Juniper is a new online poetry journal, published three times a year, in February, June and October. I love the simple, yet pleasing design of this web-based journal. It’s easy to navigate and easy to read. To get a feel for what types of poetry they publish, you can read past issues online, including the Summer 2019 issue, and my poem “glass-bottom boat.”
I was curious how and why this poetry journal began, so I asked Founding Editor Lisa Young a few questions to find out. See my interview with Young and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Juniper.
YOUNG: Juniper is an online poetry journal, established in the spring of 2017. We publish three times a year in February, June and October. We welcome submissions from emerging and established poets.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Juniper originally started?
YOUNG: I didn’t know I was going to create Juniper until it happened late one night. I was reading Petal Journal and was so inspired by the content and design and I thought, I can do this too. The next thing I knew I was launching the inaugural issue of Juniper.
Even though the idea sprang up suddenly, I’d always wanted to be a publisher. I came up with the name Juniper back in the early 1990s, although at the time I envisioned becoming a book publisher. But book publishing is such a tremendous amount of work!
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
YOUNG: Poems that continue to resonate long after I’ve read them. The focus of the journal is on poetry that deepens our understanding of ourselves and the world(s) we live in. We want poetry that renews us, that fortifies us, that makes us come back to ourselves.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
YOUNG: I’d love to see more experiments with form. A few more sonnets, for example. Or what about haibun or sestinas?
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
YOUNG: Lit mags I continually return to include: Minola Review, Poetry, Petal Journal, The /tƐmz/ Review, Big Smoke Poetry, and Thrush.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
YOUNG: Please see our submission guidelines.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
YOUNG: For questions about Juniper, I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Jan. 31, 2020
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
DUOTROPE: https://duotrope.com/listing/22760/juniper-a-poetry-journal, including the Duotrope editor interview