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Editor Interview: Cacti Fur: a poetry high ground

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

A: From the ebony tower

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

A: We admire all chapbook presses, like Night ballet Press and Grandma Moses Press. Beatlick Press are probably our biggest heroes due to the longevity of their operation. We like Rolling Stone pretty good especially when it covers the Grateful Dead.

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

A: We love women poets! We love minority poets! We are ashamed of all the dead white men in our collection, but James Tate and Rimbaud are pretty damn cool.

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

A: We are not all cocked out. We are not associated with academia.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Left justify all lines. Proofread. Be funny. Be dark. Put your objects in literal and symbolic motion.

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

A: They don't put their poems in the body of the email.

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

A: A paragraph or so. Personal stuff is better than a list of publications. It's actually a good idea to include your bio at the end of your submission to do away with any preconceived notions.

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

A: Mostly we get poetry submissions. I can tell usually halfway through if we are going to take it. We like narrative and we like concrete objects that are present in a meaningful way.

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

A: We are not thrilled if there are lots of typos.

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

A: We do it for you. All of this is for you.

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

A: Poetry no matter how it is let out is good. We like poems on paper and we like poems on screens. We just like poems.