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.
This month’s reading will feature: John Amen John Amen is the author of 4 collections of poetry: Christening the Dancer, More of Me Disappears, At the Threshold of Alchemy, and The New Arcana (with Daniel Y. Harris). His latest collection, strange theater, was released by New York Quarterly Books in February 2015. His work has appeared in journals nationally and internationally and been translated into Spanish, French, Hungarian, Korean, and Hebrew. In addition, he has released 2 folk/folk rock CDs: All I’ll Never Need and Ridiculous Empire. He is also an artist, working primarily with acrylics on canvas. Further information is available on his website: www.johnamen.com. John travels widely giving readings, doing musical performances, and conducting workshops. He founded and continues to edit The Pedestal Magazine (www.thepedestalmagazine.com). Website: www.johnamen.com Facebook: www.facebook.com/johncamen NYQ Poets Page: http://books.nyq.org/author/johnamen
Donald Lev Donald Lev has been a prolific poet and a small press publisher for many years. He still publishes Home Planet News, the newsprint literary review founded by him and his late wife Enid Dame in 1979. Numerous collections of his poetry have appeared since the late 1960s, including A Very Funny Fellow, published by NYQ Books in 2012. Website: http://poets.nyq.org/poet/donaldlev Home Planet News: http://www.homeplanetnews.org/
Melinda Thomsen Melinda Thomsen’s poetry and book reviews have been published or are forthcoming in journals such as Heliotrope, Poetry East, Big City Lit, New York Quarterly, Home Planet News, Elysian Fields Quarterly, and The Same. Her poems have also been published in anthologies, including Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems (Persea Books), Blues for Bill: A Tribute to William Matthews, Spring (Gatehouse Press Ltd., Great Britain), and Token Entry: New York City Subway Poems (Smalls Press). Her 2 chapbooks, Naming Rights and Field Rations, are from Finishing Line Press. Website: http://poets.nyq.org/poet/melindathomsen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/melinda.thomsen.37
George Witte is the author of 3 collections of poems: Does She Have a Name? (NYQ Books, 2014), Deniability (Orchises Press, 2009), and The Apparitioners (Orchises Press, 2005). His poems have been published in Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, Poetry, Southwest Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Yale Review, and elsewhere, and selected for The Best American Poetry. He received Poetry magazine's Frederick Bock prize, as well as a fellowship from the New Jersey Council for the Arts. For 30 years he has worked in book publishing, as an editor of fiction and nonfiction books, publisher of Picador USA, and for the past 15 years editor in chief of St. Martin’s Press. He lives with his family in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
Website: http://poets.nyq.org/poet/georgewitte Good Reads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/801230.George_Witte