Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry is a beautifully designed print poetry journal seeking poems “written by authors whose work is informed by the Catholic faith. We publish poems on the basis of their artistic merit, rather than on the basis of the author’s professed creed or because the subject matter is explicitly Catholic.”
I wondered how and why this poetry journal came to be, so I asked Editor Mary Ann B. Miller and she kindly replied. See my interview with Miller and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry.
MILLER: Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry is an independent publication, affiliated with the Department of English at Caldwell University, Caldwell, NJ. and edited by Mary Ann B. Miller, editor of the anthology, St. Peter’s B-list: Contemporary Poems Inspired by the Saints (Ave Maria, 2014). Our new associate editor is Lois Roma-Deeley. Advisory Board members are Susanne Paola Antonetta, William Baer, Paul Contino, Dana Gioia, Paul Mariani, Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, and Judith Valente.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Presence: A Journal of Catholic Poetry originally started?
MILLER: The idea for the journal arose during a panel discussion at the first conference on The Future of the Catholic Literary Imagination, sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in February 2015. Presence will be published annually each spring with a fall reading period from August 1 – October 1.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
MILLER: We publish poems on the basis of their artistic excellence, rather than on the basis of the author’s professed creed or because the subject matter is explicitly Catholic. The poems in this journal convey God’s presence in any number of ways—by exploring the intersection of matter and spirit, by depicting the struggle between belief and doubt, by questioning the faith, being surprised by it, taking joy in it, even finding humor in it. We encourage contributors to refer to our mission statement when selecting poems for submission.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
MILLER: Blackbird, Tin House, Notre Dame Review, Rattle, Dappled Things, Rock & Sling, The Windhover, Quiddity, Image, The Other Journal
HOPKINSON: Where can poets/writers send submissions?
MILLER: Please send up to five unpublished poems, no more than two pages in length, in a single Word file, Times New Roman font (12-point). There is no fee for submission. Be sure that your name, mailing address, phone number, and email address appear at the top of every page of the file. The first page of the file should be a short cover letter in which you clearly state your intention to be published in the journal and provide a brief bio, as outlined on our website. Please attach the file to an email to the editor at email@example.com with the following subject line: “Submit poems to Presence.” Each contributor will receive one complimentary copy of the issue. No monetary payment is possible at this time.
Our submission period runs from Aug. 1 – Oct. 1.
Our mission statement and further submission guidelines may be found on www.catholicpoetryjournal.com.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
MILLER: Questions can be emailed to Mary Ann B. Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: October 1, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, poetry book reviews
Categories: Call for Submissions