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Editor Interview: The Zen Space

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

A: in-the-moment poetry

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

A: I know this might seem a little precious, but I avoid reading other publications so that I don't subconsciously imitate them.

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

A: My favourite writers and artists are those that the wind blows my way.

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

A: I haven't a clue! And I'm happy that way.

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

A: Go for it!

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: Around half-a-dozen, short, haiku-esque, in-the-moment poems. Or a batch of five or six pieces of original artwork.

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

A: Nothing much.

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

A: I don't need to know much, if anything, about contributors. All I need to see is the work they're submitting.

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

A: As we're talking about very short poems, I make up my mind instantly.

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

A: None.

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

A: Three months of relative inaction and one day of frenetic typesetting. The latter involves a lot of wrestling with the platform, which is very much WYSINWYG ("what you see is NOT what you get"). Sometimes I win, sometimes the platform wins.

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

A: It's all I've got!

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

A: I don't. A poem goes in as it stands or not at all.

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

A: The opportunity does not really arise.