November 5th, 2019.
Curlew Quarterly – Issue No. 7 – Autumn 2019 – Rescheduled Launch Reading: November 14th, 2019 at 7:00pm at Housing Works Bookstore and Café, 126 Crosby Street.
I am sitting at a desk at 333 Hudson Street, Suite 303. We're across the street from the Children's Museum of the Arts; and the window in here looks out over Charlton Street.
Last week I failed to deliver a Quarterly as promised. To the friends and family members of contributors who were planning to read that evening, and to our contributors, I offer my apologies once more.
On September 19th I wrote that Curlew would be leaving Dumbo, and that we were bound for a destination unknown. Now that we’ve arrived, and I am sitting at a desk in here, with enough quiet and calm to write you from Hudson Square, my first thought is a lament.
Already there exists a part of me that misses Dumbo; the Kongo; the view and company and shared creative energies from Suite 904, the girth and industrial-feel of 68 Jay Street; lunch at Jimi’s; the sound of trains being pulled across the Manhattan Bridge; that feeling I used to get while walking down toward the water from York and Jay; and the four years worth of memories that I created and shared there.
With that said, I am knowing and trusting that the efforts that it took to move from Brooklyn to Manhattan have been worthwhile, and that the diversity of uses and prices between condos and co-ops and rental properties in Manhattan will offer better opportunities for the real estate arm of our journal.
Having made the move, I’ve gained a greater feel and understanding for why literary journals fold, and why the two-year mark is a critical time for any endeavor that has merit.
In all honesty, I did not leave Dumbo triumphantly. There were expenses that were adding up and streams of income that I had relied upon that slowed down or reached a complete halt by the time August reached September.
To work without an office for the balance of August, September, and October and to also pull together Issue No. 7 – Autumn 2019 was a bear; a test of my belief in this journal and our mission and purpose –––– to create writing residencies in New York, NY –––– which hit me at a level that I’ve never encountered before.
Issue No. 1 was an eight-month journey from the formation of the idea to the launch on August 10th, 2017 at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop, an afternoon and evening that I will never forget. The momentum and energy and support of our subscribers and the work and stories of our contributors carried us through six more issues, which spanned over two years.
I thought we’d celebrate our two-year anniversary with a launch reading in August, which was then pushed into September, which was then pushed to the very end of October; and up until last Wednesday afternoon, it looked as though we’d make it; however, I failed to observe an important shipping detail, and we missed the mark. In short, I hurried the process; and had to learn once more that haste makes waste.
Despite everything, with a renewed and deepened sense of gratitude, personally, I have stabilized once more. And as a Quarterly and real estate company, Curlew has a home once more, and Issue No. 7 – Autumn 2019 is ready, and we will have printed copies available for the rescheduled reading at Housing Works Bookstore (126 Crosby Street) on November 14th, 2019 at 7:00pm. Of course, we would love to see you there.
Lastly, two additional updates:
(1) I would like to share an interview I recently gave for Authority Magazine, which was photographed by Adrian Moens: From Avocation to Vocation: How I Turned My Hobby into a Career with Isaac Myers III of Curlew Quarterly, an interview with Phil La Duke; and
(2) Over the summer, we began putting together posts each day, and began calling the collection our Curlew Daily. If you have ideas for contributions ––– short and impactful written dispatches and/or photographs; by all means, we would love to read your work, and could use your help in keeping the Daily alive and interesting and fresh.
All of our best,
All of my best,
Isaac Myers III