QUILL (Queens in Love with Literature)

From 2010-2012 QUILL acted as a forum for Queens writers committed to developing and defining the creative field of translation, and offered audiences in Queens the opportunity not only to hear from authors working in their own neighborhood, but also perhaps in their own language.

QUILL received funding in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. For more information on literary resources in Queens, as well a list of local publishers click here.

2011/12 QUILL Artist Advisors

Luis Francia- Luis H. Francia is a poet, journalist, nonfiction writer, and professor. His semi autobiographical account of growing up in the Philippines, Eye of the Fish: A Personal Archipelago, won both the 2002 PEN Open Book and the 2002 Asian American Writers literary awards. His poetry books include The Beauty of Ghosts, The Arctic Archipelago and Museum of Absences. He is the author of Memories of Overdevelopment, a collection of essays, and A History of the Philippines: From Indios Bravos to Filipinos. He edited Brown River, White Ocean: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Philippine Literature in English, and co-edited Flippin’’: Filipinos on America, and Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899-1999.  He is included in the Library of America’’s Four Centuries of Immigrant Writing, and the poetry anthology Language for a New Century.  Francia is on the board of trustees of Kundiman Arts; he also teaches at New York University and Hunter College.

Panagiota Lilikaki- Panagiota Lilikaki is a native of Greece, where she was born and raised in the island of Crete. She earned her AA at LaGuardia Community College and her BA in English and secondary education at Queens College where she is currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting and Translation. Panagiota is currently working on Bed Monologues, a life journey, through bed lessons, of a young girl; and the translation from the Greek of Guess Who Discovered America? By Chrissysa Spilioti.  Her monologues have been a part of the Queens Stories radio show during the Summer Performing Arts Festival.

Richard Jeffrey Newman- Richard’s works include The Silence Of Men (CavanKerry Press, 2006), a book of his own poems, and the recently published The Teller of Tales (Junction Press 2011), a translation of selected stories from the Shahnameh, the Iranian national epic. Richard edited the special Iranian-literature issue of the online journal ArteEast Quarterly, It Deserves and Should Command Your Attention and served as Persian Arts Festival’s first Literary Arts Director. He co-curates a monthly Night of Persian Poetry at the Bowery Poetry Club and hosts the Jackson Heights Poetry Festival literary salons. He is Associate Professor of English at Nassau Community College in Garden City, New York. For more information, please visit his website, www.richardjnewman.com.



Translating from the Old World to the New: Literature and Music from Eastern Europe

Tuesday, April 24th 6:30-8:30pm
DaMikelle Restaurant, Forest Hills

Featured authors Anya Ulinich and Boris Fishman address the cultural and literal translation of Eastern European immigrants to America with excerpts from their forthcoming works; while Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys transform the traditional sounds of klezmer music into foot-stomping bluegrass tunes in a real-time transformation of the old world to the new.

Presented together with the Hevesi Jewish Library at the Central Queens Y

POESIA: Poe-SEE-ah, An Afternoon of Poetry and Visuals in Spanish and English

Saturday, February 11th 4-6pm
Queens Museum of Art
, Flushing

Featured author/translators Guillermo Filice Castro, Urayoan Noel and Elizabeth Torres present works and images in a multidisciplinary reading focusing on the translation of the visual world to the written word.

BODY OF WORK: A Creative Translation Event

A multi-disciplinary conversation on the nature of translation, interpretation and the dynamic relationship between words and flesh
Tuesday, October 11th, 6:30-8:30pm
Green Space Studio, Long Island City

Featuring 2011-12 QUILL Artist Advisor Committee members Luis Francia, Pangiota Lilikaki and Richard Jeffrey Newman in collaboration with local choreographers Jocelyn Alter, Mariana Bekerman and Keomi Tarver. Refreshments provided in part by Lagunitas Brewing Company. Watch artists discuss their experience of the event below:

Cairo Connections: One City, Many Voices

Authors and translations from the Middle East reflect on Cairo.
Saturday, June 18th, 3-5pm
Jerusalem Nights Restaurant and Cafe

Featured artists Ahmed Eissawi, Alice C. Hunsberger and Joyce Zonana with MC and QUILL artist advisor Roger Sedarat will present classical and contemporary texts with Cairo as a historical and contemporary focal point. In addition to these amazing authors and translators, QCA announces the winner of the 2011 QUILL Translation Award! Audiences can also enter the QCA raffle to win a Barnes & Noble Nook Color Reader Tablet and peruse wares by local publishing houses Feminist Press and Fractious Press.

Rami Nuseir, Mohammed Soliman, Ahmed Eissawi, Alice Hunsberger, Joyce Zonana, Tamer, Roger Sedarat and Richard Kuzhami at the June 18th QUILL event.

Borderless Borough: Translation and Transformation in Queens

QUILL presents authors from South and South East Asia
Sat April 16th, 3-5pm
NOVO Restaurant

Featured poets and Jackson Heights locals Luis Francia, Vikas Menon and Rajiv Mohabir address the themes of translation and transformation through the lens of culture, geography and literature; moderated by QUILL artist advisor Richard Jeffrey Newman. In addition to hearing the work of these great poets, audiences can enter the QCA raffle to win a Barnes & Noble NOOK ColorT Reader’s Tablet and peruse local publishing houses 2nd Ave Poetry, Archipelago Books, Cy Gist Press and Red Door Magazine.

Love Queens Style

QUILL Poetry Fair & QAX Mixer
February 17, 6:30-8:30pm
Bread Box Cafe

Queens in Love with Literature (QUILL) and Queens Art Express (QAX) present a Poetry Fair & Mixer at the Breadbox Cafe in Long Island City, Thu, Feb 17, 6:30-8:30pm. Featuring love poems from other languages, Love Queens Style features members of the QUILL artist advisory committee including Queens Poet Laureate, Paolo Javier as MC; readings by Susan Bernofsky, Richard Jeffrey Newman, and Roger Sedarat; raffle prizes; and a night of mixing among local authors, publishers and the greater Queens art community.

Hear the WNYC piece on Queens in Love with Literature, featuring readings from the 2/17 event! Click here to listen!

Word Feast

The first of three dynamic QUILL events in 2010-2011, featured Queens Poet Laureate, Paolo Javier, writers Dorothea Lasky and David Mills.
Thu, Oct 28, 2010, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Transilvania Café in Sunnyside

Word Feast was a celebration of language; featuring readings by the Queens Poet Laureate, Paolo Javier, writers Dorothea Lasky and David Mills; a talk-back session with the audience; and spirited Romanian music to round out the feast. Opening remarks were made by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. Word Feast marks the first of three dynamic Queens in Love with Literature (QUILL) events in 2010-2011 and is the debut event of the Queens Art Express (QAX) mixer series.

Letters to our Mothers

Saturday, June 12, 2010, 6pm
Jackson Diner, 37-47 74th St, Jackson Heights, NY

In Letters to our Mothers, five writers celebrate the multi-faceted voices of South Asian women in Queens and what it means to be heard across distance. This rare joint production curated by Adhikaar’s Executive Director Luna Ranjit, in collaboration with Queens Council on the Arts and The Asian American Writers’ Workshop, showcases readings by Asian American Literary Award and PEN/Amazon Award-winning fiction author Meera Nair and poets Arun Storrs and Amy T. Paul. Shardha and Megha Lama—theater members of Adhikaar’s Arts & Activism Program—will perform “I wish I could tell my Aama,” a theater piece incorporating dance and visual arts to tell bridge the difficult distances between mothers and daughters, asking “Aama did I ever tell you, I want to sing?”

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