Mission

The mission of The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc. is to be the independent voice for all things poetry regardless of any concern other than the craft of the poem itself; to publish prominent and emerging writers; to create an awareness that the benefits of poetry are accessible to everyone; and to provide education and resources for all who want to write and read poetry.


Core Values

NYQ has been unique since its launch in 1969 and remains unique in the literary world today. In addition to being one of the few journals and presses that publishes only poetry, NYQ maintains that uniqueness by holding to the following core values:

1. Free Speech

We will not make any associations or editorial decisions that will limit our or our authors' right of free speech.

2. Editorial Voice

The uniqueness of The New York Quarterly Foundation's publications lies in the editorial voice established by William Packard. Without this unique voice, NYQ would devolve into just any other literary magazine or book publisher.

3. All Can Experience Poetry

Everyone can understand poetry. It is the mission of The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc. to bring the accessibility and enlightenment of poetry to a wider and more general audience. It is also the mission of The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc. to provide a venue for all poets to present their poetry based of the poet's religious affiliation, race/ethnicity, sex, class, nationality, age, education, school of thought, style of poem, etc.solely upon the craft of the poem itself, not upon the credentials of the poet regardless of the content, or of the poet's religious affiliation, race/ethnicity, sex, class, nationality, age, education, school of thought, style of poem, etc.

4. Education

The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc. believes that we need to educate all ages in the enjoyment and understanding of poetry. We feel that the "cryptoquote" mentality of understanding poetry taught in most secondary learning environments is wrong and should be countered. We think that the MFA programs do not go far enough in their education and strive to provide information to fill in those educational gaps. And we believe that most adults can be brought to an understanding and enjoyment of poetry and we strive to make this possible on a large scale.

5. Cultivate Social Consciousness

The New York Quarterly Foundation, Inc. strives to explore the juncture of society and poetry. NYQ holds that poetry is necessary to the advancement of society by advancing the consciousness of individuals and ultimately society as a whole.