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Editor Interview: THRUSH Poetry Journal

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

A: words that resonate

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

A: PANK, elimae, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, Ninth Letter, Barn Owl Review, The Colorado Review, Dark Sky Magazine, Washington Square Review, Blackbird and many many more...

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

A: Ada Limon, Alex Lemon, John Poch, Kimberly Johnson, Alison Stine, Cindy Goff, Rachel McKibbens, Traci Brimhall, Richard Siken, Nathalie Handal, Ana Journey, and many others. This list is long.

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

A: Our publication is solely about the poems and the poets we present in each edition. The poetry in each edition is an electric mix of the absolute best poems we receive.

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

A: Read several editions, read and follow the guidelines. Be professional.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: A short cover letter, three amazing poems that leave me wanting to read them again and again, a bio included.

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

A: They do not include a cover letter, or it is evident that they have not read the journal by the poems they submit.

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

A: I care about cover letters in that they acknowledge the editors reading their submissions. If a bio is included (which it should be per our guidelines) I do read it. Previous publications are listed, of course. A poet should be proud of where their work has appeared. The poems however must speak for themselves.

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

A: I read every poem submitted in its entirety. I can usually tell half way through the poem if the piece is one I like or absolutely love, enough to publish it.

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

A: I decline many pieces that I like very much. I accept the poems that I love. If the poems stays with me after I have read it, if the poem moves me in some fashion, etc. That said it must also be well written and crafted.

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

A: Besides living an average life, I spend a great deal of time writing and submitting my own poems. I read submissions every evening, in an effort to not only respond quickly and remove the long waiting period, but also because I want to release the work I am not going to publish. I want the poet to have the opportunity to submit their poems elsewhere. As a poet myself, I appreciate fast turnaround times.

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

A: It is crucial to embrace technology. Not only in submissions but also in networking with editors, and other writers. There are journals who do not and still accept only snail mail submissions. I cannot imagine that. Also, I want the poets who submit to me to find me fully accessible; should they have a question, a change in their bio, etc.