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

A: The scope and range of styles. The persistently high quality of the writing. The intellectual ambition of the reviews and intellectual culture.

A: In addition to poetry and fiction, we also publish a wide variety of artists, photographers, models and musicians. Content-wise, there's not much we shy away from.

A: We have a very distinct focus on optimistic stories, Utopian stories. We publish stories which focus on hope, that give us a future we really can't wait to dive into and live in and make a reality. And in a world saturated with dystopia, with post-apocolyptic, I think it's very important that hope and positivity stay alive. That's the focus of our magazine. I think it's more then possible to have conflict, drama, and positivity all in the same story.

A: We commission a bespoke illustration for each story.

A: We publish creative work that glorifies God either directly by topic, or simply by
the beauty of its expression. Submissions don't have to be specifically about God
(though they certainly can be). Works that express joy, grief, works about nature,
suffering, searching are all welcome, but we look for that spark of hope that reminds
us, and others, that God is and that He cares.

A: We at Aromatica Poetica believe that a tad bit too much attention has been paid to the representation of the visual in literature in particular, as well as more generally in the arts and sciences. Our culture’s ocularcentric tendencies limit our vocabulary and our minds. Thus, we seek to uplift the oft-neglected senses of smell and taste, and promote unconventional sensory experiences.
As a blind person and the founding editor, I like to publish historically under-represented voices. We are not a magazine for or about blind people, but we do strive to promote alternative perspectives and to create a space where we can converse on shared experiences and aesthetics.
The submissions of fiction, nonfiction and poetry we’ve published thus far demonstrate how smell and taste provide rich fodder for writing with beauty, clarity, humor, and emotional and intellectual heft.

A: We only publish two issues a year. Each issue includes ten poets and ten artists. We place poems in conversation with visual art. We want poems and art that have something to say to our readers and to the rest of the work in the issue.

A: Two things. Firstly, the fact that each issue is centred around a stimulus (e.g. a painting, a comic strip, an excerpt) is quite unique and it is always interesting to see how different people use different ideas and genres to approach this common basis. Secondly, we invite our contributors to experiment, and as such, our archive is a melting pot of styles and genres, featuring from Noh theatre performance to comics, from photo-essays to original compositions, along with more conventional, but equally intriguing pieces of prose and verse.

A: Cascadia Magazine is about crossing borders. We publish work focusing not on a particular state, but a culture that developed in our specific bioregion, including Oregon, Washington, Idaho, British Columbia, and the Alaskan panhandle. We’re also the only publication in the region with an equal focus on journalism, literature, and visual art, and with a commitment to pay all of our contributors without exception.

A: Since we are such a small publishing venture (just the two editors), I think we try to be a lot more transparent about what's going on. It means that sometimes we might get a little overwhelmed and experience some delays, but we try to be open with our contributors about why this is happening. We want to make sure everyone involved knows what's going on.

A: There is no one who publishes similar material that we are aware of, although, from TV, Star Trek: TNG comes closest.
We find the writer's that we are most excited about are the writer's who find the website (and listen to the podcast,) and craft a story geared towards the thing we do. If you have a story you previously wrote you are shopping around, it's tough to get a foot in the door with us. It's possible, but it's tough. Most of the people we publish have a background in philosophy, economics, or political theory and just happen to also be writers.

A: Nostos, our literary journal, is intended to be a sensory experience that contributes to the emotional experience. It is a balance of poetry, short fiction, and art all considering a theme, but it is its tactile richness, its typographical refinement, its visual accessibility that makes it, while not "unique," certainly, a full and rare experience.