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Editor Interview: Kissing Dynamite: A Journal of Poetry

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

A: Explosive poems!

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

A: We keep our issues small with the intention that readers digest a whole issue in one sitting. Issues are curated so that the poems all "speak" to each other, offering varying facets of a singular issue.

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

A: Believe in your work and follow the submission guidelines!

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: An ideal submission includes a brief greeting, a little about the writer, and a poem as a Word/PDF attachment. We like poems that challenge our sensibilities, but not ones that espouse bigotry.

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

A: Sometimes submitters send us more than one poem. We only read one poem per writer in a submission cycle.

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

A: Previous publication credits do not matter to us in terms of our decision to publish a poem. We've been the first publication of several writers! We like to know about who writers are as people, so feel free to send a cover letter letting us know about you.

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

A: We read every piece to the end, and multiple times.

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

A: Every piece that has been accepted has been read by at least three of our editors, sometimes four. The Editor-in-Chief reads every poem that crosses the transom and decides whether it moves on to editorial commentary. If so, the Assistant Editors read and comment on the poem to decide whether it makes the shortlist. Sometimes one of our Consulting Editors gives a poem a third-read if deemed necessary. Then the shortlist is read by the other Consulting Editor. Final deliberations are made by the Editor-in-Chief.

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

A: We do feel that modern technologies are important, but we recognize that they can also be exclusionary. The majority of our submissions are sent electronically, but we do accept hard-copy submissions by mail from folks who may not have regular access to a computer and/or the Internet. We also know that many writers are building communities and networks online, so we have a dedicated Social Media Manager to run our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

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

A: We generally only accept poems that need little, if any, editing. Asking for substantive editing assumes that we as editors know where a writer is in terms of craft, and that is simply not the case.

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

A: Yes! We nominate for Best of the Net and Pushcart Awards.