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Brett Melnick Metro Rhythm is back and reading to kick-off the 2013 season in style! Come join us at Brooklyn Fire Proof on Friday, February 22nd for a warm winter’s night of poetry and revelry.

Starting at 8, we’ll have poetry from LYNN MELNICK / BRETT FLETCHER LAUER / CAT RICHARDSON / AMBER GALEO / CARL SCHLACHTE

After that, we’ll spill back into BFP’s cafe/bar for more good times.

Come early to enjoy BFP’s great food and happy hour specials! Stay late to dance the night away!

Brooklyn Fire Proof is at 119 Ingraham Street in Bushwick, just a couple blocks from the Morgan L.

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LYNN MELNICK was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Los Angeles. Her poetry has appeared in BOMB, Denver Quarterly, Guernica, Gulf Coast, jubilat, The Paris Review, A Public Space, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Opium and Forklift, Ohio, and she has written essays and book reviews for Boston Review, Coldfront, LA Review of Books, Poetry Daily, and VIDAweb, among others. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

BRETT FLETCHER LAUER is the deputy director of the Poetry Society of America and the poetry editor of A Public Space. His first book, A Hotel in Belgium, is forthcoming from Four Way Press. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Fence, Harper’s, and elsewhere.

CAT RICHARDSON’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, elimae, Four Way Review, and Sonora Review. She is an editor at Bodega (www.bodegamag.com).

AMBER GALEO is a born-and-bred New Yorker. She is an M.F.A. candidate in Poetry at Columbia University, and also holds an M.A. in Human Rights from Columbia University. Her poetry and social criticism have appeared in various publications, and she currently works at the Academy of American Poets.

CARL SCHLACHTE is a poet living in Brooklyn, where he is finishing his MFA at Brooklyn College. He is also the editor of The Brooklyn Review’s 30th Anniversary issue. Recent poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The West Wind Review, Underwater New York, and 1913: A Journal of Forms.

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Lasky, Geter, Pond and Valente – THIS FRIDAY

Nears and dears,

It’s getting cold and wintry out there, bit by bit, but never fear– the Metro Rhythm Reading Series has your solution.

This Friday, November 30th at 8pm, come join us at Brooklyn Fire Proof for poetry, beverages, and music to which you can (and will) shake it.

Our excellent readers: Dorothea Lasky, Hafizah Geter, Catherine Pond, and Joanna Valente.

Music to continue our evening and blow your mind: provided by Cycles, featuring poet Julie Kantor.

And, to round it out and provide you with all your favorite poetic sing-and-dance-alongs: a set provided by DJ C-Sharp (AKA poet Liz Clark Wessel).

You won’t want to miss this historic event, our inaugural reading at Brooklyn Fire Proof– an amazing venue in Bushwick, perfectly situated for our winter revelries.

The reading commences at 8 o’clock, but we’ll be starting the party early: Happy Hour runs from 5-8. Brooklyn Fire Proof is located just three blocks from the Morgan L train stop.

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Joanna Valente is an MFA candidate in poetry writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where she is also a part-time mermaid. Previous work has appeared in La Fovea, The 22 Magazine, The Westchester Review, and Uphook Press, among others. She founded and currently edits Yes, Poetry. She received BA’s in literature and creative writing from SUNY Purchase.

Catherine Pond was raised in Alpharetta, Georgia. She received her BA from Skidmore College and is currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at Columbia University. She has been published in Death Hums and her work is forthcoming in Salmagundi and Redivider.

Hafizah Geter is a South Carolina native currently living in Brooklyn, New York. She is a Cave Canem Fellow and the recipient of a 2012 Amy Award from Poets & Writers. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in BOXCAR Poetry Review, RHINO, Drunken Boat, New Delta Review, Memorious, and Linebreak.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007). She is also the author of six chapbooks: Matter: A Picturebook (Argos Books, 2012), The Blue Teratorn (Yes Yes Books, 2012), Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Poets & Writers Magazine, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, and 6×6, among other places. She is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and also has been educated at Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, and Washington University. She has taught poetry at New York University, Wesleyan University, Columbia University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Heath Elementary School, and Munroe Center for the Arts and has done educational research at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the Philadelphia Zoo, and Project Zero.

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This reading is free and open to the public. Please RSVP on Facebook.