Fond farewell to Literary Mama

This month is the first in almost nine years that I haven’t helped to prepare the September issue of Literary Mama. This summer, I handed the Poetry Editor reins to my talented colleague and poetic co-conspirator Juli Anna Herndon so I could pursue a writing career. The Poetry department, and the overall site, is in […]

Submission considerations

It took dealing with lots of submissions as an editor for me to wake up. When I’m reading subs for Literary Mama, I have to consider many factors: Does the poem move me, is it well-crafted, does it fit the journal’s mission and style? And of course, where can I fit it, and do we […]

Beyond “write what you know”

Every once in a while, I come across something offensive. via GIPHY I don’t, generally, offend easily. Mostly because I tend to avoid that which I know is going to be problematic. (Ahem, politics.) But as an editor, and a reviewer, I don’t get to filter before I read. I am the filter. And that’s […]

Self-editing, Round 1

I finished a draft of my book the other day. Eleven chapters, 43 pages, 12,000 words. Yay, right? Almost immediately I felt dissatisfied. It wasn’t working. I couldn’t even complete the final chapter. I was bored by my own book. Who would read it if I didn’t want to?