Some Props for Poetry Quarterly

Late last week, the fall 2015 issue of Poetry Quarterly arrived in my mailbox. The journal is about five years old, and I have been published in some of the earlier issues. However, the fall issue is the strongest issue I’ve read to date. It is much slimmer, only about 80 pages, and it has a guest editor, Jodie Hollander. This issue’s featured poet, Christina Pugh, is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, and her work has appeared widely, including in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Ploughshares, and elsewhere.

The new issues contains a variety of forms and schools of poetic, from surrealism, to narrative, to the neoformalism of two featured Dave Mason poems. I feel fortunate that my poem, “September,” is published in this issue, and I will continue to support this journal. It’s been a pleasure watching it grow over the last five years. If you’re interested in purchasing any issue, including the new issue, you can do so here.

Chiron Review

One of my favorite contemporary poetry/fiction/art magazines is Chiron Review, which is based out of St. John Kansas and founded by Michael Hathaway in the 1980s. Over the years, the editors have published some impressive names, including Marge Piercy, Charles Bukowski, William Stafford, Edward Field, among others. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to have some poems published in its punk issue. What I’ve always liked about Chiron Review is not only its creative themes, but also its format. For years, the issues, including the punk one, were published in a tabloid format, a bit similar to American Poetry Review.

A few years ago, however, the magazine went on hiatus, sharing the fate of a lot of other print magazines in the country. Fortunately, however, publisher Michael Hathaway announced earlier this year that it would be returning in print format. Recently, the fall issue (97) was published, and my poem, “Listening to Springsteen on I-81,” is included in its pages. I hope that this issue marks a renewal for Chiron Review, especially in the uncertain world of publishing. Its mark on contemporary American poetry has already been made, but here’s hoping for many more issues!

If you have a few dollars to spare, order a copy of the new issue, or even better, make a donation to the magazine. Make a donation to other magazines like it that you enjoy reading so they can keep publishing.

Recent Publications

A few of my poems have been published recently by a few online literary magazines, and I wanted to share the links here. Two of my poems, “First Day Student,” and “Listening to the Neighbors,” were published last week by Eunoia Review. The later poem will also appear in my book All That Remains, forthcoming in a few months through the press Unbound Content. Another poem, “So Many Years Later,” was published in May by Big River Poetry Review. This is a much older poem, which has been heavily revised, and I’m glad it found a home.

 

That’s all the news I have for now, but check back in a few days for information about Scranton Zine Fest!

A Favorite Online Lit. Magazine

Because it’s early September, the time when most academic/literary journals open for submissions to poetry, I’ve been thinking a lot about some of my favorite journals. I’m still more of a fan of print journals as opposed to online for a number of reasons. When I have a poem published, I like getting a print copy in the mail with the poem in it. I have a nice little collection on my bookshelf, and I know that I’ll be able to keep those journals for years. My concern regarding online journals is that a lot of them start up fast, but they don’t last very long, and then your poem published is lost if the editors never archived anything. However, I do realize that as the publishing world continues to drastically change, more long-standing journals will move to a strictly online format, or at least upload some of the content online.

This week, I’ve been pondering some of my favorite online journals. One that I like a lot s Solstice Literary Magazine. My poem, “Before He Enlisted,” appeared there in the last issue.  What I like about the journal is how clean and simple it is. It’s easy to browse around the site and sift through the poetry, fiction, non-fiction and interviews the editorial staff publishes. I also love the quality of writing showcased. The latest issue has work by well-known contemporary American poets Stephen Dunn and Afaa M. Weaver, mixed with writing by young, up-and-coming writers. The journal also has an impressive editorial staff and advisory board, which includes National Book Award winner Terrance Hayes, Stephen Dunn, and others.

Check out Solstice Literary Magazine if you’re looking for a good online journal, and feel free to share some of your favorite journals, either print or online. I may start showcasing other literary magazines on my blog over time.