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Periodically Speaking:Literary Magazine Editors Introduce Emerging Writers at The New York Public Library


New York, NY—The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses [clmp] and The New York Public Library present Periodically Speaking, a reading series providing a major venue for emerging writers to present their work while emphasizing the diversity of America’s literary magazines and the magazine collections of The New York Public Library. Each event presents writers from three influential literary magazines—one poet, one fiction writer, one nonfiction writer—introduced by their editors.

Program III
Tuesday, December 8th, 6 – 7:30 pm
DeWitt Wallace Periodical Room, The New York Public Library,
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd
(Please use Fifth Avenue entrance; admittance is free)

Five Points

Five Points is named after an area of downtown Atlanta where cattle paths once converged at the site of an artesian well. The name offers a metaphor for Five Point’s goal of presenting a convergence of ideas and genres, photograph and text, north and south, east and west, young and old. With no limitations on style or content, Five Point’s only criterion is excellence.

Editor Megan Sexton introduces fiction writer Celia Dovell Bell.


Epoch is an internationally distributed magazine of contemporary literature published by Cornell University. The magazine has been in continuous publication for 62 years and is edited by Michael Koch and the faculty and graduate students in the Department of English Program in Creative Writing at Cornell. Epoch is an open forum for fiction, poetry, and essays; submissions are welcome from September through May of each year.

Editor Edward Hower introduces the nonfiction of writer John Crutchfield.

West Branch

Founded in 1977 and published at Bucknell’s Stadler Center for Poetry, West Branch has earned a reputation for excellence and integrity in its semiannual offering of poetry, fiction, essays and reviews. Respected by readers and writers alike for its high literary standards, West Branch takes pride in its truly broad aesthetic and its strong commitment to emerging voices.

Editor Andrew Ciotola introduces poet Matthew Ladd.

Periodically Speaking resumes in Spring with three more great programs. Join our mailing list for updates on the full schedule. Listen to programs past at; for more information, visit

This series is made possible in part by support from the New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency; the new york city Department of Cultural Affairs; the National Endowment for the Arts; The New York Public Library; and Friends of [clmp], a diverse group of individuals committed to supporting independent literary publishing.