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Autumn is back and so is Metro Rhythm with an all-star reading to kick-off this year’s series. Join us on Friday, October 26th, at 8:00pm, at Blue Angel Wines for Joanna Klink and Camille Rankine, joined by Justin Boening and Gerard Colletta!


Joanna Klink is the author of three books of poetry, They Are Sleeping, Circadian, and Raptus.  Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, most recently The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth Century American Poetry.  She has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, and Civitella Ranieri.  Her works-in-progress include a fourth book of poems and a lyric meditation on Paul Celan, called Strangeness.  She lives in Missoula, Montana.


Camille Rankine is the author of Slow Dance with Trip Wire, selected by Cornelius Eady for the Poetry Society of America’s 2010 New York Chapbook Fellowship. The recipient of a 2010 “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, she is featured as an emerging poet in the fall 2010 issue of American Poet and the April 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Her poetry has appeared in numerous journals, including American Poet, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Indiana Review and POOL: A Journal of Poetry, and was commissioned by the New York Botanical Garden for their Literary Audio Tour. Camille received her BA from Harvard University, and her MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University. Formerly the Manager of External Relations & National Programs at Cave Canem Foundation, she was named an Honorary Cave Canem fellow in 2012. Camille is currently Assistant Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Manhattanville College and lives in New York City.


Born in the Adirondacks, Justin Boening is the current Roth Resident at Bucknell University. He’s the author of a forthcoming chapbook, Self-Portrait as Missing Person, which was selected by Dara Wier for a Poetry Society of America’s National Chapbook Fellowship. In the summer of ’12, he spent a month in Vilnius, Lithuania, where he was the Summer Literary Seminars St. Petersburg Review Fellow. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Boston Review, Colorado Review, Hotel Amerika, and Sixth Finch, among others. Boening is the senior editor at YesYes Books and an associate editor at Poetry Northwest.


Gerard Coletta is from Boston. He is pursuing his MFA in Poetry at Columbia University, where he received the Bennett Poetry Prize. He has been published previously in Open City. He resembles Cat Stevens.


Metro Rhythm Fall Season Begins 10/26

Get ready for a new season of poetry and celebration, as Metro Rhythm enters its fourth year of events!

We’ll be starting off in rare style on Friday, October 26th at Blue Angel Wines in Brooklyn. Our inaugural reading of the season will feature Joanna Klink and Camille Rankine, along with Justin Boening and Gerard Coletta.

Our season will then continue with readings on November 30 and December 14, in our great new location at Brooklyn Fire Proof. More info to these two coming soon.

Keep checking in here and on Facebook to stay up to date on our events. And we welcome queries from poets (MFA and otherwise) who would like to read for the series at

June 23: Popsickle Literary Festival

Come join MetroRhythm at the Popsickle Literary Festival in Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 23 from 12-8pm at The Paper Box. Metro Rhythm is serving up two fantastic readers, Kelly Forsythe and Paul Legault, to the festival’s ranks. Spend your summer Saturday right at what is sure to be a sensational day of literary arts.




Kelly Forsythe has poems published or forthcoming in The Minnesota Review, Black Warrior Review and Columbia Poetry Review. Her reviews appear in The Rumpus and Los Angeles Review. In the fall, Noelle Kocot introduced her in American Poet magazine as a 2011 Academy of American Poets “Emerging Poet.” She is the editor of Phantom Limb, an online literary journal, and works for Copper Canyon Press.

Paul Legualt is the co-founder of the translation press Telephone Books and the author of three books of poetry: The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), and The Emily Dickinson Reader (McSweeney’s, 2012). He is also the co-editor of The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Telephone/Nightboat, 2012), 154 poets’ “versions” of the bard’s own. Legault lives in Brooklyn, NY and works for the Academy of American Poets. He’s here.

May 4: Bang, Welish, Dosta & Morris

Close out the spring term with Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series. On Friday, May 4 at 6:00pm, come join us at Blue Angel Wines for a special celebration.

In addition to the usual trifecta of wine, verse, and friends, we will be celebrating new books by Mary Jo Bang and Marjorie Welish. Joining them will be two scions of the MFA world, Liz Dosta and Alex Morris.


Mary Jo Bang is the author of six books of poems, including Louise in Love, Elegy—which received the 2007 National Book Critics Circle Award—and The Bride of E. She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. She currently teaches in the creative writing program at Washington University in St. Louis. Her translation of Dante’s Inferno, with illustrations by Henrik Drescher, will be published by Graywolf Press in August.

Marjorie Welish is the author of The Annotated “Here” and Selected Poems, Word Group, Isle of the Signatories, and In the Futurity Lounge / Asylum for Indeterminacy (Spring 2012), all from Coffee House Press. The papers delivered at a conference on her writing and art held at the University of Pennsylvania were published in the book Of the Diagram: The Work of Marjorie Welish (Slought Books). In 2009, Granary Books published Oaths? Questions?, a collaborative artists’ book by Marjorie Welish and James Siena which was the subject of a special exhibition at Denison University Museum, Granville, Ohio, and part of a two-year tour of artists’ books throughout the United States. Her honors include the George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Fellowship from Brown University, the Judith E. Wilson Visiting Poetry Fellowship at Cambridge University, and two fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She has held a Senior Fulbright Fellowship, which has taken her to the University of Frankfurt and to the Edinburgh College of Art. She is now Madelon Leventhal Rand Distinguished Lecturer in Literature at Brooklyn College.

Liz Dosta received the 2011 Linda Corrente Prize for Poetry and the Stanley Kunitz Fellowship. Her poetry has appeared in Argo’s Book’s Little Anthology. She is pursuing her MFA at Columbia. She lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Alex Morris, AKA The Reverend, is a writer and musician. He has worked for New Orleans Review and Washington Square. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from NYU and runs the Southern Writers Reading Series at Happy Ending Lounge.


This event is free and open to the public. Make sure to come through the store: weather permitting, you’ll find us in the backyard. And in advance, you can RSVP on Facebook.

Come join us for our next night of poetry! Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series returns on Friday, April 20. As usual, the event will be held at Blue Angel Wines. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

The evening will feature readings by Eamon Grennan, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Josh Schneider, and Morgan Parker.


MORGAN PARKER lives with her dog, Braeburn, in New York City, where she is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her work has been featured in The Columbia Review, The Blue & White Magazine, and in the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter, published by Argos Books.

Brooklyn Satanist JOSH SCHNEIDER is a contributing writer for VICE Magazine and His poetry has appeared in Fun Magazine, Leveler, and Fawlt. A lifelong pisces, he enjoys sailing, archery, and golf.

Originally from California, DIANA KHOI NGUYEN is completing an MFA at Columbia University where she is currently a teaching fellow and was the poetry editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. A recipient of awards from the Key West Literary Seminar and the Academy of American Poets, she has also received scholarships from The Center for Book Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her poems appear in Pool Poetry, Devil’s Lake, elimae, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere.

EAMON GRENNAN is a poet, scholar and a translator. His books of poetry include Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010), Matter of Fact (2008), and Still Life with Waterfall (2001), which won the 2003 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. His translation of Giacomo Leopardi won the PEN Translation Award. He is also the author of a collection of essays on Irish poetry, Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century (1999). He is an emeritus professor of English at Vassar and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and Ireland.


The event is free and open to the public. Make sure to come through the store: weather permitting, you’ll find us in the backyard. And don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

March 28: De la Torre, Cushing, Purkert, & Weiss

Spring has sprung, and so too has the next event from Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series!

Next Wednesday, come hear readings from four New York poets: Marina Weiss, Ben Purkert, Iris Cushing, and Mónica de la Torre.

The reading will be at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg. Come for the poems. Come for the wine. Come for camaraderie. Come at 8pm.



Marina Read Weiss is Poetry Editor of Explosion-Proof magazine.  Her work is published or forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review,, Montreal Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Ink Node, Caper, dislocate, folly, Paper Darts, Brink, and elsewhere.

Ben Purkert is a 2nd year MFA candidate at NYU. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Spoon River, New Orleans Review, DIAGRAM, Epiphany and Cream City.

Iris Marble Cushing was born in Tarzana, California. In 2011, she was a writer-in-residence at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. She is an editor for Argos Books in Brooklyn, and for Circumference, a journal of poetry in translation. Iris is known for high-fiving Werner Herzog on the steps of Dodge Hall at Columbia University, where she also studied poetry.

Mónica de la Torre’s poetry books include two in English, Talk Shows (Switchback) and Public Domain (Roof Books), and two in Spanish, Acúfenos (Taller Ditoria) and Sociedad Anónima (UNAM/ Bonobos). She has translated Latin American poets and edited multilingual anthologies. A recent collaborative book project, Taller de Mecanografía, was published in 2011 in Mexico City by Tumbona Ediciones. Four, her new poetry book, is just out from Switchback. She lives in Brooklyn and is senior editor at BOMB Magazine.


As always, the event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP on Facebook, and we’ll see you on the 28th!

Timothy Donnelly Wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Enormous congratulations to Timothy Donnelly, who recently won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2010). The Kingsley Tufts Award is given annually to a mid-career poet, and at $100,000, is one of the nation’s largest monetary prizes for literature. Donnelly read at Metro Rhythm’s very first reading in November 2009, and represented us again at the New York City Poetry Festival in 2011. We couldn’t be happier for Donnelly and his family, and know this award couldn’t have been better deserved. Here’s to Donnelly and his achievements, and looking forward to much more success in the near future.

Congratulations as well to Katherine Larson, author of Radial Symmetry (Yale University Press, 2011), who received this year’s Kate Tufts Poetry Award. This $10,000 prize is granted each year for a first book “of genuine promise.” This, coupled with 2010’s Yale Younger Poets Prize, Ms. Larson has certainly earned such praise.

We anticipate more to come from both of these talented poets. Again, heart-felt congratulations.


Metro Rhythm will be kicking off the new year with a very special reading on Friday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. As always, the event will be held at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg, and it is free and open to the public.

Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand will read to launch his new collection of prose poems, Almost Invisible. And alongside him will be four recent or current MFA students: John James, Lizzie Harris, JC Longbottom, and Hilary Dobel.

It promises to be a very exciting night and a major event in the poetry calendar for 2012! You won’t want to miss it.


Mark Strand is the author of thirteen books of poems. He is also the author of a book of stories and three volumes of translations, and the editor of a number of anthologies (including 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century). He has received many honors and awards for his poems, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Pulitzer Prize (for Blizzard of One), the Bollingen Prize, and the Gold Medal for Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1990 he was appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. He teaches at Columbia University.

John James holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Columbia University, where he received an Academy of American Poets Prize. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston Review, The Los Angeles Review, DIAGRAM, Washington Square, and elsewhere. He teaches at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.

Lizzie Harris was born on the Tohono O’odham reservation in southern Arizona and was raised on Pennsylvania’s coasts. She currently teaches creative writing to returning veterans. She lives in Gowanus.

Nothing annoys JC Longbottom so much as someone who arrives in a shabby, poorly decorated carriage.

Hilary Dobel was born and raised in Seattle, and her mother still wishes she wore less flannel. Her poetry most recently appeared in Lana Turner and is forthcoming in next winter’s Ploughshares, and she is currently working on a translation of Juan José Saer’s novel, The Clouds. She lives in a nebulously-defined area of New York known as Morningside Heights.


We’ll see you on the 27th. Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

The Blue Angel Reading Series returns for our first event of 2012 on January 27. Pulitzer Prize winner Mark Strand will read from his new collection Almost Invisible, out this winter from Knopf.

Mark your calendars and check back here soon for more information!

Come start off your December with wine and poetry! Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series will be back at Blue Angel Wines on Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

We can’t wait. As our November reading helped us recall, nothing makes chilly winter nights in Brooklyn more fun than getting cozy in our favorite wine shop and listening to some terrific poems.

This month we have a fantastic range of voices: Deborah Landau, Lynne Potts, Jesse Garces Kiley, Gracie Leavitt, Jay Boulanger, and Joshua Daniel Edwin.


Deborah Landau is the author of The Last Usable Hour, a Lannan Literary Selection published by Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many publications including The Paris Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Best American Erotic Poems, Poetry Daily and The Harvard Review. She directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

Lynne Potts’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, American Letters and Commentary, Meridian, Guernica, Southern Poetry Review, and many others.  Poetry Daily selected her poem the “Relentless Pronoun” for online publication. Lynne has won the Backwards City Review prize for Poetry and the Bowery Poetry Club HD Prize. She is Poetry Editor of AGNI and former Poetry Editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

Jesse Garces Kiley‘s poems have appeared in Oranges and Sardines and are upcoming in the Lamplighter Review.  A recent MFA graduate of Columbia University, Jesse teaches at Bard’s High School Early College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and six-month-old son.

Gracie Leavitt—sick about the market, charmed by invention, for whom syntax is a function of the soul—concerns herself in Brooklyn with imagined nostalgia where her mother was born. Recent work can be found now or soon in Conjunctions, Lana Turner, Sentence, No, Dear, Brooklyn Review, Sugar House Review, and Washington Square. Super-recent transatlantic-collaborations can be found in Whiskey & Fox‘s series “Parks and Occupation.”

Jay Boulanger received his MFA from Columbia University in 2010 and currently works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Grants Manager.  He is completing a full-length manuscript of poems, Telling Hour, and a chapbook, Poems for Two Voices.

Joshua Daniel Edwin was raised in Baltimore and has lived in Atlanta, Seoul, South Korea and New York City. He studies poetry and literary translation at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His recent work appears in the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter, published by Argos Books.


This event will be free and open to the public. So RSVP on Facebook, tell your friends, and we’ll see you down at the Blue Angel next Friday!