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:
Joanna Fuhrman’s newest book is The Year of Yellow Butterflies (Hanging Loose Press, 2015). She is the author of 4 other books of poetry, most recently Pageant (Alice James Books, 2009), as well as the chapbook The Emotive Function (Least Weasel Press, 2011). She teaches poetry writing at Rutgers University, through Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and in private workshops. For the last few years, she has been working on a collaboration with the artist Toni Simon, sections of which can be seen in print in Hanging Loose and online in Talisman, Posit, and Paperbag. Website: joannafuhrman.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/joanna.fuhrman.1 Blog: theyearofyellowbutterflies.weebly.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/joannafuhrman Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/joanna-fuhrman
Al Ortolani Al Ortolani’s poetry and reviews have appeared in journals such as Prairie Schooner, New Letters, Word Riot, and the New York Quarterly. He has published five books of poetry, The Last Hippie of Camp 50 and Finding the Edge, published byWoodley Press at Washburn University, Wren's House, published by Coal City Press in Lawrence, Kansas, and Cooking Chili on the Day of the Dead from Aldrich Press in Torrance, California. His fifth book, Waving Mustard in Surrender, was published by New York Quarterly Books in 2014. His newest collection, Francis Shoots Pool at Chubb’s Bar, was released in February of 2015 by Spartan Press. He co-edits The Little Balkans Review, a regional journal out of southeast Kansas. Currently, he is teaching English in the Kansas City area and serves on the Board of Directors of the Kansas City Writers Place. He performs his poems widely and is a member of the troupe White Buffalo Poetry and Blues. Recently, he worked with Jazz singer Angela Hagenbach at the Broadway Jazz Club in Kansas City, Missouri. Website: www.alortolani.com
Arthur Pfister, aka Professor Arturo Professor Arturo, a poet and fiction writer from New Orleans, is a Spoken Word artist, educator, performer, editor, and speechwriter. One of the original Broadside poets of the 1960s, Professor Arturo has collaborated on a medley of projects with a mélange 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, American Poetry Review, The Chicory Review, The New Laurel Review, The New Orleans Tribune, New York Quarterly, Chickenbones, We Speak As Liberators, Black Spirits, A Broadside Treasury, and Swapping Stories: Folktales From Louisiana. Currently, he teaches at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. He recently published a volume of his work entitled My Name Is New Orleans: 40 Years of Poetry & Other Jazz (w/ jazzoetry CD). Jazz Stories, a volume of his short stories, will be published in spring 2015 by Margaretmedia, Inc. and a collection of his poems, A Love Supreme, will be published in fall 2015 by NYQ Books. Blog: http://professorarturo.blogspot.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArthurPfisterakaProfessorARTURO