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Editor Interview: diode poetry journal

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

A: Astonishment

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

Alehouse Press
Asheville Poetry Review
Black Ocean
Blood Orange Review
Blood Pudding Press
Born Magazine
Cooper Dillon Books
Corollary Press
C&R Press
The Cortland Review
dear camera
Drunken Boat
Eclectica Magazine
dancing girl press & studio
Finishing Line Press
Five Points
Gentle Strength Quarterly
The Gettysburg Review
Iodine Poetry Journal
The Iowa Review
The Joe Milford Poetry Show
Many Mountains Moving
Mississippi Review
NOÖ Journal
Octopus Magazine
The Offending Adam
Oyster Boy Review
The Paris Review
“Peek Thru the Pines”
The Poetics List
Poetry Daily
Poetry Southeast
Prairie Schooner
Salt River Review
Seven Kitchens Press
Side B Magazine
Sixth Finch
Smartish Pace
32 Poems
Typo Magazine
wicked alice
Word For/ Word
Letter Machine Editions
The Georgia Review
Tupelo Press
Bloof Books
Greying Ghost

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

Kelli Russell Agodon
Abayomi Animashaun
Amanda Auchter
Tara Bray
J. P. Dancing Bear
Gregory Donovan
Jehanne Dubrow
Justin Evans
M. Ayodele Heath
Bob Hicok
Donora Hillard
Subhashini Kaligotla
T. R. Hummer
Ami Kaye
Jon Pineda
Kristy Bowen
Traci Brimhall
Brynn Saito
Victoria Chang
John Chávez
Noah Falck
Paul Hostovsky
Anna Journey
Therese Mattil
Gary L. McDowell
Nils Michals
George Moore
Nimah Nawwab
Richard Jeffrey Newman
Karen Schubert
Reynaldo Sietecase, trans. Mariela Méndez
& Daniel Coudriet
Mathias Svalina
Jen Tynes
Joshua Ware
Jesse Lee Kercheval
Jason Koo
Clay Matthews
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
Cheryl Pallant
Steven Reese
Paisley Rekdal
Stefi Weisburd
Susan Settlemyre Williams
David Wojahn
Joseph P. Wood
Shurooq Amin
Rae Armantrout
Cynthia Arrieu-King
Andrea Cohen
Adam Fieled
Arpine Konyalian Grenier
Mihail Galatanu, trans. Adam J. Sorkin
and Petru Iamandi
Lesley Jenike
Christine Klocek-Lim
Rustin Larson
Jeffrey Ethan Lee
Bobbi Lurie
Rob MacDonald
Erika Meitner
Simon Perchik
Catherine Pierce
Nate Pritts
Doug Ramspeck
Susan Rich
Steven D. Schroeder
Ravi Shankar
Franz Wright
Craig Beaven
Mary Biddinger
Kara Candito
Bruce Cohen
Lewis Robert Colon Jr.
Juliet Cook
J. P. Dancing Bear
Neil de la Flor, Maureen Seaton, and
Kristine Snodgrass
Oliver de la Paz
Heather Derr-Smith
Alex Dimitrov
Susan Elbe
Roselyn Elliott
Brent Goodman
Sean Patrick Hill
Ada Limón
Sandy Longhorn
Sabrina Orah Mark
Nick Martinez
Clay Matthews
River Montijo
Amy Newman
John Pursley III
Patty Seyburn
Jay Snodgrass
Elisabeth Workman
Theodore Worozbyt

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

A: The range and diversity of the writing we offer sets us apart from other journals. We're also the only online poetry journal edited by an American poet living in Doha, Qatar.

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

A: Read the journal before submitting. Follow the guidelines. Send your best work.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Any submission that contains poems that sting like the slap of cold air on my cheek.

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

A: The most common mistakes are: no cover letter, too many poems, and forgetting to attach the poems.

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

A: I would like to know previous publication credits.

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

A: I read every poem, in full.

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

A: I am the sole reader for diode. I read every submission and am solely responsible for selecting content.

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

A: Busy. I try to keep my response time under 45 days so I try to read submissions every day, even if I can only read 1 or 2. Once of week I spend at least half a day reading submissions.

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

A: Very. We exist because of modern technology. We live online and our most visible promotional presence is on social network sites.