Last week, Guernica collaborated with Park Lit to hold a reading in Manhattan’s Union Square Park. The weather was perfect, the event was well attended, and the readers were top-notch. Here are some photos from the event:
The reading was held in the middle of one of New York’s most lively parks.
Guernica senior editor and fiction editor Meakin Armstrong began the reading with an introduction.
Alexander Chee began the reading with a steamy short story that he’s recently been working on. Chee’s essays and stories have appeared in Guernica, Mentors, Muses and Monsters, The Man I Might Become, Loss Within Loss, Men On Men 2000, His 3 and Boys Like Us. He has published one novel with a second, The Queen of the Night, due out in 2011 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The Nation’s Joshua Kors was next. He read his shocking article “Disposable Soldiers”. Kors is an investigative reporter for The Nation who has earned national attention for his coverage of military and veterans’ issues. His work has also been featured in the anthology The Best American Magazine Writing 2008. Kors is the winner of the National Magazine Award, George Polk Award, and IRE Award, among others.
Terese Svoboda wrapped up the reading with a few poems from her many collections. They were poignant and steeped in wordplay. Svoboda was Guernica’s fiction guest editor in May 2006. Her poems have appeared in Guernica, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. She has published five poetry collections, four novels, and the memoir Black Glasses Like Clark Kent, which won the 2007 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize.
Check out more photos of our reading at Union Square at Guernica’s Facebook page.