Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.
QUESTION: We recently asked you what questions you’d like answered in our Friday Fun post. Today, we’re answering the following reader question:
Lisa J. Jackson: If you’re interested in having your poetry heard, seeking out open mic nights at book stores, cafes, and such places can be a good start. Asking your local librarians about other poets… searching meetup.com for local poets may also be an option. Coffee shops and poets seem to go together, too.
As far as getting poetry published, Google various terms such as “publishing poetry”. I found Poetry Magazine that way, here is a link to their submissions page. Lots of magazines use poems as fillers. Here’s a list of publications willing to accept online submissions. It’s quite long, so perhaps a good place to start.
Diane MacKinnon: Hi Renee Nichole! I don’t have anything to add to what Lisa wrote, as I’ve never tried to get any poetry published, but I just wanted to say I love reading poetry, especially when I find it unexpectedly (like in a non-poetry magazine, as Lisa mentioned.) Good luck with finding a place for your poetry. Lisa’s list looks like a great start!
Deborah Lee Luskin: Renee, you raise an important distinction: the difference between “being published’ and being “read by someone.” Before sending poems out for publication, I’d suggest finding other poets to work with. I think you’ll learn a lot by doing this, including where other poets submit poetry. Good luck!