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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.

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!

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.