Forgotten Borough: Writers Come to Terms with Queens


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Excelsior Editions/State University of New Yo
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5.74 X 0.76 X 8.77 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Nicole Steinberg is an editor at large at LIT magazine, and her poetry has appeared in publications such as No Tell Motel, BOMB, Gulf Coast, Barrow Street, Barrelhouse, and Coconut. She is the author of the chapbook Birds of Tokyo and founder and curator of Earshot, a Brooklyn-based reading series dedicated to emerging writers. She hails from all over Queens and currently lives in Philadelphia, where she works at The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.


"Forgotten Borough, represents the strength of the literary community not just of Queens, but of all of New York. It's a great collection jam-packed with stories, essays, and poetry by an array of authors who all merit further attention." -- Verbicide Magazine

"...a welcome collection of essays and other pieces ... You don't have to be from Queens to like it. Not if you care for writers like Julia Alvarez, Jill Eisenstadt, and Victor LaValle, among many other contributors." -- Red Weather Review

"...[Steinberg] has compiled an anthology that reflects her experience growing up in the borough and being viewed as an outsider in New York City." -- New York Daily News

"This collection brings Queens to life; it shows the underbelly of New York, the place of the nitty gritty. Most of these stories work, they help bring this unknowable region alive ... Hopefully this will help bring Queens out from the shadows." -- San Francisco Book Review

"Unlike many theme-centered anthologies, which may grow repetitive or feel forced, Steinberg's selections are entertaining and varied enough so that there truly is something for everyone--even for the Queens novice." -- Queens Chronicle

"...more than two dozen stories, poems and even Queens-themed haikus take a reader on a cultural tour of the borough, stopping in neighborhoods from Astoria to the Rockaway Peninsula, giving readers a thorough taste of the densely populated piece of land they might only know for being what's outside their vehicle's windows when they're stuck in traffic." -- Queens Tribune

"Though Queens has been home to many great writers--including the father of American poetry Walt Whitman, Beat pioneer Jack Kerouac, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Alan Dugan, two-fisted journalist Jimmy Breslin, singer-songwriter Paul Simon, rap legend LL Cool J, and renowned novelist Mary Gordon--it rarely comes to mind as a breeding ground for major literary talent. Nicole Steinberg's first-rate book should go a long way toward rectifying that situation. A terrific read, it makes a powerful case for this long-overlooked borough as a place of remarkable artistic richness and vitality." --Kimiko Hahn, author of Toxic Flora: Poems