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ImageImageImageMETRO RHYTHM has returned and is starting the season with an inaugural reading at our new location, Outpost Cafe in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Join us Friday, October 18TH, 8PM for the best gathering of poets anywhere in NYC. Come for the verse, stay for the vino and pints.

Timothy Donnelly is the author of Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebenszeit (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation (Wave, 2010; Picador, 2011), for which he won the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His poems have been widely anthologized and translated and have appeared in such periodicals as A Public Space, Fence, Harper’s, The Iowa Review, jubilat, Lana Turner, The Nation, The New Republic, The Paris Review and elsewhere.

Tadeusz Dąbrowski (b. 1979) is a Polish poet, essayist, and critic. Editor of the literary bimonthly Topos, he has been published in many journals in his native country (among others, Tygodnik Powszechny and Polityka) and abroad (including Boston Review, The American Poetry Review, Poetry Ireland, AGNI Online, and Poetry Wales). He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Kościelski Prize (2009), the Hubert Burda Prize (2008), and the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Culture (2006), and was nominated for the NIKE Literary Award (2010). His work has been translated into twenty languages. Dąbrowski is the author of seven volumes of poetry: Wypieki (1999), e-mail (2000), mazurek (2002), Te Deum (2005, 2008), Czarny kwadrat (2009), Pomiędzy (2013), and Schwarzes Quadrat auf schwarzem Grund (2010, 2011), as well as a collection of poetry in English entitled Black Square (Zephyr Press, 2011), and editor of the anthology Poza slowa: Antologia wierszy 1976–2006 (2006). He lives in Gdańsk on the Baltic coast of Poland. (updated 8/2013)

Laura Eve Engel’s work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Columbia Poetry Review, Tin House and elsewhere. She was the 2011-2012 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. During the summer, she is the Residential Program Director of the UVa Young Writers Workshop.

Jameson Fitzpatrick lives in New York, where he is the book columnist for Next Magazine and an MFA candidate at NYU. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Poetry, The Awl, The American Reader, Linebreak and The Los Angeles Review, among elsewhere.

Laura Romeyn was raised in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She is an MFA candidate in poetry at Columbia University and was a 2012 finalist for the AWP Intro Journal Award. Laura currently freelances as an art critic and is the Poetry Editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. She has been mistaken for a lamb.

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Outpost is located at the nexus of four amazing Brooklyn neighborhoods. Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.

Outpost is most easily accessible from the C or G trains at Clinton-Washington Avenues. From either station, we’re just a quick jaunt along Fulton Street.

Driving to Outpost is almost as easy. Take the Manhattan Bridge and follow Flatbush Avenue for approximately a mile until you reach Fulton Street. Turn left and proceed 1.5 miles. Outpost will be on your right.

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JK SZFrom below the thunders of the deepest summer arises Metro Rhythm! We’re back for our summer installment at the 3rd Annual New York City Poetry Festival. Join us on Governor’s Island as we revel in the limber verses of Julie Kantor and Sean Zhuraw. We will be at the Algonquin Stage at 3:40 on Saturday, July 27th. More information about the New York City Poetry Festival, including ferry schedules and lineups, can be found here.

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Julie Kantor has a B.A. in Literature/Writing, Columbia University; an M.S. in Childhood Education, Brooklyn College; and an M.F.A. in Poetry, Columbia University. She is beginning the doctoral program in American Studies at the University of Texas, Austin this fall. She was a New York City Teaching Fellow, and just completed a two-year teaching fellowship in the Undergraduate Writing Program at Columbia University. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in A Public Space, The Boston Review, Maggy, and Foothill. She is a poetry reader for The Boston Review, and is a musician, playing in the band, Cycles, based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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Sean Zhuraw’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Boston ReviewfoothillJERRY, and The Columbia Review. He’s currently a teaching/writing fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was the winner of the John Logan poetry prize. He volunteers with the Iowa Youth Writing Program and the writing workshop at Oakdale Prison. He graduated from Columbia University and hails from Philadelphia.

ma-vizsolyi jocelynCaseyWhiteman_fullMetro Rhythm is starting off spring with a delightful nosegay of verse for you. On April 13 we’ll have work from some fantastic New York poets– Daniel Wenger, Dolan Morgan, W. M. Lobko, Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman, and M. A. Vizsolyi, to be exact– along with drinks and general bonhomie. And there’s no better place to watch spring hoping eternally around you than Brooklyn Fire Proof.

As usual, we will commence kicking at 8:00 pm. Not as usual, we’re doing our kicking on a Saturday, so you should plan on being fully divested of your weekday cares, and ready to get down with some poems.

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Daniel Wenger studies poetry at Brooklyn College and works as an editor at Medium.

Dolan Morgan lives and writes in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he is an editor at The Atlas Review. His poems and stories can be found in Pank,The Collagist, Contrary, Armchair/Shotgun, Red Lightbulbs, Field, elimae, TRNSFR, The Believer, and numerous other journals. His work mythologizing airplane hijackings is featured in the documentary project, Fortnight.

W. M. Lobko’s poems, interviews, & reviews have appeared in journals such as Hunger Mountain, Kenyon Review, and The Paris-American. Current work appears in Seneca Review & is forthcoming in The Literary Review & Boston Review. He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, & was a semi-finalist for the 92Y / Boston Review “Discovery” Prize. He is a Founding Editor of TUBA, a new review of poetry & art. He studied at the University of Oregon & currently teaches in New York.

Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman is author of Lure (Poetry Society of America New York Chapbook Fellowship, 2009). Her poems have appeared in journals such as Boston Review, Guernica, DIAGRAM, Jet Fuel Review, Threaded, and she’s received grants from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, Columbia University, and the Vermont Studio Center. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University and now writes and teaches yoga in New York City.

M. A. Vizsolyi holds degrees from Pennsylvania State University and New York University, where he was a Starworks Fellow. He has taught poetry at New York University and to pedi-atric patients at the NYU Medical Center. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Margie, 6×6, Slice magazine, and Sixth Finch. He teaches skating and ice hockey in Central Park and lives in New York City with his wife, the poet Margarita Delcheva. His book The Lamp With Wings, was selected for the 2010 National Poetry Series Prize by Ilya Kaminsky.

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The event is free and open to the public. Please do RSVP on Facebook.

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.

Hot off the presses: Justin Boening

Read brand new work from Justin Boening, who will be reading for Metro Rhythm tomorrow night, at Sixth Finch!

And we’ll see you tomorrow, at 8pm at Blue Angel Wines!

 

Audio of Camille Rankine

Listen to a sneak peak of our 10/26 headliner Camille Rankine reading her poem, “Symptoms of Island”!

 

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

 

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Marina Read Weiss is Poetry Editor of Explosion-Proof magazine.  Her work is published or forthcoming in Tin House, Boston Review, PoetryFoundation.org, 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.

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

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.

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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.

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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!