Thursday, May 06, 2010

Duotrope Digest Interviews the Founder and Editor of The Smoking Poet

Editor Interview: The Smoking Poet

Q: Describe what you publish in 25 characters or less.

A: Smokin' words

—Zinta Aistars, editor-in-chief on 05 May 2010

Q: What other current publications (or publishers) do you admire most?

A: Our keenest competitors, although there really aren't any ... what we do is unique. That said, Drunken Boat, AGNI, Poets & Writers, Copper Canyon Press, Press 53, Her Circle Ezine, Poets Against War, Literary Traveler. More.

—Zinta Aistars, editor-in-chief on 05 May 2010

Q: If you publish fiction, who are your favorite fiction writers? If you publish poetry, who are your favorite poets?

A: Usually the ones we feature in that particular issue, because that means we've just spent a couple months immersed in their work. For the current issue (Spring 2010), that means Marge Piercy - her fiction, nonfiction, poetry. Just previous, we interviewed Bonnie Jo Campbell, whose "American Salvage," story collection published by Wayne State University Press, was a finalist for the National Book Award. Upcoming issue (Summer 2010) will be David Small and his graphic memoir, "Stitches." Ever read a comic book that brought tears to your eyes and haunted you? Yeah. Our upcoming feature poet will be Derick Burleson, Alaskan poet, who makes language a new discovery.

—Zinta Aistars, editor-in-chief on 05 May 2010

Q: What sets your publication apart from others that publish similar material?

Read the full interview on Duotrope Digest.
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  1. So, you're really smoking one while reading submissions? My goodness, isn't that dangerous or decadent?