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Get ready! Our next event in Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series fast approaches!

We’re talking Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m.

For this installment, we bring you six rich and unique voices: Anna Moschovakis, Peter Richards, Elizabeth Clark Wessel, Lindsay Turner, Eric Weinstein, and Billie Tadros.

The event will be at our ancestral manse for all things arts & viticulture: Blue Angel Wines.


Anna Moschovakis‘s recent books are You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake (Coffee House Press, 2011) and The Jokers (NYRB Classics, 2010), a translation of La violence et la dérision by Egyptian-French novelist Albert Cossery. She is a longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, for which she edits several books a year and heads up the Dossier Series of investigative texts.

Peter Richards was born in 1967 in Urbana, Illinois. He is a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the John Logan Award. His poems have appeared in Agni, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Yale Review, and other journals. He is the author of Oubliette (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2001), which won the Massachusetts Center for the Book Honors Award; Nude Siren (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2003); and Helsinki (Action Books, 2011). The University of Montana-Missoula’s visiting Hugo Poet Spring Semester 2011, Richards has taught at Harvard University, Tufts University, and Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel‘s poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Fairy Tale Review, No, DearSixth Finch, Asymptote, Lana Turner Journal, Leveler and Fawlt Magazine, among others. Her prose can be found at Poetry InternationalThe New Yorker’s Book Bench blog, and BOMBLOG. She is the winner of the Bennett Poetry Prize at Columbia University, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Recently, Dana Levin chose her manuscript Whither Weather for the Midwest Chapbook Series, sponsored by the Laurel Review. She lives in Brooklyn and is an editor at Argos Books.

Lindsay Turner‘s poems and criticism have appeared in WebConjunctions, Harvard Review, Drunken Boat, The Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.  She is the recipient of the 2011 Lana Turner Discovery Award. She holds a Masters degree in film studies from the Université Paris III and an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University.  She lives in Charlottesville, VA, where she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia.

Eric Weinstein‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2009 anthology, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, and others. He was recently named a finalist for both the Poetry Foundation’s 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the 2011 National Poetry Series. He lives in New York City, where he is an MFA candidate at New York University.

Billie Tadros is a poet-composer enrolled in the MFA program in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first book, The Tree We Planted and Buried You In.


As always, this event is free and open to the public.

See you next Friday! And don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook.


Save the date! Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series will have its first event of the season on Friday, September 30, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.

The event will be autumnal. The poetic bounty, fecund. Our readers, stellar. Katie Byrum. Martin Rock. Genevieve Burger-Weiser. Montana Ray (occasioning a chapbook release celebration). Josh Bell. Don’t miss this.

As usual, we will be at Blue Angel Wines, where Kym and crew have a lovely selection of bottles for you to buy, and the verse flows into plastic cups and ears alike!


Josh Bell’s book of poetry is No Planets Strike. His poems have appeared in such magazines as 9th Letter, The Awl, Boston Review, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, The Manchester Review, Triquarterly, Verse, and Volt. His poems have been reprinted in the recent anthologies Legitimate Dangers, Imaginary Poets: 22 Master Poets Create 22 Master Poets, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Seriously Funny, and Third Rail: Rock and Roll Poetry (MTV Books).

Montana Ray is a feminist writer & mother. Her gunpoetry is appearing in La Petite Zine, Lana Turner, and her chapbook from dancing girl press, (guns & butter), which will be available for the first time at Metro Rhythm. Ray’s fiction appears in Narrative Magazine.  Her translations of the early work of Spanish poet Francisca Aguirre are forthcoming in Asymptote Journal and in her chapbook, The Other Music: Selected Poems from the 1970s, published by Argos Books and to be launched at Camel Art Space on October 2.

Martin Rock‘s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Conduit, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, No Dear, Salamander, The Tampa Review, and other journals. His collaborative chapbook with Philip D. Ischy, Fish, You Bird was published by Pilot Books and his full length collection, New Country, was a recent finalist for Sarabande’s Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.  He is managing editor of Epiphany, a literary journal, and Editor in Chief of Loaded Bicycle.  He lived in Japan for three and a half years and can again feel “the wandering” shaking in his bones.

Genevieve Burger-Weiser‘s poems have been published in Boston Review, Western Humanities Review, Washington Square Review, Juked magazine and CRATE. She was a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a winner of Poets & Writers’ 2009 Amy Award, and shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement 2008 Poetry Prize. She contributes book reviews to TheThepoetry Blog, teaches at Manhattanville College, and makes her home in Brooklyn, NY.

Katie Byrum is in her 2nd year of the poetry MFA program at Hunter College. You can find her recent writing in Forklift, Ohio; Gulf Coast; and Lumberyard Magazine. It has also appeared in subway cars and abandoned phone booths; on airplanes headed for Dublin, Milwaukee, and Tampa; and inside egg cartons at Whole Foods.

And what’s more: “Bell, Ray, Rock, Burger-Weiser & Byrum” isn’t just our list of readers. It’s our dancing instructions for the inevitable after-party.

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook, and we’ll see you there on the 30th!

Want to Read at a Metro Rhythm Event?

Do you enjoy poetry readings? Hardwood floors? The occasional Friday evening performance? Looking to get more involved in our literary community? Are you a fan of smoke breaks in a Brooklyn backyard? Do you like wine?

Now’s the time to send your work!

Metro Rhythm is currently seeking submissions for our 2011-2012 readings. If you’re interested in reading at one of our events, please send 3-5 poems (and a brief bio if you feel like it) to

Get Ready for A Storm of New Metro Rhythm Events!

A wild storm is brewing in NYC, and we at Metro Rhythm are using the opportunity to cook up some exciting new plans for the year to come.

Keep checking back on this site and our Facebook page for updates in the days to come… You’re likely to catch some info on our first reading of the year– in addition, of course, to catching tigers in red weather.


The hour fast approaches: this Saturday and Sunday at Governors Island is the first annual New York City Poetry Festival, presented by the Poetry Society of New York.

Metro Rhythm will be among the many great organizations at the festival. At 1pm on Saturday 7/30, Metro Rhythm will present readings by Kirkwood Adams, Danniel Schoonebeek, and Timothy Donnelly. And Julia Guez will be there as our personal master of ceremonies– come see her before she leaves New York!

Just looking at the numbers on Facebook, this event promises to be huge, and is most certainly not to be missed.

Readings and events will run from noon to 5pm on both the 30th and 31st. Come early, stay late! There’s no better way to finish up July than with some inspiration from some of the best poets in NYC.

Please RSVP on Facebook, and we’ll see you there.

Popsickle Festival on Saturday, July 23

Don’t forget to come see Metro Rhythm readers Julia Guez, Dorothea Lasky and Ben Pease at the Popsickle Festival this weekend!

Popsickle has been getting a lot of great press, and this promises to be a fantastic showing of Brooklyn’s literary scene. You won’t want to miss it.

Popsickle will be at the Gowanus Ballroom, at 55 9th Street in Brooklyn, on Saturday the 23rd, from 1-8pm.

We’ll see you there!

Your Poetry POPSICKLE Awaits You

It’s time to get ready for POPSICKLE!

POPSICKLE is a literary festival that brings together Brooklyn’s many reading series and small presses for one collectively-curated reading and book fair. And it’s now only weeks away.

When you come down to the Gowanus Ballroom on Saturday, July 23, you’ll get to see a host of great Brooklyn literary institutions– not to mention our own dazzling trio of readers: Dorothea Lasky, Julia Guez, and Ben Pease.

Readings will run from 1 to 8 pm, with music to follow. There will be food, drinks, and a raffle– in short, all kinds of summer fun! Add to that the fact that veteran Rhythmer Kirkwood Adams will be serving as the Metro Rhythm master of ceremonies, and you’ve got a icy-cool Saturday on your hands.

So, before it melts: July 23, 1-8, the Gowanus Ballroom (at 55 9th Street in Brooklyn). You can learn more here, RSVP here, and we’ll see you there.

Metro Rhythm at NYC Poetry Festival

And if you’re looking for another place to get your fix of Metro Rhythm this month, come check out the First Annual New York City Poetry Festival! Organized by the Poetry Society of New York, the Festival will feature a range of New York’s best poetry outlets: presses, publications, and reading series. Best of all, there will be a full weekend of poetry: Noon to 5pm on Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st.

We have an exciting lineup of readers representing us: Danniel Schoonebeek, Kirkwood Adams, and Timothy Donnelly. Come see them (and our guest m.c. Julia Guez) on Saturday 7/30 at 1pm. Then stay on for the rest of the day’s events!

We’re so excited to be taking part, and we look forward to seeing you there!

You can learn more at The Poetry Society of New York, and RSVP on Facebook.

Metro Rhythm at POPSICKLE Fest, 07.23.11


Guess we made a splash this year! In July, Metro Rhythm is curating three readers as part of Brooklyn’s POPSICKLE Festival. Our readers will include the “wonderful and talented” Dorothea Lasky, the “beautifully brilliant” (or was it “brilliantly beautiful”?) Julia Guez, plus one more reader still to be announced. It was very difficult to pick these folks out of all the fabulous writers who’ve read for us in the past, but we’re sure they’ll represent the series well.

The Festival will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 4-7 PM at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn. Check back soon for updates on the full list of readers and events.

The entire POPSICKLE schedule will be available on their website, here.


As we bow out for summer, we here at Metro Rhythm would like to extend a big thanks to everyone who helped make this year such a success. Looking back on many fine readers—and just as important, many fine listeners—we are truly grateful to have had so many dedicated supporters. Blue Angel Wines has eagerly hosted us for two entire seasons, and for that we simply couldn’t say enough. We look forward, with a few changes, to another fabulous season in the fall, though we still have a few summer projects to wrap up, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, for those of you who missed out at our May 13th reading, broadsides from Anselm Berrigan’s forthcoming Notes from Irrelevance (Wave, 2011) are still available from Argos Books. The folks at Argos only printed 75, so get ’em while they last!

P.S. The tree is by Bianca Stone, who also did this.