Rogue Agent is a monthly online poetry and visual art journal under the umbrella of Sundress Publications. They just published their 73rd issue and are open to submissions of poetry and artwork year-round, but request you submit no more than twice a year. Make sure to check out their “For Inspiration” page to read the poems they admire. Per their About page, “Rogue Agent wants to dismantle oppression. Rogue Agent wants to empower the body’s truth. Share your stories about the poem that is the body.” For more information, see my interview with Editor in Chief Jill Khoury and Assistant Editor Jen Stein with a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Rogue Agent.
JSH: Rogue Agent is a home for the celebration / frustration / experience / joy / the multitudes the body can contain. We look for poetry and artwork that speaks to what it’s like to live in the poet or artist’s body. Every individual experiences embodiment differently. These poetic approaches can be straightforward or stylized. We also stand with the Black Lives Matter movement. We welcome and encourage submissions from Black and Indigenous writers, and all writers of color.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Rogue Agent originally started?
JK: Rogue Agent was originally started because I was looking for places to publish poetry of disability and I could not find journals that were dedicated to where the body intersects identity. I was looking for a whole journal dedicated to all the identities the body can encompass. Although there’s a few really great journals dedicated to disability, I wanted to build a place where the body was central, open to all identities and lived experiences in the body.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
JSH: I feel like marginalized people – for example, as a disabled writer, I can feel like I don’t always have a connection to community – should read our journal. But I also feel that a more generalized audience will benefit from reading Rogue Agent, because understanding the lived experiences of others is how we as writers grow and we as people learn and empathize with others. So our audience is everyone who likes poetry or art, basically.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
JK: For poetry, we publish short to medium length poetry, although we do occasionally publish the longer poem. We especially look for poems that are paying attention to craft, taking risks with form and language, and have musicality. For art, we like anything from photographs to collages to videos to photographs of sculpture and fabric arts. Honestly, we are open to anything that’s embodied.
HOPKINSON: What sort of poem misses the mark for Rogue Agent?
JK: Very often, we must reject poems that are beautifully crafted because they are from, for example, caregivers of disabled people. While these poems have a place in the world, Rogue Agent is more interested in having the disabled body control the narrative.
JSH: Poems in which the narrative is from an “othered” perspective are not a good fit for the theme of Rogue Agent, for example, whether they’re from caregivers or parents (but the poem is about their child), or racism from a privileged perspective.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
JK: Muzzle, Lunch Ticket, Really System, Everything in Aspic, Pretty Owl Poetry, Glass: A Poetry Journal, West Trestle, Diode
JSH: Rust + Moth, Psaltery & Lyre, Waxwing, Yes Poetry, Cahoodaloodaling, Stirring, Split/Lip Press, Cotton Xenomorph, Whale Road Review
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Rogue Agent?
JSH: Being a part of a vibrant literary community and helping to promote embodiment poetry; especially for me, giving a home to disabled voices that can so often be overlooked. I heard one too many times people saying that “nobody wants to read about that” – and I am happy to be a part of a journal that is actively working to change that narrative.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
Submissions can be sent via email to email@example.com. Read the guidelines on our website and submit to us your best work! Please note – do not use a PDF unless you must.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Always Open
THEMES: Embodied identity, race, gender, religion, motherhood, sexuality, disability – anywhere the body intersects identities
SUBMISSION FEE: None
ISSUE FREQUENCY: Monthly on the 1st of the month
AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME: 4-8 weeks
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Yes
FORMS: Poetry and Artwork
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