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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.


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.


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.


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.


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!

Come start off your December with wine and poetry! Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series will be back at Blue Angel Wines on Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

We can’t wait. As our November reading helped us recall, nothing makes chilly winter nights in Brooklyn more fun than getting cozy in our favorite wine shop and listening to some terrific poems.

This month we have a fantastic range of voices: Deborah Landau, Lynne Potts, Jesse Garces Kiley, Gracie Leavitt, Jay Boulanger, and Joshua Daniel Edwin.


Deborah Landau is the author of The Last Usable Hour, a Lannan Literary Selection published by Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium, which won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Her poems have appeared in many publications including The Paris Review, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, TriQuarterly, The Best American Erotic Poems, Poetry Daily and The Harvard Review. She directs the Creative Writing Program at New York University.

Lynne Potts’s poems have appeared in The Paris Review, American Letters and Commentary, Meridian, Guernica, Southern Poetry Review, and many others.  Poetry Daily selected her poem the “Relentless Pronoun” for online publication. Lynne has won the Backwards City Review prize for Poetry and the Bowery Poetry Club HD Prize. She is Poetry Editor of AGNI and former Poetry Editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.

Jesse Garces Kiley‘s poems have appeared in Oranges and Sardines and are upcoming in the Lamplighter Review.  A recent MFA graduate of Columbia University, Jesse teaches at Bard’s High School Early College and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and six-month-old son.

Gracie Leavitt—sick about the market, charmed by invention, for whom syntax is a function of the soul—concerns herself in Brooklyn with imagined nostalgia where her mother was born. Recent work can be found now or soon in Conjunctions, Lana Turner, Sentence, No, Dear, Brooklyn Review, Sugar House Review, and Washington Square. Super-recent transatlantic-collaborations can be found in Whiskey & Fox‘s series “Parks and Occupation.”

Jay Boulanger received his MFA from Columbia University in 2010 and currently works for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a Grants Manager.  He is completing a full-length manuscript of poems, Telling Hour, and a chapbook, Poems for Two Voices.

Joshua Daniel Edwin was raised in Baltimore and has lived in Atlanta, Seoul, South Korea and New York City. He studies poetry and literary translation at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. His recent work appears in the anthology Why I Am Not A Painter, published by Argos Books.


This event will be free and open to the public. So RSVP on Facebook, tell your friends, and we’ll see you down at the Blue Angel next Friday!

Get ready! Our next event in Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series fast approaches!

We’re talking Friday, November 4th at 8 p.m.

For this installment, we bring you six rich and unique voices: Anna Moschovakis, Peter Richards, Elizabeth Clark Wessel, Lindsay Turner, Eric Weinstein, and Billie Tadros.

The event will be at our ancestral manse for all things arts & viticulture: Blue Angel Wines.


Anna Moschovakis‘s recent books are You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake (Coffee House Press, 2011) and The Jokers (NYRB Classics, 2010), a translation of La violence et la dérision by Egyptian-French novelist Albert Cossery. She is a longtime member of Brooklyn-based publishing collective Ugly Duckling Presse, for which she edits several books a year and heads up the Dossier Series of investigative texts.

Peter Richards was born in 1967 in Urbana, Illinois. He is a recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in Poetry, an Iowa Arts Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and the John Logan Award. His poems have appeared in Agni, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, The Yale Review, and other journals. He is the author of Oubliette (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2001), which won the Massachusetts Center for the Book Honors Award; Nude Siren (Verse Press/Wave Books, 2003); and Helsinki (Action Books, 2011). The University of Montana-Missoula’s visiting Hugo Poet Spring Semester 2011, Richards has taught at Harvard University, Tufts University, and Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston.

Elizabeth Clark Wessel‘s poems and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in DIAGRAM, A Public Space, Fairy Tale Review, No, DearSixth Finch, Asymptote, Lana Turner Journal, Leveler and Fawlt Magazine, among others. Her prose can be found at Poetry InternationalThe New Yorker’s Book Bench blog, and BOMBLOG. She is the winner of the Bennett Poetry Prize at Columbia University, sponsored by the Academy of American Poets. Recently, Dana Levin chose her manuscript Whither Weather for the Midwest Chapbook Series, sponsored by the Laurel Review. She lives in Brooklyn and is an editor at Argos Books.

Lindsay Turner‘s poems and criticism have appeared in WebConjunctions, Harvard Review, Drunken Boat, The Boston Review, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.  She is the recipient of the 2011 Lana Turner Discovery Award. She holds a Masters degree in film studies from the Université Paris III and an M.F.A. in poetry from New York University.  She lives in Charlottesville, VA, where she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Virginia.

Eric Weinstein‘s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Best New Poets 2009 anthology, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, and others. He was recently named a finalist for both the Poetry Foundation’s 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and the 2011 National Poetry Series. He lives in New York City, where he is an MFA candidate at New York University.

Billie Tadros is a poet-composer enrolled in the MFA program in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first book, The Tree We Planted and Buried You In.


As always, this event is free and open to the public.

See you next Friday! And don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook.

Save the date! Metro Rhythm Presents: The Blue Angel Reading Series will have its first event of the season on Friday, September 30, 2011, at 8:00 p.m.

The event will be autumnal. The poetic bounty, fecund. Our readers, stellar. Katie Byrum. Martin Rock. Genevieve Burger-Weiser. Montana Ray (occasioning a chapbook release celebration). Josh Bell. Don’t miss this.

As usual, we will be at Blue Angel Wines, where Kym and crew have a lovely selection of bottles for you to buy, and the verse flows into plastic cups and ears alike!


Josh Bell’s book of poetry is No Planets Strike. His poems have appeared in such magazines as 9th Letter, The Awl, Boston Review, Hotel Amerika, Indiana Review, The Manchester Review, Triquarterly, Verse, and Volt. His poems have been reprinted in the recent anthologies Legitimate Dangers, Imaginary Poets: 22 Master Poets Create 22 Master Poets, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Seriously Funny, and Third Rail: Rock and Roll Poetry (MTV Books).

Montana Ray is a feminist writer & mother. Her gunpoetry is appearing in La Petite Zine, Lana Turner, and her chapbook from dancing girl press, (guns & butter), which will be available for the first time at Metro Rhythm. Ray’s fiction appears in Narrative Magazine.  Her translations of the early work of Spanish poet Francisca Aguirre are forthcoming in Asymptote Journal and in her chapbook, The Other Music: Selected Poems from the 1970s, published by Argos Books and to be launched at Camel Art Space on October 2.

Martin Rock‘s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Conduit, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, No Dear, Salamander, The Tampa Review, and other journals. His collaborative chapbook with Philip D. Ischy, Fish, You Bird was published by Pilot Books and his full length collection, New Country, was a recent finalist for Sarabande’s Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry.  He is managing editor of Epiphany, a literary journal, and Editor in Chief of Loaded Bicycle.  He lived in Japan for three and a half years and can again feel “the wandering” shaking in his bones.

Genevieve Burger-Weiser‘s poems have been published in Boston Review, Western Humanities Review, Washington Square Review, Juked magazine and CRATE. She was a finalist for the Poetry Foundation’s 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a winner of Poets & Writers’ 2009 Amy Award, and shortlisted for the Times Literary Supplement 2008 Poetry Prize. She contributes book reviews to TheThepoetry Blog, teaches at Manhattanville College, and makes her home in Brooklyn, NY.

Katie Byrum is in her 2nd year of the poetry MFA program at Hunter College. You can find her recent writing in Forklift, Ohio; Gulf Coast; and Lumberyard Magazine. It has also appeared in subway cars and abandoned phone booths; on airplanes headed for Dublin, Milwaukee, and Tampa; and inside egg cartons at Whole Foods.

And what’s more: “Bell, Ray, Rock, Burger-Weiser & Byrum” isn’t just our list of readers. It’s our dancing instructions for the inevitable after-party.

Don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook, and we’ll see you there on the 30th!

Last Reading of the Season, with Paul Legault

Paul Legault

June has arrived, and with it, the second season of Metro Rhythm readings must draw to a close… but before we go, one last treat that will stick to your ribs and astound your poetic palate.

This month we are very proud and excited to present Paul Legault, Natalie Eilbert, Allyson Paty, and John Fenlon Hogan. The reading will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011, at our usual beloved location, Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg. And you know what that means: a houseful of poets, drinks and carousing– with all the comforts of Brooklyn and even a yard out back for your break-time wanderings.


Paul Legault was born in Ontario and raised in Tennessee. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Virginia and a BFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California. His poems have been published in Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, FIELD, Pleiades, Maggy, SUPERMACHINE, and other journals. He is the author of two books of poetry, The Madeleine Poems (Omnidawn, 2010) and The Other Poems, which is forthcoming from Fence Books in 2011. He co-founded and co-edits the translation press Telephone Books. Paul lives with his husband, Orion Jenkins, in Brooklyn, NY and works at the Academy of American Poets.

Natalie Eilbert received her MFA in poetry from Columbia University. Her work has appeared in InDigest, Colorado Review, Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Boxcar Poetry Review, and others. She is currently working on her first full-length manuscript, which is largely based around the “Venus” of Willendorf.

Allyson Paty was raised in New York City, where she continues to live. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Tin House, Boxcar Poetry Review, and Low Log, among others. Her collaborations with Danniel Schoonebeek can be found on The Awl and Underwater New York.

John Fenlon Hogan was born and raised in Northern Virginia.  He works for a financial services firm where he specializes in revocable living trust investment vehicles.  He also attends Columbia’s MFA program and is the current poetry editor of Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art.  His poetry and articles on financial advising have appeared or are forthcoming in Do Not Go Gentle, Ekphrasis, and The Washington Times, among others.

Come join us and get your dose of great poems, fine wine, and sparkling company before summer takes hold! And don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook!

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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Don’t know about you, but Metro Rhythm has been feeling the cold. In harsh months, fettered by an absence of fantasia, one searches for what will suffice; that which will excite the senses and tickle the mind. And that, my friends, is poetry and wine.

This month, Metro Rhythm is proud to present Ken Chen, Alex Dimitrov, E.C. Belli and Sam Ross (plus cheap booze and long smoke breaks) for our first reading of the year. The event will be  held on February 18th, 2011, and as always, is free and open to the public.


Ken Chen is the 2009 recipient of the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. His debut poetry collection, Juvenilia (Yale, 2010) was selected by Louise Gluck. A graduate of Yale Law School, Mr. Chen abandoned a promising career at a Wall Street law firm to become the Executive Director of The Asian American Writers’ Workshop. His work has been published in Best American Essays 2006, The Boston Review of Books, The Yale Anthology of American Poetry, Fence, jubilat, Film International, C-Theory, Radical Society, and Art Asia Pacific.

Alex Dimitrov is the founder of Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon in New York City. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the Kenyon Review, Yale Review, Boston Review, New York Quarterly, and others. He works at the Academy of American Poets and frequently writes for Poets & Writers magazine.

A Swiss native, E.C. Belli’s poetry and translations have appeared or are forthcoming in FIELD, Hayden’s Ferry ReviewThe Antioch ReviewWestern Humanities ReviewCaketrainMid-American ReviewEurope: revue littéraire mensuellePO&SIEVoix d’Encre, and Cerise Press, among others. Her chapbook Plein Jeu is the winner of Accents Publishing’s 2010 Poetry Chapbook Contest and her work was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is the recipient of a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans and writes in both French and English.

Sam Ross was born in Indiana and is currently a student in the M.F.A. program in poetry at Columbia University. He has a B.A. in English and Political Science from Indiana University and a Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University which he earned while teaching 8th grade English in Brooklyn with Teach For America. He was a finalist for the Sycamore Review‘s Wabash Poetry Prize and has work forthcoming in an anthology from Argos Books.

Metro Rhythm Reading 10.22.10

This month Metro Rhythm is proud to present five outstanding poets: Meghan O’Rourke, Eleanor Lerman, Sarah V. Schweig, Zachary Pace and Jay Deshpande.  The reading will be held at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Details below.

Blue Angel Wines

638 Grand Street (btw. Leonard & Manhattan Aves.)

Brooklyn, NY 11211

The event will be held at 8:00 P.M. BST (Brooklyn Standard Time).

To get there, take the L to the Lorimer stop, or the G to Metropolitan.

You can RSVP on Facebook.


Meghan O’Rourke is the author of the poetry collection Halflife, a finalist for the Forward First Book Prize, and the forthcoming The Long Goodbye, an examination of grief. Her second book of poems, In Defense of Pain, will be published in 2011. A culture critic for Slate and advisory editor for The Paris Review, she lives in Brooklyn.

Eleanor Lerman is a native New Yorker and unrepentant member of the Woodstock Nation. She has also been a guide in a Chinese museum, the manager of a harpsichord kit workshop, and a comedy writer. Connections between the humor of the human condition and the mysteries of infinity are the hallmark of her thirty-five-year-long writing career, for which she has received numerous awards including a National Book Award nomination, an NEA grant, and the Lenore Marshall Poetry Award from the Academy of American Poets. She is the author of four previous collections of poetry and two collections of short stories.  Her most recent book is The Sensual World Re-emerges (Sarabande, 2010).

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Sarah V. Schweig’s poems have appeared in Boston Review, Western Humanities Review, and Verse Daily.  Her chapbook, S, is forthcoming through Dancing Girl Press.  She lives in Boerum Hill.

Zachary Pace attended Purchase College and Sarah Lawrence. He created and curates Projection, a multimedia reading series. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

Jay Deshpande was born in Texas and raised in the Northeast. He has taught in Egypt, France, and the United States, and currently is pursuing his MFA at Columbia University.

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).