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Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.
A: change and growth and fun
Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?
A: I've always loved McSweeney's, but am getting to like several small journals. Burningword is bursting with awesome poetry four times a year. The Accents Publishing series of poetry chapbooks is outstanding. Ampersand Books.
Q: If you publish writing, who are your favorite writers? If you publish art, who are your favorite artists?
A: William Goldman and Robertson Davies in fiction, David Kirby in poetry. Runners-up: Michael Chabon, Marilynne Robinson.
And, I'm not afraid to admit it: J.K. Rowling.
Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?
A: Well, as far as I know, there aren't others that publish similar material: our goal is to celebrate the growth of the artist, which means finding work that represents two (or several) distinct periods in the working life of the artist. Our first issue includes, for example, a poem written by a playwright when he was six years old, and one that was excerpted from one of his early plays, written, of course, as an adult, a career writer, along with a brief history of his career. I find it absolutely fascinating, and I hope our readers do, too. Of course, because we are new and rather niche, finding acceptable material that meets our guidelines and standards has been challenging, but we're still at it.
Q: What is the best advice you can give people who are considering submitting work to your publication?
A: I guess the same as anywhere: Read the submission guidelines fully, and read an issue. (It's free! What's stopping you?)
And, if possible, be funny and moving and not contrived, but that's a little harder to get at. Submit your very best stuff; we really need it.
Q: Describe the ideal submission.
A: Two pieces of art or writing that clearly show the author's growth, and a thoughtful, well-reasoned essay on what brought the author from point a to point b.
Q: What do submitters most often get wrong about your submissions process?
A: Well, since its a strange journal, most folks get it wrong; the part people seem not to understand is the brief essay that is supposed to go with the creative content.
Q: How much do you want to know about the person submitting to you?
A: Not at all, to both. I don't have many publications to my own name, and I still consider myself a writer. The aim of our journal is to exemplify how all artists, all people, develop and grow. That means giving page space to non-established artists as well as established.
Q: If you publish writing, how much of a piece do you read before making the decision to reject it?
A: Since the amount of submissions we receive is relatively small, I can and do take the time to read all submissions thoroughly.
Q: What additional evaluations, if any, does a piece go through before it is accepted?
A: None really. The usual practice of journals is to evaluate suitability to its mission, and that's all we do here.
Q: What is a day in the life of an editor like for you?
A: Check email, eat donut, drink coffee, read and read.
Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?
A: As a writer, I appreciate submission software like submittable, and the readiness of publishers to accept electronic submissions. My partner is a bit of a Luddite, and only submits to journals by mail, which means a lot of extra mail. As a writer, you could spend half your life doing things the "traditional" way, and most writers have jobs and families and other interests. Put the hard work into creating great work, and spend less effort on envelopes and post office trips.
As an editor, it's a treat to see a new submission in my inbox, and I love being able to access it anywhere.