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Try a Little Time Travel

For anyone who has been following us for the past few months, it should come as no surprise that Metro Rhythm will be teaming up this September with Ugly Duckling Presse.  Until now, however, we had yet to announce an official line-up.  So here it is: The reading will feature four poets, Natalie Lyalin, Ben Fama, Garrett Kalleberg and Matvei Yankelevich.  The event will be held in promotion (and celebration) of Lyalin and Fama’s recently released books as part of the Time Travel Through the Cosmos Tour 2k10.  As always, the event will be held at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Natalie Lyalin is the author, most recently, of Try a Little Time Travel, released from Ugly Duckling Presse in July 2010.  Born in Leningrad, and currently living in Philadelphia, she is also the author of Pink & Hot Pink Habitat (Coconut Books, 2009) and is a graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the co-founder and co-editor of GlitterPony Magazine.

Aquarius Rising

Ben Fama is the author of Aquarius Rising, also released from Ugly Duckling in July.  Ben is also the author of the chapbook Sun Come and co-author of the chapbook Girl Boy Girl Boy (Correspondences, 2010). He is the founder of the Brooklyn-based Supermachine Reading Series and poetry journal. His work has appeared in GlitterPonyPank! and No, Dear Magazine, among others.

Garrett Kalleberg‘s Malilenas was released by Ugly Duckling in November 2009.  His previous volumes of poetry include Some Mantic Daemons (Futurepoem, 2002), Psychological Corporations (Spuyten Duyvil, 2002), and Limbic Odes (Heart Hammer, 1997). His poetry, reviews, and translations have appeared in various journals, including Brooklyn RailThe CanaryCrowdEleven ElevenDamn the CaesarsTragaluz (Mexico), FenceSulfurFirst IntensityDenver QuarterlyA.bacusAufgabeMandorla, and American Letters & Commentary, and in An Anthology of New (American) Poets (Talisman House, 1998).  His awards for poetry and critical writing include a grant from Poets & Writers, two awards from the Academy of American Poets, and two grants from The Fund for Poetry. Garrett holds a BFA from Cooper Union, and an MA in Creative Writing from City College.

Matvei Yankelevich‘s books and chapbooks include Boris by the Sea (Octopus Books), The Present Work (Palm Press), and Writing in the Margin (Loudmouth Collective). His writing has appeared in Action Yes!Boston ReviewDamn the CaesarsFenceOpen CityTantalumTypoZen Monster, and other little magazines. His translations from Russian have appeared in Calque, Circumference,  Harpers, New American WritingPoetry, and the New Yorker and in some anthologies.  He edited a portfolio of Contemporary Russian Poetry and Poetics for the magazine Aufgabe, and has written essays on Russian-American poetry for Octopus magazine online. He teaches at Hunter College, Columbia University School of the Arts (Writing Division), and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. At Ugly Duckling Presse, he designs and/or edits many and various books, is the editor of the Eastern European Poets Series, and a co-editor of 6×6. He lives in Brooklyn.

View all new releases from Ugly Duckling here.

For our September reading, Metro Rhythm will be teaming up with Ugly Duckling Presse.  The reading will be held on Friday, September 24th at Blue Angel Wines.  Times and complete list of readers will be announced shortly.