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  • Why Critique Never Matters

    I remember receiving my first review for a book I wrote from a person I didn’t know. It was horrible. The reviewer basically said something that is my worst nightmare: “it had potential but fell flat on its face.” It reminded me of the comment of one of the literary snobs that read my work and said, without any empathy or regard for my emotions: “this is not writing, this is shit.” I remember sobbing about it, even after I learned not to take things personally during my years spend in therapy.
  • A Cup of Coffee with George J. Cardy

    George J Cardy is a brand-new poet on our radar who writes about human relationships and her personal experiences. We had a little chat with her about her work and her influences. George's poetry can be found in our Winter 2020 Edition.
  • Silas Denver Melvin on 'Grit'

    Silas Denver Melvin (2000) is a queer, trans masculine poet from Southern N.H. As an introverted Gemini, he's been writing ever since he learned how to hold a pencil. At 20, he's published poetry with several outlets. Grit is his first collection of poems to be published. 
  • A Cup of Coffee with Sarah Herrin

    Sarah Herrin (she/her) is a bisexual poet who writes about the transcendent beauty of nature and the delicious contradictions of love. Raised in the Deep South, she followed the yellow brick road to the Pacific Northwest. She earned a BFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she studied Sequential Art and Creative Writing in Southern France. She is a gemologist, runner, cat-mom, and Bowie-lover.
  • ‘A Space For Dead Flies & Dust’ by E.T. Reyes

    E. T. Reyes has a clear command of form that comes through in the way she sets the stage in each poem – a crime scene, a love scene, or a shade of both. In the title poem, she immediately grabs our attention with the mystery of It, and alerts our senses as we feel the poem materialize around us.
  • A Cup of Coffee with Sean Felix

    Sean Felix @thedawnwriter (he/him) is an African-American poet, born and raised in the United States, in Washington, DC. Sean now lives in Maryland. Poetry is the art life that drives him to critique what is wrong, and to embrace what is beautiful and strange. Sean is also one of our brand new digital editors.
  • A Cup of Coffee with Esperanza Reyes

    Esperanza Reyes is a multi-talented artist we met on the gram as @e.t.reyes. Not only does she write delicately thoughtful poetry with an edge, she accompanies her words with digital collages as well. We had a little chat with Esperanza and are proud her work is featured in our first anthology.
  • Sunday Mornings at Elliot Bay

    This is the one where Sarah meets Emma. We spent a week running around Seattle while news on Corona started spreading. Our Patti Smith concert got cancelled on the day of the gig, our open mics had the same fate. So we decided to have an Instagram live reading from our books in the hotel where Patti was staying and escaping to Portland to browse its massive book collection and drink some pale ale.
  • Sunday Mornings at the Amstel

    Emma Williamson is one of the poets we have been following for a while. When she told us she was coming to Amsterdam we jumped at the change to meet her. We sipped Chardonnay and cleaned up dog pee while we watched Amsterdam bike scenes unfold before our eyes.
  • Sunday Mornings at the Hudson

    When we told Seattle based poet friend Sarah Herrin that we were going to visit New York, she told us that she was going to jump on a plane from Seattle and meet us there. She also introduced us to her poet friends Sharese and Patrick. We had a couple of beers together and talked poetry.
  • Designing Your Book

    I remember setting out to publish my first book of poetry and asking for a quote at this design studio that I loved. When the quote came back and equalled like three payslips (which I would have gladly paid if I didn’t have to, you know, pay rent, groceries, feed my dog and pay for the clothes on my body) I was taken aback for a minute. I studied photography at art school and was neck deep in student loans, so I thought, why not look into this Canva thing someone mentioned. I knew about images, just sucked at shooting them, I knew about what designs I liked, just wasn’t able to create them myself, so Canva turned out to be a lifesaver.
  • A Cup of Coffee with Emma Williamson

    Emma Williamson is a poet and fiction writer (she/her) living in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and son. Through her work she strives to encourage readers to reflect, feel, and recognize their shared humanity and capacity for redemption and evolution.