Editor Interview: Red Wolf Journal

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Thematic poetry

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Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: Pank

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Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?

A: Mark Doty
Li Young Lee
Jane Hirshfield

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Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

A: We have a sister site, Red Wolf Poems (http://redwolfpoems.wordpress.com/), which provides ad hoc writing prompts. Our prompts may be used as inspiration for the current thematic issue. We believe new poems emerge as continuing acts of improvisation.

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Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?

A: You need to mythologize the everyday.

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Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: It speaks truth, shows heart while letting language play.

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Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?

A: They interpret the theme too literally.

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Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?

A: We require bios. Lists of previous publications should be kept short.

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Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?

A: We read the whole piece.

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Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?

A: We have joint editors so both need to agree before acceptance.

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Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?

A: We read and write poems at almost a daily pace.

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Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

A: We are an online publishing platform. It trumps print because the issue is made easily accessible and does not require traditional, costly distribution networks.

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Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: If we spot any minor slip-ups we'd let the poet know.

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Q: Do you nominate work you've published for any national or international awards?

A: Not so far.

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