QUEENSBOUND Poetry Project Launches New Edition in Five Languages, Including Nepali

Queensbound, the audio poetry project that celebrates the life of Queens, New York, launched its much-anticipated fourth edition on February 21, 2024.

This year’s edition features the work of 15 new poets, bringing the total number of contributors to 60. The poems in the latest release explore a wide range of themes, from the borough’s vibrant Hip Hop scene to the quiet beauty of Forest Park.

On March 2, 2024, at 5 PM, poets will gather on the 7 train for a celebratory train reading to launch the new edition, followed by a reception at Flushing Town Hall.

Since its inception in 2018, Queensbound has showcased the many communities of Queens through the words of poets writing poems by, for, and about the borough. This year’s edition includes poems presented in four languages other than English – Japanese, Nepali, Spanish, and Ukrainian – accompanied by their English translations.

The 2024 contributors include a blend of emerging and seasoned poets, such as allia abdullah-matta, Jared Beloff, Joe Gross, Nathalie Handal, Emily Hockaday, Dena Igusti, Olena Jennings, Catherine Kapphahn, Hiromi Kiba, Amy Lemmon, Rajan Maharjan, José Alfredo Menjivar, Enzo Silon Surin, Bruce Whitacre, and Micah Zevin.

“The QUEENSBOUND Poetry Project is a perfect example of how culture overflows from our diverse Queens communities,” said Shekar Krishnan, New York City Council Member, District 25. “From Spanish and Nepali to Japanese and Ukrainian, this collection of works is a fitting tribute to the World’s Borough, and I thank KC Trommer for creating this platform for Queens!”