The Indianapolis Review is an online quarterly poetry and art publication They “work to promote artists and writers from our region, but we also showcase work from around the country and the world.”
I wondered how and why this poetry journal came to be, so I asked Founder and Editor In Chief Natalie Solmer a few questions to find out. See the interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Indianapolis Review.
SOLMER: The Indianapolis Review is an online quarterly journal of poetry and art. My aim is to promote and facilitate connections among writers of our region and beyond. That being said, even if you’re not from this region, please don’t be shy about submitting your poems or art!
HOPKINSON: How/why was The Indianapolis Review originally started?
SOLMER: Many reasons! Here are 3-
1-After a few years of intense submitting of my own work, I felt a strong desire to give back to the poetry community.
2-My little poetry workshopping group that I started in Indianapolis can only manage a limited number of people, and I really wanted to get more involved with the writers of my area and beyond.
3-The muse took over and wouldn’t let me sleep until I started in on creating the website and found myself drawing the Indy skyline being attacked by a catfish and an eel (our current header art)!
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
SOLMER: The answer to this question also goes back to reasons for starting this journal. We feel that there is a void among some of the local journals, in that they seem to publish only one type of poetry. We would like to publish the best of all aesthetics, the way Poetry Magazine strives to. You just never know what you’re going to find in Poetry, which I love! We are also interested in publishing people who consider themselves spoken word artists and are thinking about publishing their work on the page as well.
In addition, we are very cognizant of wanting to publish a representation of the writers that make up our city/country/world–all racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
Please note: if you are white and writing about race, keep in mind a poem like Sharon Old’s “Ode To My Whiteness.”
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
SOLMER: We are inspired by major journals like American Poetry Review and Prairie Schooner and also love publications like A Public Space, Glass: A Journal of Poetry and Tinderbox. In our state, we love what Marcus Wicker is publishing at Southern Indiana Review.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
SOLMER: Please attach 3-7 poems in one file or up to 10 images of your art to an email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further guidelines can be found under our Submit page.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SOLMER: Contacting us via email@example.com will do the trick!
DEADLINE: June 10, 2017
FORMS: poetry and artwork
Categories: Call for Submissions