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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.

Reading Details 09.24.10

The reading is at…

Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg
638 Grant Street (btw Leonard & Manhattan Aves.)
Brooklyn, NY 11211

Be there at 8:00 PM (Brooklyn Standard Time).

The location is close to the Lorimer stop on the L train or the Metropolitan stop on the G.

You can follow us (John and Keegan) to the after party at our apartment (corner of Olive and Devoe Streets).

Change to Ugly Duckling Reading Schedule

Moving Blanket

As it turns out, Matvei Yankelevich will not be able to read for us this September. Instead, however, we are delighted to welcome Kostas Anagnopoulos to our line-up!

Anagnopoulos is the author of Moving Blanket, released in 2010 by Ugly Duckling Presse. He is the founding editor of Insurance Editions, and his chapbooks include Daydream, Irritant, and Various Sex Acts. A new chapbook, Some of My Reasons, is forthcoming from Insurance. Kostas was born and raised in Chicago, and he now lives in Queens, New York.

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.