Dear Radius readers,
First off, thanks for sticking with us through the first phase of our launch. The past few months have been a whirlwind for us, but we have to say it’s been worth it. We knew, when we started this, that “Radius’ couldn’t just be another online poetry journal, that its mission and vision had to be distinct and unique, and I think it’s pretty safe to say we’ve done that. Now, it’s time for us to take it further. And to do that, we need your help.
We’re going to take a few weeks off to put together the next wave of Radius content — poems and prose that illuminate the process of writing poetry, and how it lives in the world. To that end, we’re looking to fill a few positions:
Poetry Acquisitions Editor: We’re seeking one or two poetry editors to help curate the poems we publish. If you’re the sort of person who just wants to read slush piles, this is NOT the job for you. We’re looking for someone who’s hands on and willing to seek out new work by established writers and promising newcomers. Trust us, this one’s a lot of work. But we think it’s worth it.
Reviews Editor: We’re seeking one editor to help design and coordinate our approach to reviewing recently published poetry. Must be organized, self-starting and have a wide knowledge of what’s being published. Also, must be open to the idea that great writing emerges from chapbooks and small presses as easily as it does from academic presses and major publishing houses. Will write reviews and oversee reviews written by guest and regular contributors.
Contributing Writers: We’re looking to add a handful of regular contributors to write about poetry in all its aspects, and to respond to trends, themes in issues in today’s poetry world. Must be willing to write at least once a month. We honestly have no idea how many contributors we’re looking for, here. We’ll take as many as we think bring something we need to the table.
Submissions: Our regular submissions remain open while we’re retooling. As always, we’re particularly interested in political poetry, invented forms and elegies for poets, as well as strong critical writing. Please visit our Submissions Guidelines for more information.
As always, Radius is committed to diversity. We fully believe poetry journals work best when wildly divergent view points are brought together, and would like to see diversity in the writers that comprise both our staff and contributors. The bad news, though, is that we don’t pay anything. Zip. Nada. But if we haven’t scared you off, yet, and you’re still interested, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling us briefly who you are, why you’re interested in working with us and what you bring to the table. (If you’re interested in being a regular contributor, please attach a couple writing samples.)
And that’s the deal. So far, Radius has been an amazing wild ride, and it looks like it’s going to be even wilder and more amazing from here. Want to come along for the ride?
Victor D. Infante
Radius: Poetry From the Center to the Edge