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 July 2014 reading will feature:
Jackie Sheeler http://books.nyq.org/author/jackiesheeler Jackie Sheeler is a lifelong New Yorker and a lifelong juggler: poet, performance artist, songwriter, wordrocker, publisher, blogger, producer and webmaster. In addition to The New York Quarterly, her work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Phoebe, Slant, and many other journals. Performance highlights include The People's Poetry Gathering at Cooper Union, Symphony Space, WBAI and NPR radio, CBGB's, The Poetry Project, Bowery Poetry Club and Nuyorican Poets Café (to name just a few). Jackie has no MFA nor any desire to obtain one; she’s done fine with her GED so far and feels no need for an educational upgrade. A strong believer in workshopping, she has studied with Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, Patricia Smith, Hettie Jones, Angelo Verga and Rita Gabis, all writers she greatly admires
Professor ARTURO http://poets.nyq.org/poet/professorarturo Professor ARTURO (aka Arthur Pfister), a poet and fiction writer from New Orleans, is a Spoken Word artist, educator, performer, editor and speechwriter. ARTURO, one of the original Broadside poets of the 1960s, has collaborated on a medley of projects with a melange of artists including painters, musicians, photographers, dancers, singers, fire eaters, waiters, cab drivers, and other members of the Great Miscellaneous. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as FAHARI, the American Poetry Review, the Shooting Star Review, the Minnesota Review, the Gallery Mirror, EBONY, From a Bend in the River, Mesechabe, Word Up, the Chicory Review, the New Laurel Review, the New Orleans Tribune, The New York Quarterly, Chickenbones, We Speak As Liberators, Black Spirits, A Broadside Treasury, and Swapping Stories: Folktales From Louisiana. He is presently teaching at Norwalk Community College in CT. He recently published a volume of his work entitled MY NAME IS NEW ORLEANS: 40 Years of Poetry & Other Jazz (w/ jazzoetry CD)…Available @ http://www.margaretmedia.com.
Neil Cain http://poets.nyq.org/poet/neilcain Neil Cain is a poet, musician, and organizer for the Arts in his native Indianapolis. His work has appeared in Vallum Magazine, The Tipton Poetry Journal and is forthcoming in The New York Quarterly. He has appeared for readings at The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, Robert Bly's Great Mother & New Father Conference, and The Cornelia St. Cafe. He is the author of two collections of poetry, Summon Your Strength Son, The Future is Upon Us and A Journey of Nine Worlds.
Austin Allen http://poets.nyq.org/poet/austinallen Austin Allen is a poet, essayist, and editor. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Iron Horse Literary Review, Measure, The Missouri Review, The Nervous Breakdown, The New York Quarterly, Unsplendid, and elsewhere. His essays have been featured by Poetry Foundation, Open Letters Monthly, Big Think, and other outlets. He lives in Baltimore.