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Interview
By Amy Lam

Hieu Minh Nguyen on vulnerability, whiteness, and why he loves the Midwest.

  • Essay
    By Peter Moskowitz

    Donald Britton died young but left behind poetry of secretive beauty.

  • Essay
    By Nick Ripatrazone

    In his new book, Matthew Dickman confronts a world in which God is everywhere and nowhere.

  • Prose from Poetry Magazine
    By Sarah Browning

    Split This Rock 2018.

  • Prose from Poetry Magazine
    By Eric Elshtain

    Poems and visual art by Snow City Arts students.

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By Noel Black

A couple years ago, a poet friend asked me for advice on opening a non-profit small press bookstore and arts space. My wife, visual artist Marina Eckler, had recently opened Mountain Fold Books here in Colorado Springs. We’d been open for about two years at the time, and thriving. We had just put in a café and hired an employee. We had regular, well-attended events with amazing artists and writers both from here in town and from around the world. We managed to raise a really decent amount of money, and we managed to do it in a socially and politically conservative mid-size city that just about no one thinks of when they think of the arts. Advice being cheap, I gave it freely. Then, not six months later, and two months before the Ghost Ship fire, we closed. I’m now more qualified to give advice about closing a small press bookstore (or not opening one in the first place) and would like to offer a few thoughts for those poets and artists thinking about starting poet- or artist-run spaces.

  • By erica lewis

    I've been thinking about race and politics a lot. And the ancestors. And what it means to not just survive. Surviving beyond Black power...

  • By Jennifer Moxley

    In communities of poets, one can sometimes perceive a faint hum of grumbling ambivalence about the fact that many of us fell in love...

  • By Brandon Brown

    I’m sure that most of you are familiar with a few myths of durability which are, finally, fake news. Of course, if you swallow...

  • By Carmen Giménez Smith

    We are here to say no. This is a statement of utter denouncement of utter refusal of white supremacist redeployment of the treatment of...

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