The Revolution (Relaunch) is a monthly online and print literary publication and a revisionary, radical, and creative resurgence of the weekly women's rights newspaper founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (1868-1872), which was the official publication of the National Woman Suffrage Association.
Per their About page, their “objective is to provide a space for creative activism, for arts-based research and commentary, thereby producing a diverse body of compassionate, lyrical resistance as opposed to an inflamed polemic.”
I was curious how and why this literary newspaper began, so I asked Founding Editor/Editor-in-chief Rosemarie Dombrowski some questions to find out. See my interview with Dombrowski and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about The Revolution (Relaunch).
DOMBROWSKI: The Revolution (Relaunch) (TRR) is a revisionary, radical, and creative resurgence of its harbinger, The Revolution, which was the weekly women's rights newspaper founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony in 1868. Though we're based in Phoenix, AZ, we're not limited in scope or vision--geographic, demographic, or otherwise.
We're interested in publishing literary, historical, and cultural commentary (under 750 words) with relevance to the contemporary socio-political landscape, as well as social justice-oriented flash memoir/fiction and poetry.
Our topical landscape is feminism, though in the broadest, most inclusive connotation of the word, meaning in addition to engaging with organizations, activists, and writers working in the area of women's rights and reproductive rights, we're equally interested in socio-economic and access-based issues, education, indigenous rights and land rights, the LatinX community and the border, immigrant and migrant rights, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, and disability rights.
HOPKINSON: How/why was The Revolution (Relaunch) originally started?
DOMBROWSKI: I stumbled upon the original in late spring (2019), amidst the wave of clinic closures and restrictions on reproductive rights around the country. Additionally, the border/immigration issues that have plagued our state (AZ) for decades were becoming national (if not global) human rights atrocities. Thus, it seemed like it was time to reignite the fervor of the first wave of feminism because basic human rights were (and are) at stake again.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
DOMBROWSKI: Well, we have to start with our base, i.e. the creatives and the activists. We want them to see what's possible when the creative and the critical commingle in a publication that's dedicated to furthering social justice through "creative activism." From there, we're hoping that people who are interested in supporting the agency of all citizens will acknowledge the value and appeal of the work that we're curating. Of course, we want anyone who's desirous and/or in need of a platform to find us as well.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
DOMBROWSKI: Broadly speaking, we're looking for creative activism, social justice-oriented writing. Genre-wise, we're interested in poetry and flash memoir, flash fiction and literary journalism, cultural commentary and profiles. We're also very interested in scholarship that connects the 19th century origins of suffrage and abolitionist politics to the current socio-political climate--everything that a 19th century newspaper would've included in their pages and then some.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
DOMBROWSKI: I want scholars to present their work - work that weaves meaningful threads between the 19th century and the present - in concise packages, in ways that feel relevant to a general readership as opposed to an academic one. I've been hungry for this for decades--activist-minded work that lives at the intersection of the critical, the creative, and the popular.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
DOMBROWSKI: Brevity has been my favorite for years. I'm a voracious reader of flash, especially flash memoir. I was recently published by Into the Void (flash memoir, ironically), and I really like their style as well. My newest obsession is Avidly, which is a division of the LA Times Review of Books. It's dedicated to pop-culture-oriented literary scholarship, and it's delicious!
Ironically, I don't cruise the small press world for a lot of poetic content because I run a small press dedicated solely to publishing micro-collections of micropoetry - rinky dink press - so I'm constantly reading submissions. Additionally, American poetry is my area of specialization in my academic/teaching life, so I use poets.org and the Poetry Foundation daily.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with The Revolution (Relaunch)?
DOMBROWSKI: My favorite part has been curating the editorial board, watching the editors shape their various roles. Not to mention the fact that the ed board is kind of a dream team, one that's comprised of some of my favorite local poets as well as some of my most admired colleagues, former students, and community-based partners. I'm particularly fond of the division of labor, the ownership each editor has over their area of content. Some editors read poetry and nonfiction submissions, others solicit scholarship, others curate historical content, others conduct interviews. I primarily establish deadlines, write editorials, source all the artwork, and curate the online and print editions.
I also love the community-building that this kind of work fosters. I suppose that's why I've been doing it (i.e. running small presses/publications) since 2005. Nurturing a literary community beyond the classroom/walls of the university has always been a priority for me, and I think that that, in and of itself, constitutes a kind of creative activism.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
DOMBROWSKI: Given that we're a newspaper that publishes on the first of every month, we have no deadlines and are always looking for new content--social justice-oriented writing under 750 words in every genre, from poetry to flash memoir, literary and cultural commentary to visual art. Send your submissions and inquiries to email@example.com. You can also reach us through our website at www.therevolutionrelaunch.com
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Open year-round
FORMAT: print and online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: prose, poems, and visual art