Amsterdam Quarterly Celebrates Its Twaalf en Half Lustrum

[AMSTERDAM] On Sunday, 19 November 2023, Amsterdam Quarterly celebrated its Dutch twaalf en half lustrum (twelfth and one half year anniversary) virtually during its monthly writers’ group meeting. (Dutch tradition is that the twelfth and one half, twenty-fifth, fiftieth, and every tenth anniversary thereafter are officially celebrated.) AQ writers ‘present’ for this celebratory meeting included Darya Danesh, bart plantenga, and Pat Seman in Amsterdam, Bryan R. Monte in Utrecht, and Simon Brod, Down Under in the future.

From above left clockwise and then below are AQ Writers’ Group members Bryan R. Monte, bart plantenga, Darya Danesh, Pat Seman and Simon Brod.

     They’ve had much to celebrate in the past 12.5 years including 38 online issues of their tri-annual, online literary magazine, (every spring, summer, and autumn), along with eleven printed issues of the annual Amsterdam Quarterly Yearbook (each winter) including the work of authors and artists in twelve genres in six continents, making AQ a truly international publication.
     During this time, AQ has interviewed 16 distinguished writers. Some of these interviewees have included internationally-known poets and writers such as: former American Academy of Poets Chancellor and multi-award winning writer, editor, and educator Naomi Shihab Nye; NPR personality and Louisiana State University MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English emeritus, Andrei Codrescu; NPR and BBC personality and humorist David Sedaris; 2009 T. S. Eliot Poetry Prize winner Philip Gross; 2000 National Book Award finalist poet, writer, and editor Kim Addonizio; poet, editor, and academic David Trinidad; CBS News Paris correspondent and author Joan Z. Shore; physician, bioethicist, 2012 Dundee International Book Award winner and author of Who Says You’re Dead?, Jacob M. Appel; and award-winning Amsterdam novelist Philibert Schogt and poet Kate Foley.
     AQ’s Writers Group was founded in April 2012, and meets on the third Sunday of the month. (July and August excepted). Due to the Covid pandemic, the group’s physical meetings, at cafes and bookstores, went virtual in March 2020, and the group has continued to meet that way.
     In the past twelve and one half years, AQ has also published work in six languages other than English including Asturian (AQ28 & AQ33), Dutch (AQ8, AQ10, AQ12, AQ15, AQ16, and AQ17), Italian (AQ23), Romanian (AQ3), Spanish (AQ4), and Turkish (AQ3), with English translations below or on facing pages.
     Next, AQ will celebrate the publication of its thirteenth yearbook on Friday, 9 February 2024 from 4 to 6 p. m. with a book party and reading at the American Book Store, Spui 12, in Amsterdam. Come and hear some of AQ’s writers. All are welcome. AQ