#NewsFlash | The Queensbound Collective Releases A New Poetry Project
BY QEDC It's In Queens
April is National Poetry Month, and the collaborative project Queensbound is celebrating with – what else? – the release of an audio poetry project.
Entitled “Queensbound 2021,” the new publication features 44 wordsmiths, including 12 new members, who got inspiration from the borough’s diversity, while also reflecting on the COVID pandemic.
The verses involve Rockaway beaches, Astoria coffee shops, quiet skies above JFK Airport, and bustling streets of Jackson Heights as they fill again with language and carts piled with mango slices in Ziplocks. Plus, this year’s edition includes Queensbound’s first published poem in a language other than English, thanks to Shams A. Momin’s Queens, which is recorded in Bengali and English.
Here’s a sample:
Other contributors include Noelle de la Paz, Matthew Hittinger, Marcia B. Loughran, Jimena Lucero, Nadia Misir, Richard Jeffrey Newman, and Bino A. Realuyo.
Click here for a free SoundCloud Playlist.
Founded by KC Trommer, Queensbound broke onto the scene on Nov. 3, 2018, when participants gathered on the 7 train’s Queens-bound platform at the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue stop at 2 pm. Some of those present then read poems out loud as the group rode eastward to Flushing. They got off at the Mets-Willets Point station and walked to Queens Museum for a reception.