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Editor Interview: Anthropocene Poetry Journal

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

A: Poetry. Exciting poetry!

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

A: I like Blackbox Manifold and Ink, Sweat and Tears, both are fairly long running online journals which do a good job at capturing the diversity in contemporary poetry. The London Magazine and Abridged are two really good print journals, with very artistic, high quality production standards.

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

A: Louise Gluck, Matthew Welton, Dylan Thomas, Natalie Diaz, Dominic Leonard, Hera Lindsey Bird, Luke Kennard, Ocean Vuong, Charles Baudelaire, Nick Makoha, Sam Riviere, John Ashbery, H.D., A.K. Blakemore, Selima Hill, Andrew Taylor, SJ Fowler, Matthew Haigh, August Kleinzahler, Morgan Parker. Rebecca Tamas, Benjamin Prado, Manuel Vilas, Raúl Zurita, all the dead french guys, Chelsey Minnis, Aaron Kent, Rebecca Perry, Emily Berry, James Roome, Poppy Cockburn, Ella Frears, Mark Waldron, Sylvia Plath, Sean Bonney, Sophie Robinson, Jenna Clake,. This list could go on forever, I don't really go for a particular style of poetry, I like everything that is good.

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

A: I think the website design is nice (it should be because I chose it!). I think it's also possible I spend more time looking through submissions than other magazines, trying to discover the undiscovered. Also the publication schedule, publishing a new poet every Wednesday and Sunday, I haven't seen that elsewhere.

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

A: Send your strongest poems, don't think because of our name/design we're only interested in eco poetry, the poems can be about anything you like as long as they're interesting! Do follow the submissions guidelines - it makes my job much easier!

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

A: You don't have to say very much at all, I'm mostly interested in the poems, however don't leave the email blank - that comes across as rude. The example below is perfect:
Dear Anthropocene,
Please find some unpublished poems attached with a short bio,
Warm wishes,
Whoever you are

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

A: Generally, if I accept a poem, then I will publish it the way that it is. If a poet wants to make last minute changes, that's ok, although it can be a little annoying, especially if it is something minor like a comma here or there...
I do proofread before posting, and am quick to correct anything that slips through the net.

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

A: Yes. For the Pushcart Prize in the USA and for the Forward Prize in the UK.