Eastern Connecticut State University

Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
Here seeks to present in each annual issue diverse, wide-ranging, and powerful responses in poetry to the essential and endless questions related to "being here" that are implied by the journal's title. What does it mean to be here, truly, or to have been here, back from "there," against whatever odds and forces? The journal is open to work written in all forms and encourages those writing from the margins, whatever those may be, to submit their work. Along with the questions the title raises, we hope, too, that a generosity of spirit emanates from the journal and the poems within it. Here, the title says to you, take this. May it be a good companion for you over a cup of coffee or two, on a road trip, and perhaps far beyond that. Also embedded in the title is, too, a tone a confrontation, or at least a challenge: Here, it says to you, deal with me. Our goal as editors is to bring you, in each issue, a collection of necessary voices bearing witness to what it means to be alive in that moment. We're interested in how you find art within the day-to-day struggle of living. Recent issues have focused on poems that address racial equity and social as well as environmental justice.

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Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Eastern Connecticut State University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Daniel Donaghy
Contact Title
Professor of English
Recent Awards Received
Poem reprinted in the 2023 Pushcart Prize XLVII: Best of the Small Presses
Representative Authors
Margaret Gibson, José B. Gonzalez, Mohineet Boparai
Submissions Policy
Work accepted through Submittable. Read by Professor Daniel Donaghy and his student editors, which change from semester to semester.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
From 10 / 1 - 12 / 31
Reporting Time
1 - 3 months
Author Payments
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Year Founded
ISBN Number
Average Print Run
Total Circulation
Single Copy Price
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
9 - 6
Average Number Of Pages
Daniel Donaghy
Professor of English
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I've been at Eastern Connecticut State University since 2005. PhD in English (U of Rochester), MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) (Cornell University), MA in English/Creative Writing (Hollins College), BA in English (Kutztown University).
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
I am the founder and editor of the journal. Each semester, I have student editing interns who help me review submissions and communicate with writers. That number varies, but is capped at 5.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Keep it short and friendly. Please don't explain the poems.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
This year, we received over 1000 submissions. They are each read by multiple members of our editorial team, which consists of me and my creative writing and magazine editing students.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Urgency. Clarity. Honesty. Sense of craft. Precise and surprising use of language/structure that leads me toward something I've never heard before.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Read our journal. Back issues are free online. Send us your best work. Add to the story that we've been telling. Help us reflect aspects of the world not yet seen in our journal.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
We've discovered many wonderful writers from overseas. We're thankful for those poems, which have led us to become a truly international poetry journal.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
A patient, open-minded, big-hearted listener. Here: a poetry journal gathers stories from all over the world that bear witness to being alive. We learn a lot putting each issue together. We hope that each of our readers has a similar experience.