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.
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!
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.