I’ve had great fun over the last couple of weeks talking to my colleague Simon on The Writing Life podcast about how to get your poetry published. This is a question I’m often asked in my work as a programmer at National Centre for Writing, and I hope that the combination of my professional insight and personal experience will prove useful for fellow poets.
After a couple of years of thinking about it, I have launched Vessel, a new independent magazine exploring the ideas of poems as vessels.
Inspired in part by an interest in material culture and by Ursula K. Le Guin’s “Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction”, Vessel will explore, both formally and thematically, what a poem might hold, what might slip through it, and how it might contain.
There will be two DIY-printed issues per year, with a rolling co-editorship model. My longterm collaborator Cat Woodward will be joining me to co-edit the first issue.