‘Every ending is a faux-ending; a red herring. Even death is a red herring.’
Andrei Codrescu from an interview about Wall and Curtains
Welcome to Amsterdam Quarterly’s original website. AQ was founded in April 2011 and its goal is to publish, promote, and comment on writing and art in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the world. We hope you enjoy reading the work selected for this thirty-third issue (AQ33) and we look forward to your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or submissions at email@example.com. Please see the submissions page for the change in compensation to artists and writers for their work starting with AQ33 (spring 2022).
AQ33’s theme is Flight. Its work explores the worlds of travel and travail, both literally and figuratively, through art, essays, fiction, interview, memoir, photography, poetry, and reviews about subjects such as air travel via aeroplanes and balloons, the flight of birds and war refugees, the physics of celestial flight, flights of fancy, etc.
AQ’s next themes for 2022 are as follows: AQ34 (summer 2022) Holidays and AQ35 (autumn 2022) City and/or Country. For AQ 34, send work inspired by your personal holiday/vacation experiences, or about a country’s unique customs and/or holidays. For AQ35, submit work about city and/or country life including new hybrid situations such as urban farming on city rooftops and working on rural wind or solar farms.
Amsterdam Quarterly’s thirty-third issue about Flight brought in work in eight different genres: art, essay, fiction, interview, memoir, photography, poetry, and review. Headlining this issue is an interview with internationally-award winning writer and NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu about his new podcast series Walls and Curtains. There is fiction by Rosalind Goldsmith and Carlo Rey Lacsamana, essays by Susan E. Lloy and Lisa Rosenberg, a memoir by Karen Lethlean, photography by AKaiser and Bob Ward, and art by Edward Michael Supranowicz depicting various kinds of flight, both physical and psychological.
As usual, there is an embarrassment of riches related to poetry by AKaiser, Matthew Brennan, Simon Brod, Agnieszka Filipik, Jennifer L. Freed, Amlanjyoti Goswami, Gene Groves, Doryn Herbst, Lance Larsen, Bryan R. Monte, Lisa Rosenberg, Xe M. Sànchez, Anna Saunders, and Bob Ward. In addition, there is a review of the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum’s exhibition Everyday, someday and other stories and a review of Jennifer L. Freed’s new poetry book When Light Shifts.