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About NYQ

"The most important poetry magazine in America." ? Rolling Stone

Since its foundation in 1969 by Editor William Packard, The New York Quarterly has been devoted to excellence in the publication of a most eclectic cross-section of contemporary American poetry. Our only concern has been to focus on the craft and technique that underlies any and all effective poetry writing.

With the death of William Packard in November of 2002, Raymond Hammond stepped up to the plate and honored William Packard's written intentions by assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief. The struggle to maintain the magazine over the subsequent years has been as rewarding as much as challenging, but the magazine continues on course constantly striving to maintain the high bar of editorial voice established by William Packard.

During these thirty years, our NYQ Craft Interviews have presented the views of some of our most outstanding poets on the general subject of style and prosody and technique? poets as diverse as W. H. Auden, Anne Sexton, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, James Dickey, Muriel Rukeyser, W. D. Snodgrass, Charles Bukowski, and many others. Many of these craft interviews are gathered together in The Poet's Craft: Interviews from The New York Quarterly, a resource used frequently in classrooms and poetry workshops.

Also during these thirty years, our NYQ editorials have ranged over controversial areas such as the prescription medication and drug cultures, the publishing conglomerates in America, the pitfalls and scams in doing poetry readings and/or attending poetry workshops and the various graduate writing programs, and the never-ending pursuit of the pure process of poetry writing.

But of course, the most important single feature in any NYQ issue is the poetry itself. Past issues of NYQ have featured the work of such poets as Karl Shapiro, Macdonald Carey, Amira Baraka, Richard Eberhart, Jayne Lyn Stahl, Michael McClure, Lyn Lifshin and Charles Bukowski, all published side by side with a whole host of younger and lesser known poets who are writing today. Visit our NYQ Poets section to learn more about the diversity of poets publishing in The New York Quarterly.

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