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!