Here: a poetry journal

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Thank you for your interest in Here: a poetry journal!

To mark its fifth anniversary, Here: a poetry journal will publish a special issue featuring poems that explore issues of racial equity, social justice, and environmental justice. All writers are welcome and BIPOC and LGBTQI+ writers are especially encouraged to submit. Payment is two copies of the journal. We will read submissions through March 31 and celebrate the issue's release with a Zoom reading in April or May (time/date tba).

For those new to our journal, here's our mission statement:

"Here seeks to present in each annual issue diverse, wide-ranging, and powerful responses in poetry to the essential and endless questions related to “being here” that are implied by the journal’s title. What does it mean to be here, truly, or to have been here, back from “there,” against whatever odds and forces? The journal is open to work written in all forms and encourages those writing from the margins, whatever those may be, to submit their work. We've published poems by established, award-winning writers such as Margaret Gibson, Charles Fort, Barbara Crooker, José B. González, and Bruce Weigl alongside stunning work by writers making their first appearances in print.

Along with the questions the title raises, we hope, too, that a generosity of spirit emanates from the journal and the poems within it. Here, the title says to you, take this. May it be a good companion for you over a beverage or two, on a road trip, and perhaps far beyond that."

A guiding thought behind the journal comes from Seamus Heaney's distinction, offered in an interview shortly after winning the Nobel Prize, between the words "herd" and "heard." He said "I always like to make a play on two words that sound the same––“h-e-r-d” and “h-e-a-r-d.“ I think in writing poetry, especially in times of crisis, political crisis, you’ve got to beware of “h-e-r-d” feelings as opposed to individual "h-e-a-r-d.“ The writer is there to be “h-e-a-r-d” singularly, not to be part of the tribe, although, at times of crisis, this is a very fine and important distinction."

You may submit up to five poems (within a single Word or .pdf file) each reading period. 

Again, thank you for your interest in Here: a poetry journal!  

Daniel Donaghy, Editor 

Here: a poetry journal