We’re celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Monday Night Poetry Series at KGB Bar with spotlights on the poets who have hosted the series. This week we’re featuring Matthew Yeager and John Deming, the current co-hosts.
This marks the final feature of our six-part series, thank you for coming along on this journey with us! To catch up on the previous stories, please click on the links below:
Part 1 featuring Monday Night Poetry Series co-founder Star Black
Part 2 featuring Monday Night Poetry Series co-founder David Lehman
Part 3 featuring series hosts Deborah Landau and Matthew Zapruder
Part 4 featuring series hosts Laura Cronk and Michael Quattrone
Part 5 featuring series host Megin Jiménez
Matthew and John have energized the series in small and large ways. They introduced a graphic logo designed for the series, they produce t-shirts each season to give to the readers. When the funky podium light that had been rigged to the podium began to really call attention to its limitations, Matthew designed and built a new one with concrete, plumbing pipes, and a dimmer switch. It would easily win “Best Podium Light” in the Bar Reading Series catagory if reading series had their own Tony Awards. Matthew and John are most well known, though, for their exquisite introductions of the poets they host. Rather than trying to explain, we thought we’d give you a taste. Please click here to read two from Matthew Yeager’s archives.
Poet Matthew Yeager was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is the author of the poetry collection Like That (2016). Publisher’s Weekly, in a starred review, called the book “a triumph of sonic quality, line construction, and sustained attention.” Yeager’s short film based on a poem from the book, “A Big Ball of Foil in a Small NY Apartment,” was an official selection at 11 film festivals and received three awards. Yeager himself has received two fellowships from MacDowell and is a recipient of the Barthelme Prize in short prose. He works in the catering industry in New York City, where he lives with his wife, poet Chelsea Whitton.
John Deming is Editor in Chief of Coldfront magazine. He has published poems in Boston Review, Fence, A Public Space, Southeast Review, and other journals. His most recent chapbook is 8 Poems (Eye for an Iris Press 2011). He lives in New York City, where he is a full-time faculty member at LIM College.