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Editor Interview: rivulet

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

A: Art! within interstices!

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

A: Apogee, baest journal, Anomaly, Guernica, LA VAGUE, the Offing, Ignota Books, clinic, Kaya Press, Tia Chucha Press, Tiny Splendor, Kenning Editions, New Directions, Wave Books, Poor Claudia <3

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

A: We love all the writers and artists we have published. Those whom we have not published and love include (but are certainly not limited to): Will Alexander, Saidiya Hartman, Douglas Kearney, CAConrad, Jeet Thayil, E. J. Koh, Cristina Rivera Garza, Dolores Dorantes, Eka Kurniawan, Clarice Lispector, Anne Carson, W. G. Sebald, Anne Boyer, Audre Lorde, Eliot Weinberger, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge; Rafa Esparza, Beatriz Cortez, Rihan Yeh, Chitra Ganesh, Tourmaline, Andrea Chung, Chris Ofili, Andrei Tarkovsky, Agnes Martin.

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

A: rivulet fosters a space for artwork that doesn't rest comfortably in any one idiom. What sets us apart is our willingness to curate work that openly engages with its multivalency. Each issue exists as a colliding, emerging, rhizomatic dialogue in which pieces exchange value and build in one another's presence. rivulet offers a nonhierarchical field for artwork such that the spaces between discrete pieces shift, grow, and resonate.

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

A: Read past issues and include an artist's statement. We only consider work from artists who self-reflect and are willing to dive into conversation with us about what informs and guides their processes.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: J: Humane. Curious. Attentive.
T: "I don't have to know what I'm seeing, but I have to see it very clearly." – D. Nurkse

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

A: The first mistake when submitting to rivulet is not including an artist's statement. Also, it should be said that we are not interested in poetry that's done for the sake of having written a poem.

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

A: We're interested in the thoughts and context surrounding your piece. We're less interested in where you have published in the past.

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

A: We take great time and care with submissions. To that effect, we will occasionally reach with contextual or formal questions, to offer edits, or to invite additional dimensions (in past editions, such additions have emerged as audio recordings, visuals, video).

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

A: We hope to in the near future.