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John P James

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Metro Rhythm was created by John James and Keegan Lester, both poets from Appalachia who had recently moved to New York City. Inspired by the movement of people and cultures in New York, by vibration and sound, and by their own move from the more rural environments of Kentucky and West Virginia to an urban one, they chose to call this organization Metro Rhythm.

Metro Rhythm holds monthly to bimonthly readings at Blue Angel Wines in Williamsburg. Our readers have included Timothy Donnelly, Monica Ferrell, Mark Bibbins and Ben Mirov, and this autumn will feature a reading in cooperation with Ugly Duckling Presse, as well as poets Meghan O'Rourke and Eleanor Lerman, among others.