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.