Vessel: the first podcast, with Cat Woodward

This year I founded Vessel, a new indie zine exploring poems as containers. Joining me to guest edit issue one is my long-time collaborator and friend Cat Woodward. As the submissions window for issue one draws to a close (23:59 BST on 28 August – more info here) we thought we’d do a short podcast about Vessel, the poems we love and what Cat will be looking for from the submissions we receive.

You can now listen to the podcast here and read the transcript over on the Vessel site. We talk about “open” poems, having a dig around inside words, and the spirit of Ursula Le Guin’s Carrier Bag Theory.

While I regularly interview authors for The Writing Life podcast, this is the first podcast I have produced and edited by myself and it has been a great learning curve. I can’t wait for the next episode in this very occasional podcast series, which will be in a few months time with the guest editor of issue 2… to be announced!

Vessel: Open call for issue 1

The submissions window for issue 1 of new, independent poetry magazine Vessel is now open until 23:59 on 28th August 2020.

Poets can send up to 4 poems and/or images for consideration to vesselpoetry@gmail.com. Full submissions guidelines and more about the editorial process can be found here.

Issue 1 is edited by Flo Reynolds and Cat Woodward.

Vessel

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.

Vessel will be seeking submissions of poems and images from 1st July 2020. You can find out more here, and read the submissions guidelines here. All enquiries and submissions can be sent to vesselpoetry@gmail.com.