Since its founding in 1969 by William Packard, The New York Quarterly has been devoted to excellence in the publication of a unique and fervent cross-section of contemporary American poetry regardless of school of thought, style, or genre. Our only concern is to focus on the craft that underlies effective poetry writing. The New York Quarterly features works by both known and emerging poets. The NYQ Craft Interviews present the views of some of our most outstanding poets on the general subjects of style, prosody and technique. The issues are rounded out with an essay or two on the subject of contemporary American poetry that is both accessible and meaningful to readers, poets, students, and teachers of poetry alike. NYQ 17 features a craft interview with Diane Wakoski; an editorial regarding NYQ classified ads; an essay, "The Poet as Editor: Thomas Lask," by John Briggs; photos of Harris, Halpern, Benedict, Mundell, Lax, and Adam; and poetry by John Hall Wheelock, Josephine Jacobsen, William Meredith, Kay Boyle, Richard Hugo, A. R. Ammons, Erica Jong, David Galler, James Lewisohn, Jackson Mac Low, Marc Tretin, Eli Siegel, Anne Marx, Joan Shapiro, Jesse Stuart, John Marberry, Charles Bukowski, Diana Chang, Dorsha Hayes, Diane Levenberg, Tony Towle, Norman Rosten, Lewis Turco, Anna Adams, George Behrman, Will Inman, Joel Lawrence, Diane Raintree, Walter James Miller, Vassar Miller, Jean Balderston, David Shapiro, Charles Haseloff, and Douglas Lawder.