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Winter 2006 Issue: Calls for Submissions.

How2 FORUM: Small Press Publishing


I had come to realize that poetry exists not in isolation (alone on its lonely page) but in transit, as experience, in the social worlds of people. For poetry to exist, it has to be given meaning, and for meaning to develop there must be communities of people thinking about it. Publishing books as I did was a way of contributing to such a community—even a way of helping to invent it. Invention is essential to every aspect of a life of writing.

—Lyn Hejinian


This forum on small press publishing attempts to explore the work of individuals and communities of poets who are publishing books and inventing the ways in which writing is re/produced.

From forming editorial collectives to self-publishing, as poet-publishers and reader-writers, what models do we have to offer, imagine, devise (or how might existing publishing and distribution models potentially be mediated) as we endeavor to build innovative publishing structures that defend and invent the conditions under and within which our writing exists, is produced and distributed?

Small press publishing of innovative poetries provides a distinct subaltern model to existing modes of literary production and their means of distribution. How might an editorial poetics of publishing that includes (or exists exclusively as) gift economy alter, challenge and create economic and aesthetic resistance or subversion? Independent publishers, specifically those committed to avant-garde writing and its strategies, engage modes of representation that often are under specific pressures. What happens when presses commit to publishing chapbooks, either exclusively or in part? Where do chapbooks fall within this rubric of small press publishing, particularly as few bookstores or distributors are willing to carry them?

Many independent publishers are committed to an editorial practice that challenges competition and the contest system now common to many university and not-for-profit presses, especially in the United States. In what ways might contest-driven / competition models blunt critical inquiry or limit the possibilities of poetry itself? Communities tend to coalesce for a variety of reasons; how might we describe the communities that editors, publishers, distributors, poets and readers of independent presses are in the process of participating in &/or inventing?

We invite How2 readers to write a brief response to these questions as well as others this forum might raise. Please send your response in MS Word format to Jane Sprague at janesprague@gmail.com by 12/21/05. Questions are also welcome.

Call for Submissions



How2, the US-based e-journal of innovative writing and poetics, invites submissions of innovative poetry by Indian women poets for its Spring 2006 issue.

The work will be considered for a special feature to be coordinated by poet Mani Rao.

How2 is an established journal with a broad, cross-national readership. The current online issue was reviewed in May 2005 by poet Ron Silliman as “one of the two or three richest & most varied resources on the web, not just for women writing ‘experimentally,’ but for all writing, period.”

If you would like to send work for consideration, please email 3-6 pieces of unpublished orrecent work to Mani Rao at mani@manirao.netHow2 emphasizes innovation in contemporary poetry and writing by women. Please send work that YOU feel is ‘innovative’. Examples of previously published work can be viewed at the journal’s website: http://how2journal.com

Submission guidelines are below, and you are welcome to email Mani for further details or with any questions. Thank you for taking the time to submit your work to How2 magazine.


The deadline for submissions is 7 December 2005. Selected entries will be notified by email in December.

  • Please send your entry as ONE file attachment, ie., not within the body of an email. Format: Microsoft Word document or RTF (Rich Text Format).
  • Please include a short Biographical Note which conveys some idea about your working practices as a poet, including the places from which you write.


  • The standard font for How2 is Georgia or Times New Roman.
  • Layout: In most cases, we produce poems in single space, and prose pieces in double space. If your piece requires a different sort of line spacing, please indicate this and we will try to accommodate you. Please use tabs rather than the spacebar when formatting poems. Arrangements using the spacebar are lost when converted to HTML.

For our next issue we invite submissions for a critical feature on the writings of Carla Harryman. We are interested in critical essays and readings which might consider her work and its relationship to performance, theatre and poetics and in particular how her plays and poems relate to recent traditions and developments in the international contexts of avant-garde writing practices. Issues to consider might include gender, site-specific writing, visual arts, film, subjectivities, live art, performing objects, Poets Theater, politics, the body and eroticism. More information on recent work by Carla Harryman can be found at http://performingobjects.com/

In our next issue we will also be focussing on the lively and thriving world of bookarts and seeking to address the relative lack of critical discussion in this area, particularly as it relates to the women writers and artists who actively consider the format and site of the book in relation to the production of their work. We are inviting submissions of essays / readings on a range of topics in relation to poetry and the book. We are particularly interested in critical articles that might consider visual poetics in relation to the book, technologies of the book, the book as a conceptual object, the book and digital writing, books and site-specific work, books and performance, discussions of collaborations between artists and poets, and reviews and readings of books which challenge the form of the book alongside a questioning of conventional language structures through a range of
writing and making practices. We are especially interested in articles which focus on traditions and histories of the book in relation to Modernist and contemporary practice by women artists and writers.

Please see our formatting guidelines and send completed submissions (max. 3000 words) to Dell Olsen redellolsen@btinternet.com by December 7th 2005.

Volume 2 Issue 3 Associate Editors:

Critical feature on Nicole Brossard:
Jodi Lundgren (CAN): Jlundgren@tru.ca
Kelly-Anne Maddox (CAN): Kmaddox@cariboo.bc.ca

Contemporary Japanese Poetry in Translation:
Sawako Nakayasu (Japan): sawako@factorial.org

New Media:
Redell Olsen (UK): redellolsen@btinternet.com

New Writing — Modern Singapore Poetry:
Grace Chia (Singapore-UK): gracechia@gmail.com

New Writing — 14 Poets:
Kate Fagan (AUS): kfag6311@mail.usyd.edu.au
Redell Olsen (UK): redellolsen@btinternet.com

Special feature on Alice Duer Miller:
Catherine Daly (US): cadaly@pacbell.net


Please send submissions or proposals for feature sections to Kate Fagan (editor) or Dell Olsen (managing editor). See Editorial Advisory Board list below for addresses.

To see formatting details for submitting work, please go to the gray bar at the bottom of this page and select == how to.

Please send submissions
to Kate Fagan kfag6311@mail.usyd.edu.au

Review copies of texts can be posted to:
Kate Fagan
Editor, HOW2
26 Iredale St
Newtown SNW
Australia 2042

InPrint and Updates:
Please send submissions to:
Redell Olsen redellolsen@btinternet.com

Please send any interesting snippets of correspondence to:
Lauren Shufran laurenshufran@yahoo.com and Alli Warren alliwarren@hotmail.com


Pam Brown (AUS): pbro7194@mail.usyd.edu.au

Kate Fagan (AUS): kfag6311@mail.usyd.edu.au

Kathleen Fraser (USA): kfraser@sfsu.edu

Elisabeth Frost (USA): efrost@fordham.edu

Arielle Greenberg (USA): ariellecg@yahoo.com

Jeanne Heuving (USA): jheuving@u.washington.edu

Laura Hinton (USA): laurahinton@earthlink.net

Linda Kinnahan (USA): kinnahan@duq3.cc.duq.edu

Kimberly Lamm: fus31@hotmail.com

Marina Morbiducci (Italy/Malta): marmorb@libero.it

Renata Morresi (Italy): morresi.r@mercurio.it

Sawako Nakayasu (Japan): sawako@factorial.org

Redell Olsen (UK): redellolsen@btinternet.com

Frances Presley (UK): frances@presley.ndo.co.uk

Linda Russo (USA): lvrusso@acsu.buffalo.edu

Kathy Lou Schultz (USA): klou@dept.english.upenn.edu

Sun Yung Shin (USA): sys@sunyungshin.com

Roberta Sims (US): rsims@bucknell.edu

Romney Steele (USA): romneysteele@sbcglobal.net

Ann Vickery (AUS): vickery_ann@yahoo.com