I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Fire Poetry editor Shaun Turner a few questions to find out. See my interview with Turner and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Fire Poetry.
TURNER: Thanks, Trish. Fire Poetry is a biannually-published online poetry journal with a focus on poems and poets from under-represented voices or under-served communities. Each issue, we will feature the work of one or two Featured Poets, alongside veteran and undiscovered poets.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Fire Poetry originally started?
TURNER: Though I earned my MFA in Fiction, one of the gifts of the experience was discovering my love for poetry: as meditation, as protest, as heartsong, as puzzle… That list goes on.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
TURNER: We believe in so many great publications: Rattle, Sixth Finch, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, Southwest Review, Cheat River Review, Barrelhouse, Cleaver Magazine, Booth, Stirring, Banango Street, Hobart, Word Riot, AGNI, and many others.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
TURNER: Poets can submit a cover letter with a 50-100 word biographical statement and attach up to 5 poems in a single document (.doc .docx .pdf .rtf). Simultaneous submissions and previous print publications are accepted if acknowledged in the cover letter. Please do not send poems posted on blogs, social media, or in other literary journals or mags.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
TURNER: The Fire Poetry Editors welcome any questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMISSION FEE: None