Editor Interview: What Are Birds?

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

A: genre-bending excellence

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

A: tenderness lit
Hobart Pulp
GASHER
pulpmouth
Pretty Owl Poetry
New Delta Review

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

A: Favorite Writers: Richard Siken, CA Conrad, Mathias Svalina, Noah Baldino, Franny Choi, and Anne Carson, to name a few.
Favorite Artists: Rene Magritte, Kehinde Wiley, Hannah Hoch, Ryan McGinley, and many local artists!

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

A: We focus on representation and diversity--not only in our writers, but also in the forms, genres, and themes of the work that we publish. We are committed to publishing new and upcoming writers alongside established writers who are investigating what hybridity can mean within literature and art.

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

A: People send us lots of work about birds! While we love bird imagery and are always excited about interesting and well-composed bird art, we rarely publish writing about birds. When we do publish writing that includes birds, it's got to be truly above and beyond! Otherwise, it gets lost among the flock.

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

A: At the end of every submission period, our editors get together to talk about all of the pieces we enjoyed and why. Sometimes, one editor will make a great case for a piece and change others' minds. Sometimes, we're all very excited about a piece right from the start and we just gush about it for a minute!

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

A: Modern technologies provide more accessibility and outreach to new types of writers and make sharing work easier! Electronic submissions are especially convenient and I truly don't understand why anyone would want to receive all of that submission paper by mail anymore (and where they would put all that paper!) While I am a huge fan of the book as a physical object and the history of the codex, I think that literary journals online serve their own unique purpose, one of which is the potential for a larger readership base and the ability for more writers from all over the world to access them. Additionally, technology provides new and unique avenues for hybrid and experimental work that couldn't be published in print!

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

A: Yes! We have nominated for the Pushcart Prize and will be nominating for Pushcart again next year as well as the Best of the Net Anthology.