Glass’ Poets Resist is a current events poetry series, edited by Catherine Chambers, published by Glass Poetry Press as part of Glass: A Journal of Poetry. They are “looking for poems that reflect the immediacy of the world around us. . . . poems that are targeted, and unafraid. . . . poems that actively resist by condemning horrors and by celebrating collective strength. Engage. Write. Resist.”
I wondered how and why this special feature came to be, so I asked editor Catherine Chambers a few questions to find out. See my interview with Chambers and a link to their submission guidelines below.
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HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Glass’ Poets Resist.
CHAMBERS: Rob Spillman gave a talk I was fortunate enough to be present for, and he concluded it with, “The role of the artist is to not look away.” That is Poets Resist in a nutshell. Poets Resist combats the idea that poetry is in any way antiquated or otherwise behind the times. I read one poem at a time; one poem at a time gets published. No timeline, but in real time. Every reply to a poem is hand-typed, never a form. I like to have conversations. We are in this together, after all.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Glass’ Poets Resist originally started?
CHAMBERS: Anthony Frame (the unsung hero of indie lit, if you ask me) approached me in the spring about a current events-type feature of Glass after I stepped down as editor-in-chief of another journal focused on activism. At the outset of the current presidency, everything felt extra bleak to me. I felt extra helpless, and I know a lot of folks felt the same way. Providing an outlet seemed like the only sensible choice, especially considering what Anthony and I perceived to be a failure to do so by similar features in other magazines. Beyond the scope of the U.S.A. there is so much more going on, of course; while born out of a need in America, Poets Resist could be global in scope, and I certainly hope it will outlive this administration.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
CHAMBERS: Unabstract (I think I made that word up), unafraid, no-fuss poems that are as unafraid to condemn the bad as they are to uplift the good. I’ve read submissions during this process and literally gasped. I’ve cried actual tears. Those submissions tell me the truth.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but never comes in?
CHAMBERS: Obviously I want to read everyone’s work! However, as an editor I’m always hoping for more women (particularly women of color), as well as LGBTQ + NB folx, immigrants, disabled poets, emerging writers… any/all underrepresented voices for that matter. I would also love for Anthony Scaramucci (who followed a bunch of poets on twitter a while back) to submit something, so I could reject him.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
CHAMBERS: Glass (duh), Duende Literary Journal, Split Lip Magazine, Whiskey Paper, Luna Luna Magazine, Yes Poetry, The Shallow Ends, Third Point Press, Gulf Coast, Hermeneutic Chaos, Gigantic Sequins… I really could go on and on.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
CHAMBERS: Check out the guidelines here:
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
CHAMBERS: I’m at email@example.com or you can slide in my DM’s on Twitter at @CatChamberz
DEADLINE: Always open
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: one poem at a time
NOTES: Simultaneous submissions are okay, no previously published poems