Bernard Schwartz, 92Y Poetry Center, and Andrew Proctor, Literary Arts
Welcome to Late Night Conversation. In this week’s double-feature episode, Paul’s guests are Bernard Schwartz, director of the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center, and Andrew Proctor, executive director of Literary Arts.
In 2014, the 92Y Poetry Center celebrates its 75th anniversary and Literary Arts celebrates its 30th anniversary. Tune in to learn about the history and evolution of both organizations through engaging insights and stories from the directors.
East meets west in this tale of two literary arts organizations . . .
“When the writers of today grace that stage, they know its history and they appreciate its history. Even today with readings going on all over the place, I think there are certain distinguishing characteristics about the Poetry Center, and I’m very proud of that.” – Bernard Schwartz
“One of the core values of the organization is the idea that as a community, whether you have dollars to spend on cultural activities or whether you don’t, whether you’re a kid or whether you’re on social security . . . we experience culture together.” – Andrew Proctor
Listen here . . .
About our guests:
Bernard Schwartz has served as director of the 92nd Street Y’s Unterberg Poetry Center since 2007.
Andrew Proctor: Prior to becoming Literary Arts Executive Director in March 2009, Andrew was membership and operations director for PEN American Center, an association of writers working to advance literature, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship. Prior to his work at PEN, Proctor worked as an associate editor with HarperCollins Publishers. Proctor received an MA in English from the University of East Anglia (UK).