Join us as we celebrate the launch of the inaugural issue of Curlew Quarterly, a magazine that celebrates the lives, homes, and work of poets, writers, and distinct professionals living in New York City. Its quarterly journal pairs distinguished prose, poetry, and fiction with intimate photographs and interviews.
This launch party will feature readings by Isaac Myers III (the magazine's founder and editor), Alison Rodriguez, Jason Koo, Sean Damlos-Mitchell, Andrew Jimenez, and Ben Janse.
Over the last three years Isaac Myers III has worked as a residential real estate broker for a company that he founded, Curlew New York, which is based in Dumbo. Last fall he decided to create Curlew Quarterly, a literary and photo journal that celebrates the lives, homes, and work of poets, writers, and distinct professionals living in New York City. When Isaac isn't serving as the Principal Broker for Curlew New York, he is either working as an attorney within the foreclosure defense realm, putting the finishing touches on his first collection of poems and prose pauses, The Maturation of the Romantic Heart and Mind, or running somewhere as fast as he can ––– while still considering the distance that he has decided to cover ––– around the City of New York. He holds an M.F.A in poetry from the New School and lives in Brooklyn.
Alison Rodriguez is a writer, humorist and tickler who lives with her beloved husband, adored son and neglected hounds in Park Slope. When she is not crafting essays on the adventure of moving to New York City, she can be found writing on a myriad of topics, including all the things she wished she knew before she had a (very awesome) kid (coming soon in paperback). Alison is an avid napper and strong advocate for the chocolate and coffee industries. You can follow her on Twitter @gustyair, where she will not tweet.
Named one of the "100 Most Influential People in Brooklyn Culture" by Brooklyn Magazine, Jason Koo was born in New York City and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of More Than Mere Light (Prelude Books, forthcoming 2018), America's Favorite Poem (C&R Press, 2014) and Man on Extremely Small Island (C&R Press, 2009), winner of the De Novo Poetry Prize and the Asian American Writers' Workshop Members' Choice Award for the best Asian American book of 2009. Coeditor of the Brooklyn Poets Anthology, he also served as one of the editors of Bettering American Poetry 2015 and the editor of Poems for Kobe, a private limited edition of poems presented as a retirement gift to Kobe Bryant by the Brooklyn Nets and Brooklyn Poets. He has published his poetry and prose in the American Scholar, Missouri Review, Village Voice and Yale Review, among other places, and won fellowships for his work from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center and New York State Writers Institute. He earned his BA in English from Yale, his MFA in creative writing from the University of Houston and his PhD in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri–Columbia. An assistant teaching professor of English at Quinnipiac University, Koo has also taught writing at NYU and Lehman College–CUNY, where he served as the director of the graduate program in English, and as a senior writer-in-residence for Writers in the Schools. He is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and creator of the Bridge. He lives in Brooklyn.
Sean M. Damlos-Mitchell studied poetry at The New School and they gave him an MFA for it. He has previously published poems in Sink Review, Whole Beast Rag, Poem Tiger, The Mackinac, & Hot Street. Additionally, he is the author of SINCERELY SPACEMAN, a chapbook by The New Megaphone. Sean grew up in Arizona but currently lives in Brooklyn with all the other poets.
Andrew Jimenez is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. His nonfiction work has appeared in The Paris Review Daily, Luna Luna, and F(r)iction. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School and is currently working on a novel about the early life of Abraham Lincoln. Follow him on Twitter @o0oo00o0o.
Ben Janse’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Granta, Pif Magazine, F(r)iction and others.He completed a masters in Creative Writing at The New School in 2013 and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn with his poison dart frogs.
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