Poetry of the American Southwest, No. 2, Persona Poems
Submission period: July 1 – November 30, 2015
Editors Scott Wiggerman and Cindy Huyser are looking for well-crafted poems written in personae associated with the Southwest region of the United States — poems that demonstrate a strong connection to the land, history, and/or culture of the region. Personae can be famous, infamous, or relatively unknown; historical figures or characters from documented myth or folklore, living or dead. No stereotypes or bland generalizations, please! We are looking for a wide spectrum that reflects the rich heritage of the Southwest: Buffalo Soldiers, pioneers, tribal chiefs, artists, midwives, vaqueros, homesteaders, women who passed as men, ranchers, explorers, miners, lawmen, berdaches, outlaws, entrepreneurs, rabbis, preachers, curanderas, figures from Native American myths. . . .
While there is room for the well-known—Geronimo, O’Keeffe, La Llorona, Esteban, Kit Carson, etc.—we would very much like to see poems in the personae of lesser-known figures such as Chester Nez, Bill Pickett, Willie Velasquez, Kitty Leroy, Hoodoo Brown, LaDonna Harris, Henry Trust, and Jacob de Cordova. Surprise us! Sing to us in the voices of those forgotten in the stubble of history.
Only poems written in a persona will be considered. The speaker should clearly not be the poet-author. Think of the persona poem as one which reveals the character of the speaker, allowing the reader to empathize with him or her. For additional information on the persona poem, including sample poems, click here >>
- We accept submissions only through Submittable.
- Submit 1-3 original, unpublished poems, in a single document, each poem on a separate page.
- Poems must be no longer than 65 lines — including spaces and title.
- With each poem, provide a one to three-sentence contextual note that identifies its speaker. We may use this note in the anthology itself.
- Do not put your name or any other identifying information on the document that holds the poems you submit. Do not include your name in the file name for your submission. We follow a “blind” reading system: our editors read all poetry submissions without knowing who wrote the poems.
- Use Times New Roman 12 pt. for the text of your submission. Single space your poems; double space between stanzas.
- Include a 60-word bio written in third person, providing specific information about your writing life and your previous publishing credits.
- We welcome the expression of diverse voices, diverse cultures — including poems partly or entirely in Spanish. Please include an English translation of a poem written in a language other than English.
- No previously published poems — print or online — including poems posted on personal websites or social network websites. If a poem can be found searching Google, we consider it published.
- No simultaneous submissions. Our production schedule is too tight to accommodate poems submitted elsewhere
- Acceptance for publication conveys First North American Serial Rights, first-print publication rights, and the right to post work accepted for publication on the Dos Gatos Press website. Rights revert to the author upon publication. Payment is one contributor’s copy of the anthology.