Something seriously magical occurred at 61 Local on Wednesday night. The inaugural reading series for The Atlas Review
, an as-yet unpublished literary journal (it’s expected in February), featured all of the elements a seasoned event could hope for: a packed house; young, strong talent (poet Justin Boening and writer/Brooklyn Magazine
contributor Catherine Lacey); a unique element (exquisite drawings based on the texts accompanied each reader); a dynamic “it” poet (Camille Rankine, in one of her three readings this past week); an engaged audience; and the candid, practiced elocution of star talent (Kathleen Ossip and Eileen Myles). Hosted by the gorgeous and effusive duo of Natalie Eilbert (cofounder/editor of The Atlas Review
) and poet/Atlas Review
reader/event coordinator Monica D’avila McClure, the night retained the comfort of an intimate and naïve DIY affair while tossing talent upon talent into the mix. If all of this sounds a bit gushy, it’s only because it left me giddy to have found a series more informal and encouraging than anything else 2012 has had to offer. Not to mention The Atlas Review
's stellar policy of blind submissions—despite making a few solicitations, all submissions come in sans an attributing author. Plus, the art...