The New York Quarterly Monthly Reading Series

Sun, 13 September 2015 // 06:00 PM
Bowery Poetry, 308 Bowery, NYC (map)

Admission is FREE

Morty Sklar’s collection The Smell of Life: Poems 1969 to 2005 has been described as: “Inspired by the natural-voice aesthetics of the Iowa City Actualists (of which he was a seminal writer and editor), the Beats, and the New York Poets. He writes with humor, intimacy and original insight addressing everything from heroin addiction to honor, innocent joy to mortal resignation, loneliness to everlasting love.” Sklar's The Spirit That Moves Us Press, which published from 1975 to 2000, was the first to publish in the United States a collection, The Casting of Bells, by dissident Czech poet Jaroslav Seifert, who won the Nobel Prize a year later in 1984. Website:

Barbara Blatner is a playwright, poet and composer. You/Me: Two Short Plays and A Brief Musical, was produced in the 2015 Midtown International Theatre Festival. Years of Sky (2013) won the 2013 Columbia-Greene Playwrights Project, the 2014 New Works of Merit Playwriting Contest, and was presented at the 2015 Great Plains Theatre Conference. Her verse play No Star Shines Sharper was produced for stage and radio. Blatner’s verse memoir, The Still Position, and a second a full-length poetry collection, Living With You, were published by NYQ Books in 2012. She teaches creative writing and composition at Yeshiva University. Website:

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Neil Cain has been a featured poet at Robert Bly's Great Mother & New Father Conference, The Bellingham Electronic Music Festival, the Indianapolis Artsgarden, and previously at the NYQ reading series at the Cornelia Street Cafe. His work has appeared in Vallum, The Tipton Poetry Journal, and is forthcoming in The New York Quarterly. He is the author of one collection of poetry, A Journey of Nine Worlds (Pattern Hungry Press; 2014). Neil Cain NYQ Poets Page:

melissa christine goodrum first journeyed to Brooklyn to obtain an MFA from Brooklyn College. Almost 12 years later, her poetry can be found in The New York Quarterly, The Torch, The Tiny, Rhapsoidia, canwehaveourballback?, Transmission, a harpy flies down, a chapbook by Other Rooms Press, and The Bowery Women Poems, an anthology. Her latest book of poetry, definitions uprising, is available from NYQ Books. She has enjoyed her various leadership roles over the years as recipient of a Zora Neale Hurston Award, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University, and many others. She happily wears many dynamic and creative masks: poet, translator, scholar, editor, book designer, actor and photographer. NYQ Books Author Page: