Q: Why "outside voices"?
This line: "in our outside voices we are asking for" from Jim Behrle
. Long-winded & winding answer at link above.
Q: Why the little boy?
His energy. The genderlessness of the "little boy" as a trope. Etc.
Q: Where did the little boy come from?
A: I stole the larger graphic from Ric Royer, who stole it from someone else. See name
magazine, issue 4/5, pg. 1 Where it came from before that is a mystery to me.
Q: Where do you get your funding?
A: So far, from donations and pre-orders.
Q: Do you publish chapbooks?
A: Not at this time. Try Cy Gist
Q: Do you have a contest?
A. Not at this time. I don't want to encourage that kind of competition between poets. If you think you have a good manuscript and it seems to fit the specs outlined in "submissions," just send it to me.
Q: Why did you start a press when there are already so many presses?
A. I want to. I can.
Q. Who chooses what gets published?
A: I do. It's a one-woman operation at this point, though other women will be coming on board with their opinions and creative contributions soon.
Q: How do I get noticed by OV?
A: Submit material to Plantarchy
, OV's magazine of choice. If you don't know the names of the contributors to this zine, you might want to buy a copy before submitting your own work. I also read Ferrum Wheel
Q. What if I'm in high school but I'm a really good poet, can I send you my MS?
A. Yeah! Go for it. I can't guarantee that I'll publish it, but if you're a poet who's still stuck in the hell of k-12 I will give individual feedback to your MS. I am especially interested in keeping an eye on "developing" poets from creative writing programs at schools like the Alabama School of Fine Arts. Before sending out your manuscript--to anyone--you might want to try getting poems published in magazines or try winning contests for your age group (of which there are many, and you can make some money!) just to get your name out a little; otherwise it'll be tough to sell your book.
Q. What if I'm not American?
A. I don't care about this. I would prefer that work be in English, but with visual poetry sometimes it's impossible to tell anyway. If you are not from the US or Canada, I will need a list of your previous publications (magazines, books, chaps, etc.) so I can figure out who you are. Some international poets I'm interested in include Cia Rinne.