On Thursday, 4 February 2016, Amsterdam Quarterly (AQ) celebrated its fifth anniversary (lustrum) at the Amsterdam Main Library’s (OBA) Theatre with a book launch and a reading. Headlining the event was Amsterdam novelist Philibert Schogt reading from his latest, bi-lingual novel End of Story/Einde verhaal. Other readers included poets Abra Bertman, Amina Imzine, Sarah Kinebanian, Bryan R. Monte and Pat Seman and fiction writer/memoirist Sharon Feigal. After the reading, the audience received signed copies of the AQ 2015 Yearbook.
Amsterdam Quarterly was founded in 2011 to publish, promote and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and the world. AQ publishes work in ten genres: art, articles, drama, essays, fiction, interviews, memoirs, photography, poetry and art and book reviews. It is published online in the spring, summer and autumn and as a print-on-demand compilation anthology in the winter. AQ’s past issues have included interviews with NPR/BBC celebrity humorist and writer David Sedaris and 2009 T.S. Eliot Poetry Award winner Philip Gross, and art by acclaimed visual artist Yolanda V. Fundora.
Amsterdam Quarterly also has a monthly writers’ group which meets the third Sunday of the month (September to June) in an Amsterdam Jordaan district café. Admission to the writers’ group is through publication in one of AQ’s issues or by sending an admission’s manuscript of seven to ten pages in your genre to firstname.lastname@example.org . (Please wait for written permission to join the group).