Notable NYC: 4/22-4/28

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Monday 04/22:
You might have thought, Dustin, I’m glad to be through with your long (for this column) digressions on OBERIU. I’m glad it’s over. You would be a fool. I’m not done. On Monday you should definitely be at the Russian Underground Poetry reading. The reading explores Russian underground poetry from OBERIU (Alexander Vvedensky) to Moscow Conceptualism (Vsevolod Nekrasov) to modern Russian Poetry (Kirill Medvedev). Awesome, right? Right. Ok. See you there. Ainsley Morse, Eugene Ostashevsky, Bela Shayevich, and Matvei Yankelevich will read the work of Vvedensky and Nekrasov. St. Mark’s Church, 8pm, free.

The Poetry Project isn’t the only place that has great poetry on Mondays. The Monday Night Poetry Series features Michael Dickman and Sharon Olds this week. KGB Bar, 7pm, free.

Tuesday 04/23:
Augusten Burroughs reads from his new book This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t. PowerHouse Arena, 7pm, free.

Wednesday 04/24:
Lots of very good poetry readings tonight:
Rae Armantrout and Alan Davies read with the Poetry Project. St. Mark’s Church, 8pm, free.

The Belladonna* Collective welcomes two activist poets to discuss their work and read their poetry. Celina Su and Ariana Reines discuss their work on the Thai-Burmese border and in Haiti, respectively. Poets House, 6:30pm, $5.

Ugly Duckling Presse brings three of their authors to the Brooklyn Public Library for a reading from new works. Lawrence Griffin (Christian Name), Kirill Medvedev w/ translator Keith Gessen (It’s No Good), and Kim Rosenfield (USO: I’ll Be Seeing You) will read. The Plaza at Brooklyn Public Library, 7pm, free.

The Academy of American Poets celebrates the release of the bi-annually released American Poet with readings from Rachel Eliza Griffiths, Cynthia Cruz, and Sophie Cabot Black. Housing Works Bookstore, 7pm, free.

Thursday 04/25:
The Highwaymen NYC celebrate their first anniversary with a massive reading featuring Lisa-Marie Basile, Stephanie Berger, Adam Fitzgerald, Natalie Eilbert, Dolan Morgan, Monica McClure, Ben Fama, Anthony Cappo, Amy Lawless, Sasha Fletcher, Nicole Wallace, and many others. Molasses Books, 7pm, free.

The Publishing Triangle, an association of lesbian and gay men writers, holds The Publishing Triangle Awards tonight. The ceremony and reception are open to the public. Tishman Auditorium of the New School, 7pm, free.

Friday 04/26:
The Paris-American hosts a reading with poets Yusef Komunyakaa, Matthew Zapruder, Roger Reeves, and Christopher Kondrich. Poets House, 8pm, $10.

Saturday 04/27:
The Enclave Reading Series hosts Tony O’Neill, Mark SaFranko, Kristopher Jansma, and Brian Conn Saturday afternoon. The Cake Shop, 4pm, free.

Marissa Crawford and Becca Klaver celebrate the release of new chapbooks Saturday. Crawford releases 8th Grade Hippie Chic (Immaculate Disciples) and Klaver celebrates the release of two chapbooks, Merrily, Merrily (Lame House Press) and Nonstop Pop (Bloof Books). They will be joined by readings from their respective press editors, Dan Magers and Shanna Compton (Bloof). Greenpoint Heights, 8:30pm, free.


Dustin Luke Nelson is a founding editor of InDigest and the host of the InDigest Reading Series. He is a 2012 National Poetry Series finalist and has recently had work published in the Greying Ghost Pamphlet Series, Opium, METRO Twin Cities, Scud, 3:AM, and elsewhere. He has been a writer and producer on Radio Happy Hour and Geocachers. He lives in Astoria, tweets at @dlukenelson, and blogs at blogsareaboutego.blogspot.com. More from this author →