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Editor Interview: ONE ART: a journal of poetry

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

A: Primarily free verse.

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

A: Rattle, Sheila-Na-Gig, anti-heroin chic, Plume, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Gargoyle, Southern Poetry Review, Baltimore Review, Ecotone, The Summerset Review, Willow Springs, 32 Poems, Poetry East, Waxwing, Pleiades, Cleaver Magazine, Rogue Agent, Voicemail Poems, Rust + Moth, Pedestal Magazine, North Dakota Quarterly, Grey Sparrow Journal, Apple Valley Review, About Place Journal, The Adroit Journal, B O D Y, Bear Review, THRUSH, The Boiler, The Citron Review, The Drift, The Shore, ONLY POEMS, Tiny Wren Lit, Eunoia Review, The New Verse News, Wordgathering, Amsterdam Quarterly, Neologism Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Black Coffee Review, LIVE NUDE POEMS, FEED, The Mantle, Colorado Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, diode, Copper Nickel, BOMB Magazine, Bending Genres, Bennington Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Able Muse, Muddy River Poetry Journal, The Healing Muse, Orange Blossom Review, Gyroscope Review, Halfway Down the Stairs, The Broadkill Review, The Rumpus, The Sun, Modern Haiku, Akitsu Review, DIAGRAM, Right Hand Pointing, Shot Glass Journal, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Backbone Mountain Review, Front Porch Review, Open Minds Quarterly, Guernica, Passager, Third Wednesday, Eye to the Telescope: The SFPA Journal of Speculative Poetry, Maudlin House, Versification, Poet Lore, Wildness, Ilanot Review, River Heron Review, Whale Road Review, Vox Populi, Birmingham Poetry Review, Philadelphia Stories, Poetry Salzburg, Red Eft Review, Alba: The Journal of Short Poetry, Hawai'i Pacific Review, EcoTheo, Amethyst Review.

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

A: Ada Limón, Jane Kenyon, Faith Shearin, Marge Piercy, Jack Gilbert, Richard Hugo, Sylvia Plath, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Wislawa Szymborska, Tess Gallagher, Linda Gregg, Mary Ann Samyn, Joan Mazza, Amit Majmudar, Aaron Smith, Robbi Nester, Marie Howe, John Murillo, Daniel Simpson, Ona Gritz, Donna Hilbert, Betsy Mars, Linda Laderman, Hayden Saunier, Grant Clauser, James Crews, Julia Knowlton, Erin Murphy, Heather Swan, Natalie Homer, Martin Willitts Jr, Abby E. Murray, Bonnie Naradzay, Gloria Heffernan, Tresha Faye Haefner, Jane Zwart, Kari Gunter-Seymour, Karen Paul Holmes, Julie Weiss, Alison Luterman, Laura Ann Reed, Tamara Madison, Jane Edna Mohler, Rachel Custer, Sean Kelbley, Bonnie Proudfoot, Carla Sarett, Barbara Crooker, Heidi Seaborn, Nicole Caruso Garcia, Amy Small-McKinney, Barbara Sabol, Cathy Shea, Alicia Hoffman, Marjorie Maddox, Kim Addonizio, Jim Daniels, Tom Hunley, James Diaz, Dorianne Laux, W.S. Merwin, Gerry LaFemina, Nicole Caruso Garcia, Sally Nacker, Chad Frame, W. D. Ehrhart, Kay Ryan, J.C. Todd, Eavan Boland, Leila Chatti, Natalie Diaz, C.D. Wright, Keetje Kiupers, Leila Chatti, Mary Karr, Nickole Brown, Richard Siken, Eric Nelson, John Murillo, Dorothea Lasky, Danez Smith, Jacob Saenz, H.D., Heather McHugh, , Major Jackson, Thomas Lux, Maxine Kumin, J. Jennifer Espinoza, Franny Choi, Jean Valentine, Bianca Stone, Michael Mark, Natasha Trethewey, Mark Halliday, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Adrienne Rich, Alberto Rios, Hanif Abdurraqib, Philip Larkin, William Stafford, Mark Strand, Ron Padgett, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Bracha K. Sharp, Donald Justice, Francesca Bell, Joyce Sutphen, Tony Hoagland, Todd Davis, Dana Gioia, Kimiko Hahn, Philip Levine, Linda Pastan, William Carlos Williams, Wendell Berry, Amy Barone, May Sarton, Joan Leotta, Cheryl Baldi, Ann E. Wallace, Jennifer Garfield, Dan Butler, David Lee Garrison, Brent Martin, Lexi Pelle, Lynne Knight, CL Bledsoe, Hayley Mitchell Haugen, Heather Truett, John Kucera, Karen Poppy, Jane McKinley, Cathleen Cohen, Gary Fincke, Rachel Reinhart, Susan Vespoli, Brett Warren, Carol Boston, John Amen, Claire Keyes, Ann E. Michael, Claire Taylor, Emily Lake Hansen, Susan Zimmerman, Kip Knott, Margaret Dornaus, Paula J. Lambert, Gail Thomas, Lois Perch Villemaire, Nadine Hitchiner, Daye Phillippo, Roseanne Freed, Martha Deed, Howie Good, Laurie Kuntz, Tere Sievers, Sarah Browning, Susan Shaw Sailer, Al Ortolani, Bunkong Tuon, Brian Beatty, Merie Kirby, Eileen Pettycrew, Karly Randolph Pitman, Annie Stenzel, Carol Parris Krauss, Andrea Potos, Michelle Menting, Connie Post, Tami Haaland, Jane McKinney, Michelle Bitting, Julie Pratt, Brian Duncan, James Feichthaler, Karen Poppy, Beth Dulin, Natalie Marino, Dick Westheimer, Yvonne Zipter, Marc Alan Di Martino, Deborah Bacharach, Jennifer Browne, Sandra Fees, Tina Barry, Michael Simms, Kelly Grace Thomas, Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, Jennifer Abod, Susan Cossette, Eva Eliav, Beth Copeland, Sharon Waller Knutson, David Salner, William Palmer, Scott Ferry, Jane Medved, Jeannie E. Roberts, Valerie Bacharach, Ellen Rowland, Robbie Gamble

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

A: ONE ART aims to amplify the voices we believe are urgent for others to hear.
We aim to respond within three days. Same day responses are common.
We aim to limit the time between acceptance and publication.
ONE ART publishes daily.
We enjoy cultivating a community of writers who lift each other up.

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

A: Well, the usual answer is read work published in the journal. Yes, that, obviously. Also, consider looking at the work we've nominated for prizes. The information we're included in this interview about favorite poets and representative poets that is also in our Submission Guidelines will help inform you if your work is a good fit for ONE ART.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: I want the submission process to be as writer-friendly as possible. You can send your work in the body of an email or as a Word doc attached to an email. Whatever is easiest for you. Please do consult the Submission Guidelines for a more thorough explanation.
Please note that I don’t publish much work that uses a great deal of ‘negative space’.
Louisa: I like context for certain submissions, since sometimes poets are writing from a certain perspective or angle that might not be immediately evident. At the same time, the poems should stand on their own and not require a lengthy explanation.

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

A: Please remember to include a 3rd person bio. Poets sometimes do not send a bio or send them in the 1st person. This adds an unnecessary extra step to the process.
Occasionally, someone seems to think it’s standard procedure to submit new poems as soon as a rejection is received. I assure you this is not the case. Only do so if an editor has asked you to send more work right away. For ONE ART, since the journal has rolling submissions, I request folks wait at least two months before sending along additional work you have been specifically asked to submit sooner.

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

A: Anything you feel like sharing; although, I’d prefer you keep the correspondence reasonably professional.
I do not need a long introduction about how the poems you're submitting came into existence. If some context is useful feel free to share.

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

A: I read enough to know if the work has sold me. I generally know what I like, what I'm going to accept, very quickly. Other times, I will re-read poems many times before deciding one way or another.

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

A: ONE ART's Consulting Editor, Louisa Schnaithmann, is often asked to weigh in on poems, especially if I'm on the fence or need another perspective.

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

A: I incorporate the process into my day. We all have a great deal on our plates. I fit in reading submissions when I can and, usually, as soon as I can. I give ONE ART the highest priority on my daily To Do list.

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

A: Ralph Waldo Emerson says, "new arts replace the old"...but, really, what we get is a blend. I want to help spread the word about work by ONE ART poets and technology plays an invaluable role in doing so.

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

A: It depends. Revisions are most often minimal. We primarily accept work that is publication-ready. There are instances when I'll suggest a few minor edits to improve the work. I do not request poem overhauls with the assumption of future publication.
Louisa: Emphasis on “publication-ready”.
Mark: I’ll add that I don’t see anything wrong with publishing a poem that is “good enough” or, said another way, “the best it can be” for now. Poets always have the opportunity to revise their poem for inclusion in a future collection.

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

A: ONE ART nominates for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. We occasionally nominate for other awards but not with the guaranteed annual consistency of Pushcart & BotN.