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Timothy Donnelly Wins Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award

Enormous congratulations to Timothy Donnelly, who recently won the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book The Cloud Corporation (Wave Books, 2010). The Kingsley Tufts Award is given annually to a mid-career poet, and at $100,000, is one of the nation’s largest monetary prizes for literature. Donnelly read at Metro Rhythm’s very first reading in November 2009, and represented us again at the New York City Poetry Festival in 2011. We couldn’t be happier for Donnelly and his family, and know this award couldn’t have been better deserved. Here’s to Donnelly and his achievements, and looking forward to much more success in the near future.

Congratulations as well to Katherine Larson, author of Radial Symmetry (Yale University Press, 2011), who received this year’s Kate Tufts Poetry Award. This $10,000 prize is granted each year for a first book “of genuine promise.” This, coupled with 2010’s Yale Younger Poets Prize, Ms. Larson has certainly earned such praise.

We anticipate more to come from both of these talented poets. Again, heart-felt congratulations.


Metro Rhythm at POPSICKLE Fest, 07.23.11


Guess we made a splash this year! In July, Metro Rhythm is curating three readers as part of Brooklyn’s POPSICKLE Festival. Our readers will include the “wonderful and talented” Dorothea Lasky, the “beautifully brilliant” (or was it “brilliantly beautiful”?) Julia Guez, plus one more reader still to be announced. It was very difficult to pick these folks out of all the fabulous writers who’ve read for us in the past, but we’re sure they’ll represent the series well.

The Festival will be held on Saturday, July 23rd from 4-7 PM at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn. Check back soon for updates on the full list of readers and events.

The entire POPSICKLE schedule will be available on their website, here.


As we bow out for summer, we here at Metro Rhythm would like to extend a big thanks to everyone who helped make this year such a success. Looking back on many fine readers—and just as important, many fine listeners—we are truly grateful to have had so many dedicated supporters. Blue Angel Wines has eagerly hosted us for two entire seasons, and for that we simply couldn’t say enough. We look forward, with a few changes, to another fabulous season in the fall, though we still have a few summer projects to wrap up, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, for those of you who missed out at our May 13th reading, broadsides from Anselm Berrigan’s forthcoming Notes from Irrelevance (Wave, 2011) are still available from Argos Books. The folks at Argos only printed 75, so get ’em while they last!

P.S. The tree is by Bianca Stone, who also did this.

Argos Books Reading with Anselm Berrigan

Anselm Berrigan

It’s been a fantastic year! But we’re not done yet. Metro Rhythm is teaming up this May with Brooklyn’s own Argos Books for a night that will include readings by Anselm Berrigan, Bianca Stone, Marina Blitshteyn, Danielle Blau and Jess Grover. The event will be held on Friday, May 13 at 8:00 p.m. at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg.

Argos will print a broadside excerpt from Berrigan’s forthcoming Notes from Irrelevance (Wave, 2011) to commemorate the evening. Broadsides will be available at the reading for $8.


Anselm Berrigan is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Free Cell (City Lights Books, 2009). Other books include Some Notes on My Programming (Edge, 2006) and Zero Star Hotel (Edge, 2002). He is the current poetry editor for The Brooklyn Rail, and co-editor with Alice Notley and Edmund Berrigan of The Collected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2005) and the Selected Poems of Ted Berrigan (U. California, 2011). A member of the subpress publishing collective, he has published Selected Poems of Steve Carey (2009) and Your Ancient See Through by Hoa Nguyen (2002).  He lives in New York City, where he grew up, with his wife, the poet Karen Weiser, and their daughter Sylvie.

Bianca Stone is the creator and co-curator of the Ladder Poetry Series, and editor of Monk Books. Her most recent poetry publications include Agriculture Reader, Conduit, Crazyhorse and Best American Poetry 2010. Her chapbook, Someone Else’s Wedding Vows, was released by Argos Books last year. Her blog is Poetry Comics.

Marina Blitshteyn wants to live many lives in one life. She studied at SUNY Buffalo. Instead, she’ll have to live one life intensely. She studies at Columbia University. Her first poetry chapbook, Russian for Lovers, was launched on February 24th, 2011 by Argos Books. She loves her friends. (Also, she’s been blogging about her new chappy at Jewish Book Council!)

Danielle Blau‘s poems, short stories, articles and interviews have appeared in The New Yorker Book Bench blog, The Atlantic online, Black Clock, The Wolf, Brown Literary Review, Perigee: Publication for the Arts, Minetta Review, The L Magazine, and multiple issues of Unsaid, among other publications. An MFA candidate in poetry at NYU’s Creative Writing Program, Blau currently resides in Ridgewood, Queens.

Jess Grover is an MFA candidate at Brooklyn College and a poetry editor at InDigest magazine.

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Dorothea Lasky to Read in April

Dorothea Lasky

Spring is in the air—well, almost—and we’re getting over our winter blues. Sounds like a good excuse to drink wine, right? Plus, we can’t freaking wait to present five fantastic readers for our event this April: Dorothea Lasky, Julia Guez, Danniel Schoonebeek, Emily Brandt and Eric Helms Dalton.

The reading will be held at 8:00 pm on April 14, 2011 at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.


Dorothea Lasky is the author of Black Life and AWE, both out from Wave Books. She is also the author of several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010). Currently, she lives in New York City.

After five years of service with Teach For America, Julia Guez is now living in New York, working part-time at The Academy of American Poets.  While pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts at Columbia, she has been awarded a Waletsky and Fulbright Fellowship.  New work is appearing in Court Green and Washington Square.  An interview with the poet, Paul Legault, is now on-line at BOMBLOG.

Danniel Schoonebeek’s work has appeared in Tin House, The Rumpus, Publishers Weekly, The Awl, Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art, Maggy, and Underwater New York. He was born in the Catskills.

Emily Brandt is cofounding editor of No, Dear Magazine. In addition to teaching high school English here in Brooklyn, she also teaches creative writing to Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars through a fellowship at NYU.

Eric Helms Dalton hails from Southern Pines, North Carolina. He graduated from Furman University, majoring in English and Earth and Environmental Science.  He is currently an M.F.A. candidate in poetry at Columbia University.  Outside of reading and writing, he finds most interesting and of use climbing, tennis and working at MoMA P.S.1.

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*Anyone interested in reading for Metro Rhythm in the future should send 3-5 poems and a brief cover letter to metrorhythmreadingseries@gmail.com. Visit our contact page for more info.