Editor Interview: Red Wolf Journal

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

A: Thematic poetry

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

A: visual verse

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

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. We also publish digital collections by single poets under our imprint, Red Wolf Editions.

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.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

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

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

A: They interpret the theme too literally. They write cliche stuff.

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.

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.

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

A: We have joint editors so we consult as need be.

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

A: We read and write poems at almost a quotidian pace. Poetry is blood. These days though, the blood may be curdling.

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

A: We are an online publishing platform. This means readers worldwide are able to download your poetry collections anytime, anywhere. They don't pay either. Which sucks but is probably good PR for your work.
Currently we do not do any print issues.

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.

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

A: Not so far. We might do so in the future.