Editor Interview: The Nassau Review

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

A: Tradition&Progressive

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

A: Fence
The Volta
The Rumpus
Redheaded Stepchild
Handful of Dust
Right Hand Pointing
Thick With Conviction
Fjords Review
Exercise Bowler
Main Street Rag
The Comstock Review
Arts and Letters
Dancing Girl Press
Kore Press

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

A: Lydia Davis, Jack Kerouac, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Sherman Alexie, Chelsea Handler, Henri Cole, Adrienne Rich, James Tate, Joan Didion, June Jordan

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

A: We hope to tell an over-arching story with the submissions from individual writers and artists.

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

A: Follow the guidelines carefully, proofread your work, and be professional.

Q: Describe the ideal submission.

A: The ideal submission follows all guidelines! It considers the theme of the issue and it responds directly to us rather than sending a form letter.

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

A: Many submitters do not consider our theme. Many do not follow guidelines. These are the top two pet peeves of publishing.

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

A: We include a bio in the issue that allows submitters to offer links or previous publication, but during the selection process, the bio does not matter.

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

A: In the first stages, I do not read every single piece to the end. It's impossible, time-wise. Once the first round or two is over and the genre editors have had their say, I start to dive in further. Of course, in the last round, I've read everything at least two or three times straight through.

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

A: Some pieces go to a general genre editor for additional feedback if we're on the fence about it.

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

A: Each genre editor and I read through submissions on a rolling basis, and no day is the same since we are all also professors in the English department with full teaching loads. Sometimes I read a little every day as submissions roll in, and other times I leave chunks at a time for review.

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

A: Embracing online submissions is highly important--it's the first change I made when I became Editor-in-chief. All that paper and postage is not necessary if you, as a publisher, have the technology at hand. Print issues versus online issues is a trickier topic. I like the idea of having electronic versions of journals online, but there's something about the feel of a hard copy journal, the smell of the pages, that keeps me in the tradition of a print run. We are working towards having both a hard copy version plus a sample of each issue online for a nice balance between progress and tradition.