Amsterdam Quarterly Celebrates Ninth Yearbook

Amsterdam Quarterly Celebrates Ninth Yearbook
Nine A’dam/NL-Resident Contributors Present

On 24 January 2020, Amsterdam Quarterly held its ninth annual yearbook launch party and reading at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. Present were nine Amsterdam or Dutch-resident writer and/or artist contributors—the most ever at an annual reading—and an audience of approximately 25. Readers included Nina Ascoly, Nathan Beck, Simon Brod, Darya Danesh, Sarah Kinebanian, Sandhya Krishnakumar, Bryan R. Monte, bart plantenga, and Pat Seman.

Amsterdam Quarterly 2019 Yearbook Party Readers, 24 January 2020. (L. to r. Nathan Beck, Sandhya Krishnakumar, Darya Danesh, Bryan R. Monte, Simon Brod, Pat Seman, bart plantenga, Nina Ascoly, and Sarah Kinebanian

Highlights of the Amsterdam Quarterly 2019 Yearbook include art and a photoessay by Ladislav R. Hanka, fiction by David Butler, Susan L. Lloy and Pat Seman, an interview with Susan S. Lloy, memoirs by Darya Danesh, Daniel Hudon, Bryan R. Monte, and bart plantenga, photography by Demi Anter, Nina Ascoly, Jury S. Judge, Keith Moul, and Bob Ward, and poetry by Nathan Beck, Simon Brod, Sandhya Krishnakumar, Ian C. Smith, Meryl Stratford, David Subacchi, and Jon Thompson, among others.

Amsterdam Quarterly was founded in 2011. Its mission is to publish, promote, and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the world. AQ is published four times annually: online in the spring, summer, and autumn, and in the winter as a print-on-demand compilation anthology. AQ produces theme-based issues. The issues for 2019 were Media (AQ24), Amsterdam (AQ25), and Borderlands (AQ26).

Themes for 2020 include Beginnings/Endings (AQ27, now online), The Weather (AQ28, reading period April 2020), and Choices (AQ29, reading period July 2020). Since its founding in 2011, AQ has published work in twelve genres: art, articles, drama, essays, fiction, interviews, memoirs, news, photoessays, photography, poetry, and reviews.

Amsterdam Quarterly 2019 Yearbook Launch Party/Reading

Amsterdam Quarterly 2019 Yearbook Launch Party/Reading American Book Center

16 Jan. 2020 (AMSTERDAM) On Friday, 24 January 2020, Amsterdam Quarterly will celebrate the publication of its ninth annual yearbook with a launch party and reading at the American Book Center, Spui 12, Amsterdam from 6 to 7.40 p.m. Admission is free.

Readers for the evening will include Nathan Beck, Simon Brod, Darya Danesh, Sandhya Krishnakumar, Bryan R. Monte, Sarah Kinebanian, bart plantenga, and Pat Seman who will read brief excerpts from their fiction, memoirs, or poetry.

Amsterdam Quarterly was founded in 2011 to publish, promote, and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the world. The Amsterdam Quarterly 2019 Yearbook features work in eleven genres: art, articles, essays, fiction, an interview, memoirs, news, a photoessay, photography, poetry and reviews. In particular the AQ 2019 Yearbook includes an interview and fiction by Canadian and former Amsterdam resident Susan Lloy, art and a photoessay by Czech-American artist Ladislav R. Hanka, photography by Demi Anter, Nina Ascoly, Jury S. Judge, Keith Moul, bart plantenga, and Bob Ward, as well as fiction, memoir and poetry by Amsterdam residents Nathan Beck, Simon Brod, Darya Danesh, bart plantenga, and Pat Seman, plus work by other writers and artists from around the world.

AQ 2018 Yearbook Party readers. l. to r.: Simon Brod, bart plantenga, Jasmine Nihmey Vasdi, Amina Imzine, Bryan R. Monte, Darya Danesh & Pat Seman.

During the month of January 2020, Amsterdam Quarterly will be reading for work related to the theme of Beginnings/Endings. The next 2020 reading periods are April 2020 (Theme: The Weather) and July 2020 (Theme: Choices).

AQ Writers Read at The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland

AQ Writers Read at The Writer’s Center, Bethesda, Maryland

On Monday, 21 October 2019, four Amsterdam Quarterly writers read their work at the The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The audience heard from Claudia Gary, Hiram Larew, Bryan R. Monte, and Irene Hoge Smith.

Claudia Gary read poems from her new chapbook, Genetic Revisionism: Poems Inspired by the Sciences and Mathematics (Loudoun Scribe, 2019), and from others collections in various formats including a triolet ‘Monet’s Water Lilies’ (AQ15) and rhyming quatrains ‘Fixed Up’ (AQ16) and ‘Exurbia’ (AQ26). Hiram Larew read five poems, including one entitled ‘Achill Sound’, which is scheduled to appear in the 2019 Bridgewater International Poetry Festival Anthology and which he read as a way to introduce the anti-hunger poetry initiative, Poetry X Hunger, (poetryxhunger.com), launched with the support of the United Nations and the Maryland State Arts Council. Bryan R. Monte read a selection of poems from his unpublished collection On the Level: Fifty-five Poems about Living with Multiple Sclerosis. Irene Hoge Smith read from her unpublished piece The Good Poetic Mother: An Epistolary Quest, a series of letters to her mother, the poet FrancEYE.

After the reading, Amsterdam Quarterly’s publisher/editor signed copies of the Amsterdam Quarterly 2018 Yearbook. The AQ 2018 Yearbook is not for sale and is only available to audience members at AQ readings.

Amsterdam Quarterly writers at 21 October 2019 The Writer’s Center Reading. L. to r. Hiram Larew, Bryan R. Monte, Claudia Gary, and Irene Hoge Smith.

Amsterdam Quarterly and publisher/editor Bryan R. Monte mentioned in Het Parool

Amsterdam Quarterly and publisher/editor Bryan R. Monte mentioned in Het Parool

On 2 February 2019, Amsterdam Quarterly and its publisher/editor Bryan R. Monte were mentioned in an Het Parool article ‘Boekenmachine: Eigen beheer. Van enkel exemplar tot toonbanksucces’. (Book machine: Self-management. From single copy to commercial success’)

In a section, entitled: ‘Delen van kunst and literatuur’ (Sharing art and literature), reporter Marc Kruyswijk interviewed Monte about why he had used the American Book Center’s Espresso Book Machine to print AQ’s yearbook for the last eight years. Monte stated he used the EBM because he could print as few or as many copies of the AQ yearbook as he needed.

AQ Publisher/Editor Bryan R. Monte before Het Parool interview, Maria Minaya, photo, 2019.

Monte emphasized also that the AQ yearbook is not for sale, but is only for writers whose piece or pieces appear in the AQ yearbook that year, for AQ reading audience members — only one copy per address to be environmentally-friendly — and for the AQ Writers’ Group members.

The article ends with Monte praising the EBM crew, Maria and Steven, who have printed the yearbooks, for their years of assistance. Monte states: ‘They ensure the editions always look a little bit better. If they say something can be done differently, I follow their advice without hesitation.’

Amsterdam Quarterly Holds 8th Annual Yearbook Launch Party & Reading

Amsterdam Quarterly Holds 8th Annual Yearbook Launch Party & Reading

On 25 January 2019, approximately 30 people attended Amsterdam Quarterly’s eighth annual launch party and reading to celebrate the publication of its eighth yearbook at the American Book Center in Amsterdam. Launch party readers included Simon Brod, Darya Danesh, Amina Imzine, Bryan R. Monte, bart plantenga, Pat Seman and Jasmine Nihmey Vasdi. The evening also included a demonstration by Maria Minaya of the ABC’s print-on-demand Betty the Bookmachine. In attendance were also Amsterdam poet Kate Foley and novelist Philibert Schogt.

AQ 2018 Yearbook Party readers. l. to r.: Simon Brod, bart plantenga, Jasmine Nihmey Vasdi, Amina Imzine, Bryan R. Monte, Darya Danesh & Pat Seman.

The Amsterdam Quarterly 2018 Yearbook contains art, articles, essays, fiction, memoirs, photography, poetry and book and art reviews from the magazine’s two websites, www.amsterdamquarterly.org and amsterdamquarterly.nl from issues 21 to 23. These were organized around the themes of Money (AQ21), Texture (AQ22), and Genealogy (AQ23). AQ24, whose theme is Media, will appear online at the end of March 2019. The reading periods for AQ25 (Amsterdam) and AQ 26 (Borderlands) are the months of April and July 2019 respectively.

Amsterdam Quarterly was founded in April 2011 to publish, promote and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam. Internationally-known writers with interviews and/or work in past issues include humorist and NPR/BBC personality David Sedaris, poet and 2009 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize winner Philip Gross, 2012 Dundee International Book Prize winner Jacob M. Appel, and former American Academy of Poets chancellor and poet Naomi Shihab Nye.

Amsterdam Quarterly has a writers group that is open to those who have been published in past issues of AQ. This group meets in Amsterdam on the third Sunday of the month (July and August excepted).

Amsterdam Quarterly Party/Reading 25 Jan. ABC, A’dam

Amsterdam Quarterly 2018 Yearbook Publication Party/Reading 25 Jan. ABC A’dam

Amsterdam Quarterly (AQ) will mark the publication of its eighth-annual, print-on-demand (POD) yearbook with a party and reading on Friday, 25 January 2019 from 6 to 7.40 p.m. at the American Book Center, Spui 12 in Amsterdam. AQ 2018 Yearbook writers Simon Brod, Amina Imzine, Bryan R. Monte, bart plantenga, and Pat Seman, as well as AQ Writers’ Group member Darya Danesh, shall read their work. Admission is free.

Amsterdam Quarterly Yearbooks 2011 to 2018

The AQ 2018 Yearbook includes poetry by 2017 Sow’s Ear Poetry contest winner, AKaiser and 2018 Keats-Shelley Prize winner Laurinda Lind, photography and art by Jury S. Judge, Dianne Kellogg, Jayne Marek, Peter E. Murphy and Bob Ward, and fiction by Carrie Callaghan and Susan Lloy, among others.

Amsterdam Quarterly was founded in 2011. Its mission is to publish, promote and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the rest of the world. AQ publishes art, articles, drama, essays, fiction, interviews, memoirs, photo essays, photography, poetry and reviews of local and international writers and artists.

AQ’s themes in 2018 were: Money (AQ21), Texture (AQ22), and Genealogy (AQ23). Themes for 2019 will be: Media (AQ24), Amsterdam (AQ25), and Borderlands (AQ26) with reading periods in January, April and July 2019 respectively.

AQ is published online in the spring, summer and autumn at www.amsterdamwquarterly.org and at amsterdamquarterly.nl and as a print-on-demand yearbook compilation in the winter. In addition, the AQ Writers Group meets on the third Sunday of the month from September to June in Amsterdam.

AQ Holds 7th Annual Yearbook Party/Reading

Amsterdam Quarterly Holds 7th Annual Yearbook Launch Party/Reading

Last Friday, 26 January, four Amsterdam and two Dutch-resident writers celebrated the launch of the Amsterdam Quarterly 2017 Yearbook with a party and reading at the American Book Center (ABC) in Amsterdam. The six readers included AQ 2017 Yearbook contributors Darya Danesh (AQ18) and Pat Seman (AQ20) as well as editor, Bryan R. Monte, and AQ Writers’ Group members Simon Brod, Amina Imzine and Sarah Kinebanian.

AQ 2017 Yearbook Launch Party Readers l. to r.: Simon Brod, Amina Imzine, Darya Danesh, Sarah Kinebanian, Pat Seman & Bryan R. Monte

Danesh, in her AQ debut, read several moving pieces about her cancer diagnosis and her treatment’s side effects. Seman read an excerpt from one of her Ukranian memoirs that have received reader responses from as far away as Moose Jaw, Canada. Monte read five poems from his series On the Level, about living with multiple sclerosis.

The audience enjoyed not only the readers and their work, but also drinks and nibbles during the launch party, which was free and open to the public. In addition, Maria, from the ABC, demonstrated the Espresso Book Machine that has printed and bound all seven of AQ’s yearbooks, the last of which, the AQ 2017 Yearbook, in full colour.

Amsterdam Quarterly is an international online and print literary magazine, which was founded in 2011. Its mission is to publish, promote and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the world. Notable past international contributors include Jacob M. Appel (US), Srinjay Chakravarti (India), Philip Gross (UK), Naomi Shihab Nye (US), David Sedaris (US/UK) and Joan Z. Shore (US/France), as well as local treasures Kate Foley and Philibert Schogt.

AQ publishes thrice yearly online in the spring, summer and autumn at www.amsterdamquarterly.org and amsterdamquarterly.nl and annually as a print-on-demand compilation anthology or yearbook. Since 2011, AQ has published work in eleven genres: art, articles, drama, essays, fiction, interviews, memoirs, photo essays, photography, poetry and art and book reviews. AQ’s next issue, AQ21—Money, will be published on 21 March 2018. The deadline for this issue’s reading period is 31 January 2018. Other 2018 issues include AQ22—Texture, reading period April 2018 and AQ23—Genealogy, reading period July 2018. Please check AQ’s submissions page for more information.

AQ also has a writers’ group which meets on the third Sunday monthly (except for July and August) in Amsterdam. Admission to the group is through publication in AQ or by submitting a seven to ten page audition manuscript of work in your genre to the editor.

Amsterdam Quarterly Party/Reading 26 Jan. ABC, A’dam

Amsterdam Quarterly Publication Party/Reading 26 Jan. ABC A’dam

Amsterdam Quarterly (AQ) will mark the publication of its seventh annual print-on-demand (POD) yearbook with a party and reading on Friday, 26 January 2018 from 6 to 7.45 p.m. at the American Book Center, Spui 12 in Amsterdam. AQ 2017 Yearbook writers Darya Danesh, Bryan R. Monte and Pat Seman, as well as AQ writers’ group members Simon Brod, Amina Imzine, and Sarah Kinebanian, shall read their work. Admission is free.

The AQ 2017 Yearbook includes interviews with former American Academy of Poets Chancellor Naomi Shihab Nye and Dundee International Book Prize and Black Lawrence Hudson Prize winner Jacob M. Appel. The AQ 2017 Yearbook also includes poetry by Nye, fiction by Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize winner, Srinjay Chakravarti, as well as digital images by Dianne Kellogg (including the yearbook’s cover image). The AQ 2017 Yearbook will also be the first yearbook with colour pages.

Amsterdam Quarterly was founded in 2011. Its mission is to publish, promote and comment on art and writing in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the rest of the world. AQ publishes art, articles, drama, essays, fiction, interviews, memoirs, photo essays, photography, poetry and reviews of local and international writers and artists.

AQ’s themes in 2017 were: Medicine (AQ18), Animals (AQ19), and Education (AQ20). Themes for 2018 will be: Money (AQ21), Texture (AQ22) and Genealogy (AQ23) with reading periods in January, April and July 2018 respectively.

AQ is published online in the spring, summer and autumn at www.amsterdamwquarterly.org and at amsterdamquarterly.nl and as a print-on-demand yearbook compilation in the winter. In addition, AQ has a writers group which meets on the third Sunday of the month from September to June in Amsterdam.

AQ 2018 Themes Announced; AQ Goes “All Oxford”

Amsterdam Quarterly’s 2018 themes for issues 21-23 were announced yesterday at the AQ Writers’ Group’s monthly meeting in Amsterdam. At the meeting, publisher/editor Bryan R. Monte also announced that Amsterdam Quarterly would go “all Oxford” in 2018 for both its dictionary and style manual. For issues 1-20, AQ had used the Oxford Dictionary and The Chicago Manual of Style. As of AQ21, AQ will continue to use the Oxford Dictionary and it will adopt the New Oxford Style Manual (2016).

AQ’s 2018 themes are as follows: AQ21, spring 2018, Money; AQ22, summer 2018, Texture; and AQ23, autumn 2018, Genealogy. Work in AQ’s eleven genres including art, articles, drama, essays, fiction, interviews memoirs, photo essays, photography, poetry and reviews for these three issues will be read during the months of January (AQ21-Money), April (AQ22-Texture) and July (AQ23-Genealogy) respectively. Work received at all other times will be returned as unread.

For AQ21-Money send work that explores how money, or the lack of it, is the root of all evil. Share through your work how money affects your life positively or negatively as a writer. For examples, how does paying the bills affect your life or the lives of your literary characters? More specifically, how do you or your characters feel about paying money to enter literary contests or to have literary presses read your work?

For AQ22-Texture, send work that varies stylistically from short, light verse to heavy, dark, stormy, long narratives and everything in between. Send narratives and images of dark doorways or sunlit passages, of things smooth or grainy, whose texture is as important as the telling of the story itself.

For AQ23-Genealogy, send pieces about your ancestors (relatives who are no longer alive and from whom you are descended). How did their struggles, aspirations, deeds, misdeeds and personalities influence the way you are today?

Just as last year, these three topics are very broad and AQ looks forward to reading your creative work related to these themes in the periods mentioned above. Whilst preparing your submissions, please note that AQ will as of AQ21 use the Oxford Dictionary’s preferred spelling instead of traditional spelling (for example, realize instead of realise). Please prepare your submissions with this new Oxford Dictionary spelling preference and Style Manual in mind.

Colour AQ 2014 & 2015 Yearbooks Displayed at ABC, A’dam

Colour AQ 2014 & 2015 Yearbooks Displayed in American Book Center Window, Amsterdam

Amsterdam Quarterly’s 2014 and 2015 Yearbooks are on display at American Book Center, Spui 12, in Amsterdam. This is to publicize the ABC’s new, colour, print-on-demand, book printer. Previously, all AQ yearbook pages were printed in black & white. Now with the ABC’s new printer, all AQ yearbook pages will be in colour. On display in the window are digital images by Yolanda V. Fundora and photographs by Dianne Kellogg. (See photos below).

AQ 2014 & 2015 Yearbooks on display, American Book Center, Amsterdam, June 2017.

Photography and art are two of the eleven categories in which AQ currently publishes work. The other nine include articles, drama, essays, fiction, interviews, memoirs, photo essays, poetry and reviews.

Left: Digital images by Yolanda V. Fundora from AQ 2014 Yearbook.
Right: Photographs by Dianne Kellogg from AQ 2015 Yearbook.

AQ was founded in 2011 to publish, promote and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the world. Its twentieth, online issue (AQ20), whose theme is education, will be published this autumn. The reading period for this issue is the month of July 2017. The AQ 2017 Yearbook, available to AQ 2017 contributing writers and artists, AQ monthly writers’ group members and AQ reading attendees only, will be published in December 2017.