The Bitter Oleander Press

Type Of Organization
(315) 637-3047
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
All of our issues include translations of living contemporary poets from all over the world in addition to English speaking poets and short fiction writers. Each issue features one poet in particular with both a generous selection of their work and an interview with our editor. All of our books present in a bilingual format the translations of poets as well from every part of the world. Such poets would be Alberto Blanco (Mexico), José-Flore Tappy (Switzerland), Eunice Odio (Costa Rica), Hai Zi (China), Salvador Novo (Mexico), Nicomedes Suaréz-Araúz (Bolivia), Kristiina Ehin (Estonia), Jacques Dupin (France), Nora Iuga (Romania, Christine Lavant (Austria), Karl Krolow (Germany) Pierre Voélin (Switzerland) and Ana Minga (Ecuador).

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Primary Editor/Contact Person
Paul B. Roth
Contact Title
editor & publisher
poetry, translation
Recent Awards Received
Shawn Fawson's book "Giving Way" received the Utah State Book Prize in 2011; Kristiina Ehin's book "1001 Winters" was short-l
Representative Authors
Jacques Dupin, Karl Krolow, Duane Locke
Submissions Policy
Ask with a SASE or via email whether we are looking for manuscripts.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
Reading Period
Year round
Reporting Time
1 - 2 months
Author Payments
The Bitter Oleander Press Library of Poetry Book Award which offers publication of the winning manuscript & a $1000 award.
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Year Founded
Small Press Distribution
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Paul B. Roth
Editor & Publisher
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
I created it in 1974.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
I tell myself what to do and I do it.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Be brief, make certain you're addressing the correct person in the cover letter and that you spell the name correctly especially after informing us how much of a fan you've been all these years.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
I receive them and read them within a thirty day period. Those selected from the first reading to be read again are set aside. Those are later read even more carefully for their inspiration and imaginative flow.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
To have my mind opened wide by something I never imagined before and in the words any poet at any time might read my way.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Unless you're just submitting by the roulette wheel method where simultaneous submissions are disseminated thoroughly from one coast to the next, and if you're serious about the work we do in relation to your own, then you should ask for a sample cop
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
Yes, Anthony Seidman's manuscript "On Carbon-Dating Hunger" arrived without any precedence and kept me awake for two straight nights wondering where this person's work had been all my life. Only to find out he had attended Syracuse University for fou
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?
Who loves imaginative work that evolves from terrestrial illuminations that surround us but which only the well-trained eye can see.