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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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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!

 

This Friday: Joanna Klink

Here’s a little sample of what’s to come this Friday– a classic poem from Joanna Klink.

We’re excited to see you at the Blue Angel! Don’t forget to RSVP and to like Metro Rhythm on Facebook!

Audio of Camille Rankine

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

 

 

June 23: Popsickle Literary Festival

Come join MetroRhythm at the Popsickle Literary Festival in Brooklyn, on Saturday, June 23 from 12-8pm at The Paper Box. Metro Rhythm is serving up two fantastic readers, Kelly Forsythe and Paul Legault, to the festival’s ranks. Spend your summer Saturday right at what is sure to be a sensational day of literary arts.

 

 

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Kelly Forsythe has poems published or forthcoming in The Minnesota Review, Black Warrior Review and Columbia Poetry Review. Her reviews appear in The Rumpus and Los Angeles Review. In the fall, Noelle Kocot introduced her in American Poet magazine as a 2011 Academy of American Poets “Emerging Poet.” She is the editor of Phantom Limb, an online literary journal, and works for Copper Canyon Press.

Paul Legualt is the co-founder of the translation press Telephone Books and the author of three books of poetry: The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010), The Other Poems (Fence, 2011), and The Emily Dickinson Reader (McSweeney’s, 2012). He is also the co-editor of The Sonnets: Translating and Rewriting Shakespeare (Telephone/Nightboat, 2012), 154 poets’ “versions” of the bard’s own. Legault lives in Brooklyn, NY and works for the Academy of American Poets. He’s here.

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.

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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.

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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.

Come join us for our next night of poetry! Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series returns on Friday, April 20. As usual, the event will be held at Blue Angel Wines. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.

The evening will feature readings by Eamon Grennan, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Josh Schneider, and Morgan Parker.

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MORGAN PARKER lives with her dog, Braeburn, in New York City, where she is an MFA candidate in poetry at NYU. She holds a BA in Anthropology and Creative Writing from Columbia University. Her work has been featured in The Columbia Review, The Blue & White Magazine, and in the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter, published by Argos Books.

Brooklyn Satanist JOSH SCHNEIDER is a contributing writer for VICE Magazine and Noisey.com. His poetry has appeared in Fun Magazine, Leveler, and Fawlt. A lifelong pisces, he enjoys sailing, archery, and golf.

Originally from California, DIANA KHOI NGUYEN is completing an MFA at Columbia University where she is currently a teaching fellow and was the poetry editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art. A recipient of awards from the Key West Literary Seminar and the Academy of American Poets, she has also received scholarships from The Center for Book Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. Her poems appear in Pool Poetry, Devil’s Lake, elimae, Vinyl Poetry, and elsewhere.

EAMON GRENNAN is a poet, scholar and a translator. His books of poetry include Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010), Matter of Fact (2008), and Still Life with Waterfall (2001), which won the 2003 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. His translation of Giacomo Leopardi won the PEN Translation Award. He is also the author of a collection of essays on Irish poetry, Facing the Music: Irish Poetry in the 20th Century (1999). He is an emeritus professor of English at Vassar and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley and Ireland.

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The 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 don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

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!