Ramingo’s Porch is a new quarterly print journal of poetry, prose, and art. It is “a collaboration between Mendes Biondo (RamingoBlog), Catfish McDaris (EveryDamnWhere), and Marc Pietrzykowski (Pski’sPorch), a new journal of poetry, prose, drama, non-fiction, art, and whatever else we find worthwhile.” Their first issue just came out in November and they are currently accepting submissions for their second issue. The second issue has a theme of “Love, Spring and Revolution.”
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked editors Mendes and Marc and they kindly replied. See my interview and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Ramingo’s Porch.
MENDES: This magazine is a shared dream between Marc, Catfish and me to create a place for every kind of writing, in particular those “outlaw” and “wandering” ones as Marc said before. We worked for the first issue with fun and care, choosing the best part of what we’ve received and I can say that I’m particularly proud of all the authors that submitted their works, even those that we decided to reject because of our tastes.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Ramingo’s Porch originally started?
MARC: The Ramingo’s Porch extends from Lockport, NY, USA to Mantua, MN, Italia, which is a good sized porch for wanderers to rest on. Mendes and I met (virtually) when Catfish McDaris and I were putting together the Resurrection of a Sunflower anthology, and once that project was done, he emailed about starting a magazine. I already knew I liked his writing, and had checked out some of the stuff he was publishing on Ramingoblog; it seemed like a good fit, along with Catfish. We don’t all like the same stuff, but our tastes are more similar than not.
MENDES: It all started with an anthology (Resurrection of a Sunflower) and an interview. In the interview I asked Marc what would have been his next projects and he told me: “I would like to run a magazine.” After two days from the publication of the piece on my blog I told myself: “Hey buddy, you’re running an e-mag in Italy, he has a publishing house in New York, let’s match them together in an international project.” So I asked Marc what he thought about this mad idea and, probably, he thought the same thing I did.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
MARC: Poems, stories, reviews, cross-genre stuff, articles about underground art and literary culture, things that might not get published elsewhere because they don’t fit with prevailing tastes, or are controversial or difficult in some way. I hear people say often that internet obliterated the idea of mainstream and fringe cultures, but that’s bullshit. If anything, the internet has strengthened the hegemony of the center, of the big publishers, and those smaller ones who exert a similar pressure in the small press world. The fringes are more interesting, so we want work from there.
MENDES: Marc already answered this question better than I could. Anyhow, I would like only to underline that we are not opened only to poems and short stories submissions but also to short essays – not boring academic papers but something new and unconventional, something about things that are difficult to read in other books – articles and, as usual, “unconventional” book reviews.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
MENDES: Short essays and, as for Marc, long poems.
MARC: Really long narrative poems that tell a story. I am a big fan of poetry novels, like Les Murray’s Fredy Neptune, or View From Mount Diablo by Ralph Thompson, and of course older poems and sagas that used meter as a narrative device as much as a hypnagogic one. It would be great to serialize a 120 page verse novel.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
MENDES: I started publishing my poems with Visual Verse because of their “challenge” between the image and the words, so Visual Verse is one of those I prefer. Then I often enjoy reading The BeZine, I Am Not A Silent Poet and Ink, Sweat and Tears. I mostly read e-mags because it’s difficult for me to find printed lit mags and journals in English language in Italy.
MARC: Well geez, there are so many. Kill Your Darlings, Cordite Poetry Review, Degenerate Literature, Bare Hands Poetry—I also like going back and reading defunct journals from years past that folks scanned and put online, like Zygote in my Coffee, or Fuck You! A Magazine of the Arts.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
MARC: To Mendes, bless his heart, my email skills are not as strong.
MENDES: «Show me your writings!» Send all your bests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: January 26, 2018
FORMS: poems, short stories, book reviews, short essays, and art
THEME: Love, Spring and Revolution
SUBMISSION FEE: None