Harbor Review is a new online space for poetry and art. They publish two issues per year in the winter and summer. They are currently accepting general submissions for their winter issue as well as for their upcoming summer issue with the theme of “Blue,” which can be interpreted any way the poet/artist prefers.
I wondered how and why this literary magazine came to be, so I asked Poetry Editor Allison Blevins and she kindly replied. See my interview with Blevins and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Harbor Review.
BLEVINS: Harbor Review is an online space for poetry and visual art. We publish two issues a year. Each issue includes ten poets and ten artists. Our goal is to put poetry in conversation with visual art to create a new whole out of the unique pieces. I don’t think of the art as illustrating the poems. I hope each issue weaves the work together in a way that makes our readers think and question.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Harbor Review originally started?
BLEVINS: My chapbook Letters to Joan is forthcoming from Lithic Press this winter. The poems in the book are all ekphrastic and based on the work of the abstract painter Joan Mitchell. Harbor Review seemed like a natural evolution from my obsession with ekphrasis. I am very interested in the ways words interact with visual images, with color and line. I wanted to create a space to explore this interaction more.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
BLEVINS: I hope to find readers with open minds. I’ve intentionally kept each issue small. I hope the size and the format will give readers permission to slow down. You can read an issue of Harbor Review in one setting. I want readers who are willing to do the work of thinking about what a poem and piece of art have to say to each other.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
BLEVINS: I didn’t set out with a type in mind. I have found that smaller poems work better in this format, but if the right long poem comes along, it won’t be turned away. I really just want to see poems I can’t live without, poems that have something to declare to the world. I work closely with our art editor, Luke Blevins, to choose the art for each issue. We discuss each piece that comes in. We both want to see something new, and we want to have a physical reaction to the pieces in each issue. I hope we get submissions that are all wildly different from each other. That is my goal.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but never comes in?
BLEVINS: We have significantly more poems come in than pieces of visual art. Send us your art! Even if you think it won’t work in this format, we want it: pottery, collage, sculpture. We’d even be interested in the right piece of performance art. I would love to see more work from women, LGBT folks, and all marginalized voices. We’d also love to see more experimental work.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
BLEVINS: The New Verse News, Tin House, Rust + Moth, Thrush, Sinister Wisdom, Mid-American Review, Nimrod International Journal, Lavender Review
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
BLEVINS: Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEADLINE: Always open
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry and art