Kettle Blue Review is an independent online literary journal founded in 2014 by co-editors Lana Rakhman and Virginia Smith Rice. KBR is published biannually, and strives to be inclusive in its presentation of contemporary poetic voices. Their most recent issue from fall of 2017 includes work from Maggie Smith, Ace Boggess, and Andrea Witzke Slot among many other outstanding poets! You can read it here.
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked editor and co-founder Virginia Smith Rice and she kindly replied. See my interview with Rice and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Kettle Blue Review.
RICE: Kettle Blue Review is an independent online literary journal founded in 2014 by Lana Rakhman and Virginia Smith Rice. KBR is published biannually, and is currently edited by Lana, Virginia, and Aaron DeLee – Aaron joined us after a few issues because we love his poetry and his poetic leanings.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Kettle Blue Review originally started?
RICE: We wanted a way to stay involved with the literary community post-graduation (Lana, Aaron, and I are all grads of Northwestern's MFA program) and to advocate for the work we loved that was trying to find a place in the literary community. We all worked together when Lana was poetry editor at Tri-Quarterly and knew that we had a good system for reading and selecting poetry submissions.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
RICE: Kettle Blue Review is first and foremost interested in quality work by contemporary artists. It’s a platform for marginalized voices, especially those with a feminist and/or queer perspective. We also like to give middle and emerging artists an opportunity to be heard.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
RICE: We are fortunate in that a variety of high quality work is submitted to KBR, so there's not really a type of poem we 'never' see.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
RICE: So many! Southern Review, CutBank, Baltimore Review, Cincinnati Review, Superstition Review, Jet Fuel Review, Meridian, and Massachusetts Review, just to name a very few.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
RICE: Submission and contact info is available on our website, and we read year-round: https://www.kettlebluereview.com/
DEADLINE: Always Open
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None