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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.

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.


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

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 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.

Dorothea Lasky to Read in April

Dorothea Lasky

Spring is in the air—well, almost—and we’re getting over our winter blues. Sounds like a good excuse to drink wine, right? Plus, we can’t freaking wait to present five fantastic readers for our event this April: Dorothea Lasky, Julia Guez, Danniel Schoonebeek, Emily Brandt and Eric Helms Dalton.

The reading will be held at 8:00 pm on April 14, 2011 at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Dorothea Lasky is the author of Black Life and AWE, both out from Wave Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she lives in New York City.

After five years of service with Teach For America, Julia Guez is now living in New York, working part-time at The Academy of American Poets.  While pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at Columbia, she has been awarded a Waletsky and Fulbright Fellowship.  New work is appearing in Court Green and Washington Square.  An interview with the poet, Paul Legault, is now on-line at BOMBLOG.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Rumpus, Publishers Weekly, The Awl, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Maggy, and Underwater New York. He was born in the Catskills.

Emily Brandt is cofounding editor of No, Dear Magazine. In addition to teaching high school English here in Brooklyn, she also teaches creative writing to Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars through a fellowship at NYU.

Eric Helms Dalton hails from Southern Pines, North Carolina. He graduated from Furman University, majoring in English and Earth and Environmental Science.  He is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at Columbia University.  Outside of reading and writing, he finds most interesting and of use climbing, tennis and working at MoMA P.S.1.

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*Anyone interested in reading for Metro Rhythm in the future should send 3-5 poems and a brief cover letter to metrorhythmreadingseries@gmail.com. Visit our contact page for more info.