The Bind was created to increase exposure for new poetry books by women and nonbinary authors. They publish creative reviews of full-length collections and chapbooks of poetry and hybrid-genre work, including translated work. “This is an intersectional feminist venture, and we aim to include books by women and nonbinary writers of color, queer writers, trans writers, working-class writers, writers with disabilities, and a range of other women and nonbinary people who find themselves at various intersections. A new review will be posted each week.”
I wondered how and why this new lit mag came to be, so I asked Founder/Manager Rochelle Hurt and she kindly replied. See my interview with Hurt and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Bind.
HOPKINSON: How/why was The Bind originally started?
HURT: I started The Bind because I noticed that many of the books recommended to me are written by men, so I wanted to create a space for books by women and nonbinary authors.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
HURT: We’re open to a wide range of short and long review styles, but we’re especially interested in reviews that incorporate creative elements like drawings, games, lists, and centos. We prefer reviews and responses that reveal interesting elements of books, rather than reviews that simply summarize and evaluate. We’re also especially interested in books by poets of color.
HOPKINSON: Can a writer request a review of their own book/chapbook?
HURT: Women and nonbinary authors are welcome to email The Bind about placing a review copy of their book or chapbook with one of our reviewers. We can never guarantee a review, but we’re always happy to hear about new books and consider them.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
HURT: Just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: creative book reviews for new poetry books by women and nonbinary authors