As eclectic as the city itself, The New York Quarterly Reading Series presents a variety of poetic voices from all walks of life-- regardless of genre and school of thought--and geographically from across the country. Diverse and unique, the one thing these voices all have in common is that they have appeared in the pages of the New York Quarterly poetry magazine, so coming to a reading is just as exciting, unexpected, and open as turning a page in the magazine. The June 2014 reading will feature four authors of NYQ Books with two of those books being released that night: George Witte, Monique Ferrell, Maria Lisella, and Clint Margrave.
George Witte: George Witte is the author of Does She Have a Name? being released by NYQ Books this month and he is the author of two previous collections, The Apparitioners and Deniability. His poems have been published in a range of journals and anthologized in The Best American Poetry, Old Flame, Rabbit Ears, and Vocabula Bound. He received Poetry magazine's Frederick Bock prize, as well as a fellowship from the New Jersey Council for the Arts. The editor in chief of St. Martin's Press, he lives with his family in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Monique Ferrell: Monique S. Ferrell is a Professor of English in New York City. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY in the neighborhood affectionately known as Bed-Stuy. A portion of her writing focuses on that neighborhood, specifically the social and cultural challenges that impact issues of race, community, and gender. Outside of her academic pursuits, she is a widely published and anthologized poet and fiction writer. She frequently reads and lectures at colleges and universities across the country and has appeared as a featured guest at several creative writing events. Her first prose collection, Black Body Parts, was published in 2001 by Cross+Roads Press. She is alos the author of Unsteady, from NYQ Books in 2011.
Maria Lisella: Maria Lisella is the author of Thieves in the Family being released by NYQ Books this month. Her work appears in Amore on Hope Street (Finishing Line Press) and Two Naked Feet (Poets Wear Prada). Her poetry has appeared in many literary journals in print and online including Fox Chase Review, Liqueur 44 (France), New Verse News, The New York Quarterly, The Paterson Literary Review, and Skidrow Penthouse.
She is the co-curator for the Italian American Writers Association readings at Cornelia St. Café and Sidewalk Café. She lives in Long Island City with her husband Gil Fagiani, a poet, translator and writer.
Lisella is a writer and editor covering the travel industry and Europe for more than 20 years. Born in Queens, New York, she graduated from The City Univeristy of New York’s Queensborough Community College, Queens College, and holds an M.A. in Specialized Journalism from NYU-Polytechnic University. She has taught non-fiction writing, and currently teaches a course in Tourism and Hospitality at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Her travel writing appears online and in print in a wide array of publications including FOXNews.com, AFAR, Travel and Leisure, the New York Daily News, Star Ledger, and others. She has been recognized for her work on Italy, South Africa, and France.
Clint Margrave: Clint Margrave is the author of The Early Death of Men published by NYQ Books. His work has appeared in numerous magazines including The New York Quarterly, Rattle, Ambit, Chiron Review, and Pearl, as well as in the anthologies At the Gate: Arrivals and Departures (Kings Estate Press), Beside the City of Angels: An Anthology of Long Beach Poetry (World Parade Books), Incidental Buildings and Accidental Beauty (Tebot Bach) and So Luminous the Wildflowers: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach). He lives in Long Beach, CA.