Literary magazine aficionados, myself included, will meet up in the DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room at HSSL as Periodically Speaking returns on Tuesday, October 14th. It’s a thrill to begin our 4th season hosting the series, which aims to connect editors, writers, readers, librarians, and lovers of literature & lit mags with each other, and the Library’s one-of-a-kind collection. Each evening highlights three periodicals, with editors of each introducing an emerging writer. The cool thing to me about Periodically Speaking is that not only do you get to hear some wonderful new literary voices and editor’s talk about their journals (which I love!) but that it happens in an incredibly beautiful public space – the Periodicals Room. Don’t miss it and stay afterward for the reception!
First up is Slice Magazine - in this new Brooklyn based journal, editors Maria Gagliano and Celia Johnson create dialogue between emerging and established writers. A new issue just out (# 3) titled “In translation”, includes interviews with Salman Rusdie and Kathryn Harrison and a story by Patricia Engel, an exciting (and emerging) young writer and a Periodically Speaking alum! Celia and Maria will introduce fiction writer William Giraldi. Inkwell Journal focuses on publishing emerging writers and sponsors yearly competitions in fiction & poetry. It comes out twice a year from Manhattanville College. Editor Autumn Kindelspire will introduce poet Eugenie Juliet Theall. And last (but most certainly not least) is Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. This is the leading journal publishing Latin American writing in translation, was founded in 1968 and has published a who’s who of Latin American writers – Mario Vargas Llosa, Alejo Carpentier and Gabriel Garcia Marquez among them. Editor Daniel Shapiro will introduce the nonfiction writer Araceli Tinajero.