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

A: Our Quaker sensibility lends itself to collective spiritual experience, hope-motivated right action, and truth telling. We are a small but mighty press bringing poems to people who don't think they're smart enough, educated enough, or sophisticated enough to appreciate verse. We work to make beautiful books for collections that make a difference in the world.

A: I believe after starting a few years back, having published close to 20 authors, the press has developed a certain feel and flavor that sets itself apart from some other smaller presses.
Look, I'm a one-person press.
I have a full-time job as well as the day to day operations of Laughing Ronin Press. As well as running the press, I read all submissions, format, edit, layout, and design everything for the most part all by myself. I come up with the cover designs as well most of the time.
All the presses I spoke of earlier do the same. Some of them staple and fold the books at their kitchen table.
You want to know the definition of authenticity? All you have to do is pick up a book from any of those presses and you'll feel the love, sweat, blood, and work that was put into it. We Live it, breathe it, suffer for it. There's very little to no money in it, so you better be doing it for the right reasons. If not, you'll burn out quick.

A: Our focus is the poem. That commitment has driven our design, which is kept as unfussy as possible, uses colors to enhance the reading experience, and makes it easy to navigate within an issue. I think of editing a poetry journal as an opportunity to share poems with readers who appreciate the same sorts of poems I do, poems grounded in this world we share. Poems that aspire all too consciously to join the avant-garde ought to be submitted elsewhere.

A: We're interested in exploring a wide range of eco-writing, writing about animals, and work in translation--we don't have predetermined ideas about what nature/environmental writing should look like. We're always striving for diversity in our editorial team and the works we publish.

A: Caustic Frolic is a fully student run publication that stems from NYU's Graduate Program XE: Experimental Humanities and Social Engagement. We publish works not only from graduate students, but from scholars and non-scholars across the globe. Caustic Frolic strives to publish the most creative and influential works.

A: I really do only publish 5-7-5 haiku in the English language at Pure Haiku.

Freya Pickard, Curator of Pure Haiku, 11 September 2022

A: We are not genre specific. We aim to publish exemplary writing across the spectrum.

A: Our tastes are wide and varied. We are committed to finding work that surprises us, whether that means work that is experimental or that subtly subverts traditional forms. An important part of that commitment is remaining submission fee free, including for contests. We hope this lack of financial barrier continues to welcome new forms and perspectives in.

A: We've always been first and foremost an interdisciplinary literary arts journal. How does art and music and poetry inform each other? How does, let's say, poetry really differ from prose? When you get down to the nitty gritty, how do you separate a poem from prose-poem from a flash? We want to see artists explode the boundaries of the field, of what is considered prose or poetry or art or music. And we feel that a beautiful way to do so is through interdisciplinary art.

A: There are quite a few magazines about books, but Oh Reader is the only magazine that looks at books from a reader's perspective. Most literary/bookish magazines focus on book reviews and author interviews; Oh Reader tells the story of how readers interact with books—which books have affected them personally, how reading has shaped their lives, what they have discovered about the world or themselves through reading. We don't tell you what to read—we ask what you're reading, and why, and our writers tell their own stories of literary encounters. It's funny, sad, revealing, thoughtful and very human. Which is what literature is, too, right?

Gemma Peckham, Editor-in-Chief of Oh Reader, 04 September 2022

A: We have the most elegantly designed covers and will do custom book sizes to suit the poems.

A: Love Letters to Poe is highly focused on the works of Edgar Allan Poe. We publish gothic horror fiction that allows those who've consumed everything that exists from Poe and want more to find it on our pages.