OPOSSUM Magazine

Type Of Organization
(423) 381-5737
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
OPOSSUM was founded in 2015 by writers John B. Edgar and Jon Ross as an intersectional arts journal focusing on literature animated by music. The name and idea of starting a journal came to JBE in a dream. The relationship to music needs not be explicit, as we are interested in discovering how it appears in each piece. Oftentimes the more difficult connections between music and literature are the most satisfying, so there is no hard rule as to how the music manifests or how much there must be. If you’re considering submitting, browse our archives to get a better idea our aesthetic and scope. We’re really proud of the work you’ll find there, so let us know if you come across something you love and we’ll forward any praise to the writer. Each annual issue of OPOSSUM features a 7” vinyl album (tucked into a pouch in the back) which includes recordings of poems and pose excerpts performed by the writers, often with musical accompaniment of some sort. The size of the record dictates the shape of the book, hence our distinctive 8×8 square format.

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Rima Ruhman
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Submissions Policy
Submissions to Opossum are taken through submittable and are open all year with the exception of the Opossum Prize, which is open Jan 1-May 31. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. We pay general contributors (see submittable page for rates)
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