the general subject of style and prosody and technique.  Our NYQ editorials have ranged over controversial areas such as the prescription medication and drug cultures, the publishing conglomerates in America, the pitfalls and scams in doing poetry readings and/or attending poetry workshops and the various graduate writing programs, and the never-ending pursuit of the pure process of poetry writing. But of course, the most important single feature in any NYQ issue is the poetry itself. Past issues of NYQ have featured the work of such poets as Karl Shapiro, Macdonald Carey, Amira Baraka, Richard Eberhart, Jayne Lyn Stahl, Michael McClure, Lyn Lifshin and Charles Bukowski, all published side by side with a whole host of younger and lesser known poets who are writing today. NYQ Books™ was established in 2009 as an imprint of The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc. Its mission is to augment the New York Quarterly poetry magazine by providing an additional venue for poets who are already published in the magazine. Since 2004, The New York Quarterly Reading Series at Cornelia Street Cafe has been host to well over 200 readers straight from the pages of the NYQ magazine. Presenting avant garde right next to spoken word right next to academic and everything imaginable in between, the NYQ reading series offers a flavor of poetry from the big apple that is as eclectic as the city itself.

1:30pm: Fireside Follies

Featuring  Andrew Durbin, Ryan Doyle May, Christie Ann Reynolds, & Matthew Zingg

Fireside Follies is a monthly reading series curated by fiction-writer Eric Nelson and poet Michael Lala that showcases works from various aspects of literature, including fiction, memoir, poetry, and creative nonfiction; established authors, ‘zine writers, poets, and visual artists will contribute alongside up-and-coming talent. Both Lala and Nelson have a history of involvement and events planning in the arts community in Bushwick. They have organized, hosted and performed their own work in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and westward.  All readings are FREE and open to the public.

2pm: Augury Books

Featuring Geoffrey Nutter, Paige Lipari & B. C. Edwards

Augury Books is an independent press based in New York City. Committed to publishing innovative work from emerging and established writers as books, chapbooks and in its online journal, we seek to reaffirm the diversity of the reading public. Our catalog can be seen at Previous events in our occasional reading series have occurred at Botanica Bar and at The Rubin Museum as part of the museum’s celebrated “Talks about Nothing” series. Hosted by Kate Angus and Christine Kanownik, editors at Augury Books.

2:30pm: The Highwaymen NYC

Rangi McNeil, Danniel Schoonebeek, Priscilla Becker, Natalie Eilbert, & Dolan Morgan

The Highwaymen NYC, a monthly gathering of poets & poetry lovers under the full moon, is a year long poetry reading series held in a variety of independent, non-profit, art and performance spaces and clubs throughout Brooklyn. The goal of The Highwaymen NYC is to strengthen a community of emerging, active & relevant poets in Brooklyn and create a meeting place where these poets can showcase and discuss their work. Contact:

3pm: The Red Wheelbarrow Poets Series

Claudia Serea, Mark Fogarty, John Barrale, & Zorida Mohammed

The Red Wheelbarrow Poets are a group of writers inspired by the work of William Carlos Williams. Using as their home base Williams’ hometown of Rutherford, New Jersey, The Red Wheelbarrow Poets meet weekly to share poems, feedback, and ideas. Check out poems by The Red Wheelbarrow Poets at You can buy their anthology online at

Members of the Red Wheelbarrow Poets have read their work at New York’s Bowery Poetry Club, the Cornelia Street Cafe, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the KGB Poetry Series, Stark; at Brooklyn’s Brownstone Poets Series; The Red Harlem Poets Series; at Poughkeepsie’s Muddy Cup Cafe; RockStar Poets & Writers, Bloomfield; Clifton’s Barnes & Noble, and at Rutherford’s Williams Center.

3:30pm: The Local Word

Featuring David Eye, Amy Holman, & Erin Lynn

The Local Word reading series is a fortnightly live literary event that takes place at Le Cheile, at 839 W 181st. Listen to great poetry and great music and enjoy the lovely atmosphere of the best new pub/restaurant in Washington Heights. Hosted by local writer, Erin Lynn.

4pm:  PeopleHerd’s Readings at Milk&Roses

Featuring Janaka Stucky & Henk Rossouw

PeopleHerd’s Readings at Milk&Roses presents a free monthly poetry cabaret in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, boasting fine wine, fine poets, a grand piano, and famous unorthodox introductions by curators Patrick Gaughan and Avram Kline, who promise not only a reading, but an evening of entertainment: a balance of poetry, music, and soiree. Poets read in the shadow of Milk&Roses’ wall of hardbound books, as audience members sip from oversize stemware. In its first year, the event has drawn standing room crowds for such nationally recognized poets as Heather Christle, Paul Legault, Emily Pettit, and Ariana Reines. Visit, or PeopleHerd’s Readings at Milk&Roses on Facebook for further details.

4:30pm: TOTEM

Featuring James Yeh, Andrew Bulger, & Bryan Beck

What is TOTEM?

>A new film-based poetry reading series that challenges poets to create using film and other media.

<”A totem is a stipulated ancestor of a group of people, such as a family, clan, group, lineage, or tribe. Totems support larger groups than the individual person.” TOTEM believes that a poem & poetry is like a totem. But the world of “making” and “creating” is vast & as artists we have so much more of our totem to explore, exploit & explode. This series allows the space & desire & permission to be elastic & impermanent & perhaps manage several artistic identities, even those you may not yet inhabit.


>Change the visual landscape of poetry readings

<Challenge poets & artists & musicians of various disciplines to incorporate film & art & music in their music & art & poems

>Telekinetically transport poets from opposite coasts, faraway lands and countries to

Brooklyn by way of video and other magical powers

Poems + films + illustrations + poems + music + monologue + poems + films = TOTEM.

Sunday, July 22nd

THE ALGONQUIN - Hosted by Vanishing Vinny

11:40pm: Moonshot Magazine

Featuring Niina Pollari, Angela Veronica Wong, & Autumn Giles

Moonshot Magazine was founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2009.  Moonshot publishes diverse, powerful voices across traditional and digital platforms. As an independent magazine with no allegiance to any single aesthetic, we celebrate all forms of storytelling from both emerging and established talent. Moonshot encourages narratives from the experimental to the traditional. We create an equal opportunity space by championing our bold writers and adventurous readers. We want work that astounds. We want work that levitates. We want luminaries brighter than the moon.

12:10pm: The Bow Wow @ BPC

Featuring Katrina Cunningham, Charles Gariepy, Joyce-LeeAnn Joseph, Jesse Newberg, & others

–”Mademoiselle, does this brute, does this beast, bite?”


–”Your dog, baby…does this BOWWOW bite?”


–”So what does he do?”

BOWWOW poetry.

The New Poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club and about town.

12:40pm: Deadly Chaps/Short Fast and Deadly

Featuring Joseph Quintela, James Tolan, & Rachel Eliza Griffiths

‘Cause the barrel’s pressed against your temple. There’s a bullet in the chamber. A finger on the trigger. And only time to read one last bit of literature. This is what you want to read. Deadly Chaps Press is a New York-based small press dedicated to short form and experimental literature. It publishes the monthly eLit review Short, Fast, and Deadly, an annual summer chapbook series (incl. James Tolan, Neila Mezynski, Howie Good), and a sketchbook series called A5 (incl. Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Douglas Kearney, Prudence Groube). With Joseph A. W. Quintela at the helm, Deadly Chaps Press has made appearances at AWP, The New York Chapbook festival, The Cornelia Street Cafe and garnered world-wide attention for its unique constraints and unwavering commitment to curating a diverse collection of both emerging and established voices in experimental form. ( |

1:10pm: Blue Flower Arts

Thomas Sayers Ellis, Patricia Smith & Amber Tamblyn

Blue Flower Arts, LLC was founded by Alison Granucci in 2005. Today we represent many of today’s most distinguished and acclaimed poets, novelists, memoirists, and filmmakers for readings, lectures, conferences, and residencies at colleges, universities, festivals and local venues. We are committed to fostering poetry and literature in this country, and we are proud to support international literature as part of our mission. We also represent some exciting young voices and invest in the next generation of writers and poets. At Blue Flower Arts, we excel at connecting the right artist with the right venue, and with placing authors to fit a specific theme, such as social justice, human rights, the natural world, or faith. We have years of experience in programming, presenting, producing, and performing and bring that experience to bear in making the best possible program for you.

2:10pm: Poets House: Celebrating the Collected Writings of Joe Brainard

Joanna Fuhrman, Matthew Hittinger, Julie Kantor, Paul Legault, Ricardo Maldonado, Angelo Nikolopoulos, Rowan Ricardo Phillips, and Ronaldo Wilson, among others.

Poets House is a national poetry library and literary center that invites poets and the public to step into the living tradition of poetry. Our poetry resources and literary events document the wealth and diversity of poetry and stimulate public dialogue on issues of poetry in culture. Poets House seeks to document the wealth and diversity of poetry and to cultivate a wider audience for poetry.

3:10pm: InDigest Magazine

Featuring Ronaldo V. Wilson, Evan Commander, & Amaranth Borsuk

InDigest was founded in 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  It began as an online literary publication, and is now about to publish its 23rd issue. It is now, in addition to the online element, a blog, pair of podcasts, reading series, and incorporated small press publishing physical books. InDigest’s mission as a literary publication is to create a dialogue between and about the arts. In an effort to do this we try to get non-writing artists to write about art and their work through our music section, interviews with artists, and our InDialogue series that places two artists working in different media together to discuss their work. Our reading series in New York takes a few different forms. The standard readings bring in four authors who are asked to read from their own work as well as one complementary piece by another author that has informed their own work. We also do theme evening such as Women in Poetry, A Night of Flash Fiction and Prose Poetry, Pulp Poetry, and other evenings. We have a lot more themed readings planned for 2012.

3:40pm: The Bratty Poets Series

Featuring Jiyoon Lee & Special Guest

The Bratty Poets Series hates everything about everything excluding whatever we like right this second. We are generally allergic to boredom and are always bored. We care a lot about fashion and are very, very vain. We are probably throwing a tantrum right now.

4pm: The Poetry Society of New York

Featuring Jennifer Michael Hecht, Valzhyna Mort, & Mark Strand

The Poetry Society of New York (TPSNY) is the production company behind the first annual New York Poetry Festival.  TPSNY’s mission is three-fold: a.) to unite New York poetry communities, b.) to bring the works of New York poets to the world and c.) to never bore you. The New York City poetry world has largely isolated itself to a small and Balkanized circle. The Poetry Society of New York moves through and opens up that circle to unite the community of makers with the community of appreciators in new and mysterious ways.

THE WHITE HORSE - Hosted by Josephine Ishmon

11:50pm: La Otra Orilla

Featuring Diego Vargas, Natalia Aristizabal. Andrea Tierra, & Ivan Hincapie

The ‘Colectivo Poetas en Nueva York’ is proud to present ‘La Otra Orilla’, featuring the Spanish poets Diego Vargas, Juana Ramos and Ivan Hincapie. The voices present in this reading have diversity itself as a synonym. Their different styles, topics and worries have just two encounter points; the experience of the immigrant in the city and Spanish as a common language. The poet Nicolas Linares will host this trip around ‘La Otra Orilla’.

12:20pm: Metro Rhythm

Featuring John Fenlon Hogan, Ben Purkert, & Samantha Zighelboim

The Metro Rhythm Reading Series ( was founded in 2009 by poets in the Columbia MFA program. Our series brings together established, emerging, and student poets in a uniquely communal setting: on the floor of Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg. At a typical reading, you’ll find members of various New York poetry communities sharing a bottle of wine, catching up, and discovering voices they hadn’t heard before. The readings are convivial and aim to make more connections between students at the various MFA programs around New York. Metro Rhythm has participated in the New York City Poetry Festival and Popsickle, and has co-hosted readings with Ugly Duckling Presse and Argos Books. Past readers include Mark Strand, Timothy Donnelly, Mary Jo Bang, Mark Bibbins, Meghan O’Rourke, Josh Bell, Marjorie Welish, Peter Richards, Anna Moschovakis, and Ken Chen.

12:50pm: Explosion Proof Series

Featuring Ricardo Maldonado, Jenny Xie, & Rowan Ricardo Phillips

Explosion-Proof is a magazine of arts and letters, published four times a year in Brooklyn. Somewhat emphatically, it is only “produced” in print form. It features essays, reportage, poetry, graphic narratives, short stories, plays, cartoons, polemics, drawings and various other miscellaneous items.  From its inception, there have been pointedly no editorial prerogatives of style, school or genre; and certainly none of position. So long as a work is lovely or smart (or else appealingly crass), we will do what we can to help it enter the world.

But if such is the extent of our ambition, it reiterates our founding concern: that the contemporary zeitgeist is fast losing the critical faculties necessary to discriminate the most basic distinctions of reality. Simply put, books “exist” in a decidedly different manner than do the Internet and its copy.

Wherever the Internet is, we cannot say. Speaking strictly in a professional capacity, we reckon surreality to be a pretty inappropriate aspiration for builders-of-periodicals. Such a task is better suited for, you know, artists. As such, it is our modest policy to simply be. Really.

1:20pm: Stonecutter

Featuring Lucy Ives, Kit Schluter, & Adam Fitzgerald

Stonecutter is a biannual print journal of US-based and international art and literature. Published in Brooklyn NY.

1:50pm: The Poetry Brothel

Featuring Erin Lynn as Aiofe, Lauren Hunter as Harriett Van Os, & Shea Boresi as Charlotte Hart

A project of The Poetry Society of New York, The Poetry Brothel is a unique and immersive poetry experience that takes poetry outside classrooms and lecture halls and places it in the lush interiors of a bordello. The Poetry Brothel presents poets as high courtesans who impart their work in public readings, spontaneous eruptions of poetry, and most distinctly, as purveyors of private poetry readings in private bedrooms. Central to this experience is the creation of character, which for poet and audience functions as disguise and as freeing device, enabling The Poetry Brothel to be a place of uninhibited creative expression in which the poets and audience can be themselves in private. The Poetry Brothel also explores and creatively responds to the tendency of poets to undervalue themselves inside the creative marketplace by providing a seductive and intimate means of confirming for writers and audience alike the literal monetary value of such work.

This presentation of The Poetry Brothel poets will include an introduction by The Madame and short readings, just a taste, from each poet on the day’s menu.  One private reading costs $5.  Tipping is encouraged.

2:20pm: great weather for MEDIA

Featuring David Lawton, Vicki Iorio, & Jane Ormerod

Founded in January 2012 by Uphook Press editors Jane Ormerod, Brant Lyon, and Thomas Fucaloro,  great weather for media focuses on the unpredictable, the bright, the dark, and the innovative.  We are based in New York City and showcase both national and international writers. As well as publishing the highest quality poetry and prose, we aim to organize many readings, performances, and book releases.

2:50pm: Exit Strata

Featuring Tishon Woolcock, Lancelot Runge, Bill Considine, Ben Wiessner, & Lynne DeSilva-Johnson

Exit Strata was born out of our desire to produce an art/lit magazine — one that’s a postmodern take on the traditional literary magazine as well as a parody on everything that is a consumer magazine. Exit Strata is absurd, necessarily, and is also predicated on harmonious tension: we strive for a 50/50 split between art and literature, often merging the two through collaboration between artists and writers, all playing with the left/right, two-page spread of books (both vertically in the juxtaposition of two pages, and horizontally across the fold) and what can only be done with a book in its hard-copy print form, reinvented between the margins. But to understand Exit Strata as merely a magazine would hurt its feelings. Exit Strata is a strategy, a process, a community, a creative approach to living life and leaving a trail behind you.

3:20pm: Feminist Writer’s Organization

Featuring Amy King, Nathalia Perezo, & Justin Sherwood

The Feminist Writers Organization (FWO) is a group of writers at The New School dedicated to promoting diverse feminist social and political perspectives within academia and the literary community at large. We aim to increase the awareness and acceptance of contemporary feminist issues through the acts of writing and discussion of literature. Hosted by Joanna Grim. Website:

3:50pm: The White Swallow Reading Series

Featuring Ari Banias, Dorothea Lasky & Timothy Donnelly

The White Swallow, a queerish reading series in Manhattan’s West Village, features emerging and established poets and fiction writers. Hosted monthly by Angelo Nikolopoulos.

4:20pm: Gigantic

Featuring Dorothea Lasky, Sparrow, & Kendra Grant Malone

Founded in 2008, Gigantic is a magazine of short prose, interviews, and art. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Gigantic has featured work from emerging and established writers and artists, including Robert Walser, Deb Olin Unferth, Lynne Tillman, Robert Coover, Blake Butler, Diane Williams, Joe Wenderoth, Thomas Allen, and Clancy Martin, as well as interviews with Sam Lipsyte, Amy Hempel, Tao Lin, Malcolm Gladwell, Lydia Millet, Gary Shteyngart, and Adrian Tomine. This is their first event featuring exclusively poetry.

CHUMLEY’S - Hosted by RA Araya and the Buffalo Poets

12pm: Boundless Tales Reading Series

Featuring Michael Alpiner, Gabriel Cabrera, & Jill Parshley

Aida Zilelian launched Boundless Tales Reading Series in September 2011with the hopes of creating the first ongoing reading series in Queens. The goal of the series is to provide a venue for writers who are passionate about their writing, and who would like to share their work in a public forum. Boundless Tales features writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and creative monologues. All submission guidelines can be found at

12:30pm: Bowery Books

Featuring Fay Chiang, Tsaurah Litzky, POEZ, Cynthia Kraman & Janet Hamill

Bowery Books is the independent poetry press of Bowery Arts + Science. It publishes important emerging and established poets with a nexus in the downtown Manhattan arts community. Readers are Fay Chiang, author of 7 Continents 9 Live, Janet Hamill, author of Body of Water, Paul Mills aka POEZ, author of The Poetry Dollars, and Tsaurah Litzky, author of Cleaning the Duck. Editor Marjorie Tesser will host.

1pm: New School Poets Corner

Featuring Liz Axelrod, Johnny Chinici, Brandon Borcoman, Sean Damlos-Mitchell, Chelsea Whitton, Lisa Marie Basile, Altoosa Grey, Roberto Montes, Peter Burzinski, Ian Brown, Jess Smith, & Issac Meyers

The young, the bright, the broad, the brawn, the beauty and the bawdy – we will delight you with a sampling of the MFA Poets class of 2013. Hosted by Liz Axelrod. Liz was Managing Editor of two award winning editions of 12th Street, the New School’s undergraduate literary journal, Editor-in-Chief of, and is now a Poetry Reader for LIT Magazine. She’s been a featured reader at the Cornelia Street Graduate Series, The Living Room, The Southern Writers Series, Couplet, Smalls, The Bowery Poetry Club, Lolita Lounge and more. Her work has been published in the Cat Oars Fiction Collective, 12th Street, Lyre Lyre, The Rumpus, Electric Literature, The Inquisitive Eater, and The Brooklyn Rail.

1:30pm: Vets and Poetry

Featuring Kevin Bell, Joseph Wade, & Roy Scranton

“I can’t be killed—because of my poetry,” Kenneth Koch remembered thinking in the second World War, “I have to live on in order to write it.” Not everyone does: Wilfred Owen was killed exactly one week before the armistice, leaving only a handful of poems behind. Sir Philip Sidney died fighting in the Netherlands, his Arcadia unfinished and broken. Thankfully, the three poets reading here have survived their wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—to live on in order to write: Kevin Bell, who led a reconnaissance platoon in the mountains of Afghanistan and is currently completing his Master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton; Joseph Wade, a veteran of both the Army and the Navy, published in Grey Sparrow, currently studying poetry at Brooklyn College; and Roy Scranton, former artillery sergeant, published in Denver Quarterly, LIT, New Letters, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere.

2pm: My Brother’s Keeper

Featuring Melech Meir, Tha Gift, The Legendary- Ngoma Hill, & Stacey Griffin

The name of this segment is rightfully entitled “My Brother’s Keeper.”  Your Host, Stacey Griffin (aka Griffin the Poet) is an actor/writer, poet, and producer of the summer outdoor concert series “Heaven on the Hudson.” My Brother’s Keeper strives to create words and action to support and encourage all the impoverished people of the world to succeed.

2:30pm: Cave Canem/Kundiman

Featuring Cornelius Eady, Brian Francis, Wendy S. Walters, Ocean Vuong, & Angela Veronica Wong

Cave Canem and Kundiman share a common commitment to affirming and cultivating the many voices of African American and Asian American poetry. Presenting together in such creative spaces as the New York Poetry Festival, Cave Canem and Kundiman poets demonstrate the importance of bringing diverse voices to the center of American culture and popular awareness, where excellent, often groundbreaking, poetry can be heard, read and valued.

3:30pm: louderARTS

Featuring Corrina Bain, Sasha Warner-Berry, Catalina Ferro, and Thomas Fucaloro

The louderARTS Project is an arts organization committed to developing constructive and challenging spaces for artists to create, critique, present, and teach poetry. We are committed to diversity, vitality, and craft. We also know how to party. The mainstay of our programming is a weekly reading series which happens on Mondays at 7:30pm at Bar 13, near Union Square. The series has been running for fourteen years, and has hosted performances by National Book Award Winners as well as slam champions.

4pm: Italian-American Writers’ Association

Featuring Vittoria Repetto, Angelo Verga, Clare Ultimo &Angelo Zeolla

The Italian American Writers Association was founded in 1991 to promote Italian American writing by encouraging the writing, reading, publication, distribution, translation, and study of Italian American writing.  Its members include writers, readers, editors, publishers, agents, translators, teachers, scholars, and indeed all who are interested in the progress of Italian American writing.

4:30pm: MadHat

Featuring Larissa Shmailo, Susan Scutti, Marc Vincenz, and Yuriy Tarnawsky

An online journal with a collaborative spirit that caters to an international audience with an appreciation for wit, whimsy, dark humor, satire, lyricism, rhythm, wild word plays and (just in general) post post postmodern post avant-gardey literature, art, music, politics, and films …. and columns, book reviews, interviews, mashes, scratch n sniff projects, spoken words, etc. Founded in March, 2005, the Review was chosen to be archived for posterity as a valuable resource in INTUIT (uk) and LOCKSS (usa). It is also listed as a top online journal on several websites, including webdelsol, where works by many of its contributors have been featured in Walter Cummins’s “Best of the Literary Journals.”

4 thoughts on “The Lineup

  1. [...] We’re excited to note that we will be reading and tabling at the Poetry Festival on Governor’s Island, on July 21 – 22nd. Our reading will be at 2:50 on Sunday, on the WHITE HORSE stage, which we share  on that day with Metrorhythm, The Poetry Brothel and Gigantic, among others. It looks like it’s going to be an amazing and inspiring weekend. The full schedule is here. [...]

  2. Paul Silvan says:

    It is an unreasonable truth
    that we are governed by mood
    and that only when the mood is reasonable
    does reason govern.

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