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. Overtly political poems are not what we're looking for.
Social Media Platforms Used
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
If Yes, Please Name
Eastern Connecticut State University
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Professor of English
Margaret Gibson, Charles Fort, Mohineet Boparai
Work accepted through Submittable. Read by Professor Daniel Donaghy and his student editors, which change from semester to semester.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
From 10 / 1 - 12 / 31
1 - 3 months
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Average Print Run
Single Copy Price
Total Number Of Issues Published
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
9 - 6
Average Number Of Pages
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 700 submissions.
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.