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Editor Interview: FOLDER

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

A: One poet monthly.

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

A: 6x6, American Poetry Review, Birdfeast, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, Fence, inter|rupture, Kenyon Review, Maggy, No Dear, PANK, Paris-American, Phantom Limb, Plume, Prelude, Sixth Finch, Stonecutter, Threepenny Review, Tuesday, Witness.

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

A: Our contributors so far: Jeremy Allan Hawkins, Ethan Stebbins, Paul Killebrew, John Ashbery, Robert Fernandez, Gillian McCain, Jeffrey Grunthaner...

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

A: We house great works at our online home in perpetuity and will run in print yearly.
As the months get on, we hope to become a warm roster of arresting voices at their leisure gathered into a fold.

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

A: Please establish one email thread with us to be used for all communication ever.
Know that we only present twelve poets a year (which has quickly become ludicrous now that the submissions really come in): please continue to keep us abreast of your work, as that will be our means of knowing how we could place you.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: What would you submit to a gallery who wanted to mount a solo show of your work?

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

A: I'm happy to say I can't think of anything. Our submissions are generally enormously compelling - and force us to work right up against the constraints of our format.

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

A: We do enjoy cover letters.

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

A: I suspect as readers we all can begin to sense quite quickly whether or not we are captivated by a poem.

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

A: Reading. Rereading. Considering how/if the batch of work could be contextualized around neighboring issues.

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

A: Reading. Sending emails.

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

A: Well, yeah, electronic submissions all the way. One poet did ask to send us by mail - we were happy to receive - and that was fun too.