On 17 January 2015, 35 people gathered at the Anne Frank Center in New York City to celebrate the American launch of the Amsterdam Quarterly 2014 Yearbook. Three AQ writers and one artist read from and/or about their work.
Irving Greenfield read his story, “From Another Place” about the liberation of a concentration camp. Arthur Davis read two short stories, one of which was “Roy’s Desert Motel” published in AQ 11. Yolanda V. Fundora displayed and distributed examples of her digital images, some from AQ10 & 11, and read from her book, Toward a Digital Aesthetic. Bryan R. Monte read five poems, including “This Emptiness” about the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, and from his memoir of the painter, Jerome Caja from AQ9.
The Saturday afternoon reading was also an opportunity for those in attendance from New York and New Jersey to meet these AQ authors and artist and to have their Amsterdam Quarterly 2014 Yearbooks signed by them.
Founded in 2011, Amsterdam Quarterly is a literary magazine based in the Netherlands. Its goal is to publish, promote and comment on writing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the world. AQ is published thrice yearly online at www.amsterdamquarterly.nl and www.amsterdamquarterly.org and annually as a free, print-on-demand, compilation yearbook available to AQ contributors, reading attendees (one per household to be ecologically friendly) and workshop participants. All back issues are available online.
During January 2015, Amsterdam Quarterly will be reading submissions for its spring issue (AQ12). Its theme is “writers on writers and/or writing.” AQ12 will include memoirs about the poets FrancinEyE and Thom Gunn. The deadline for this issue is 31 January 2015. Please consult the submission guidelines at www.amsterdamquarterly.org/submissions.