Editor Interview: Dark Matter: Women Witnessing

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

A: ecofeminist all genres

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

A: Emergence
Storyhub
Kosmos
Orion
Hematopoesis

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

A: Linda Hogan
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Lidia Yuknavitch
Leslie Marmon Silko
Eve Ensler
Kathleen Dean Moore
Deena Metzger
Joanna Macy
Alice Walker

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

A: We publish writing and artwork by women created in response to an age of massive species loss and ecological collapse. We are especially interested in othered ways of knowing: e.g. dreams, visions, communications with the nonhuman world and with ancestors, especially those with messages for how we might begin to heal our broken relationship to the earth.

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

A: read material in back issues and submission guidelines so you know what we're looking for.

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

A: we require notes bridging to our mission and/or the issue's theme for both poetry and fiction

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

A: careful reading both by myself and my assistant editor, or in the case of poetry, by our poetry editor.

Q: How much do you edit an accepted piece prior to publication?

A: we generally provide substantive editing on every level and yes the author gets to approve the final edits.

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

A: yes