The New York Quarterly, Live

January 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

NYQ's founder William Packard looks on in bemusement as his life's work is blurbed on the Internet.

Tomorrow night, associate editor at The New York Quarterly and longtime Cornelia stalwart Ted Jonathan will introduce F.D. Reeve, Eileen B. Hennessy and KP Liles to our Downstairs spoken word audience. NYQ’s been publishing outstanding modern poetry since bicoastal superlaureate William Packard founded the magazine in 1969. “I’d enjoyed the cafe on many occasions,” says Jonathan, whom we accosted via email last week. “So when our editor, Raymond Hammond, asked me to kick-off a reading series, it was a no-brainer.” So it has remained. “Especially,” he adds “since the curator of poetry & performance at the cafe at the time, Angelo Verga,  is a fellow native Bronxite and poet whose work I admire.”

Jonathan also points out that, in addition to poetry, the New York Quarterly features extensive interviews and essays on the craft of writing, “…from W.H. Auden in Issue 1 to Ann Sexton, and more recently, W.D. Snodgrass and Franz Wright. So these readings give poets who’ve been published in the magazine a chance take part in the oral tradition before an audience, that I’m happy to say, seems to be growing.” Goals, dreams, aspirations and resolutions for the New Year? “Our goals are to keep on keeping on.” Keep on keeping on, NYQ.

NYQ readers appear downstairs tomorrow, Jan 17th at 6pm. Seven dollars for all the spoken print you can imbibe, and then some.  Call 212/989-9319 or click here for reservations.


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