EDITOR'S STATEMENT, ISSUE 8
For more than a year, Slope has tried to provide to a fine, eclectic array
of poets from around the world - the United States, Australia, England,
Europe, and beyond - an electronic venue for their work. With Issue 8,
we are proud to introduce to the web one of the first Welsh poetry
collections (either in print or on the Internet) in recent American memory.
We find it imperative to share with the world poetry from groups of writers
who are often overlooked or, worse, ignored. Thus we compiled this issue
(many thanks to the esteemed Peter Finch for guest-editing the proceedings)
with great pleasure, and hope to introduce a number of readers to the vital
and multi-faceted Welsh poetry scene.
The nearly 30 poets included command, and deserve, a wider international
audience for their work. We hope we have done our part to foster and kindle
interest in Welsh verse, to dispel the unfortunate misconception by many that
poetry in Wales began and ended with Dylan Thomas.
- Ethan Paquin, 2 January 2001
Slope is a bi-monthly, online journal devoted to contemporary poetry being
written around the globe in English. We print only new, original and previously
unpublished poems. Contributors hail from countries including Australia, England,
Wales, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. We encourage new and
emerging writers, while continuing to publish award-winning and established poets.
Slope occasionally features "sampler" issues. Recent examples include New
Avant Poetry (Issue 5) and Contemporary Womens Poetry (Issue 6); upcoming
is a selection of Serbian and Croatian poetry (Issue 10). Poets featured and/or
forthcoming in Slope include James Tate, Forrest Gander, Heather McHugh,
Dara Wier, Franz Wright, Eric Pankey, Eugen Jebeleanu, Matthew Rohrer,
Mary Jo Bang, Ron Silliman, Joe Wenderoth, John Kinsella, Timothy Liu,
Margot Schilpp, Pam Brown, Kevin Hart, Lee Upton, Peter Minter, Brian Henry,
Katy Lederer, Drew Milne, Mark Bibbins, Coral Hull, Bob Hicok, Graham Foust,
Jonathan Monroe, Susan Schultz, Louis Armand, Spencer Selby, Christine Hume,
Javant Biarujia, and many others.
The editor invites electronic submissions of 2 to 6 poems in experimental and
All poems submitted must be previously unpublished and accompanied by a
brief biographical note. Unsolicited poems, reviews, interviews and poems in
translation will be considered year-round. Please query before sending reviews
Poets retain all rights to their work. All poems (c) 2000-2001 the poets.
Unfortunately, we can not at this time offer payment for any work accepted.
SLOPE EVENTS & NEWS
January 12, 2001 Gallery Bershad, named 2000 Boston Gallery of the Year
by The Boston Phoenix, hosts a Slope reading/concert/party at 7 p.m. The
public is invited. Admission is $3. Readers include Franz Wright, Sean Singer,
Matthew Zapruder and Peter Richards; performing live are The Figments
(Natural Disaster Records). Visit the gallery website for details and directions.
May 3 and 4, 2001 The University of Massachusetts at Amherst hosts "Big Small
Press Fest 2001," a weekend of readings, panels and receptions featuring alumni
of the UMass MFA program who have gone on to edit journals and presses.
Slope will be represented in a panel discussion on electronic publishing. More
details are forthcoming.
A print collection of poems published in Slope is being planned.
Editor & Founder: Ethan Paquin
Australia Editor: Michael Farrell
Guest Editor for Issue 8: Peter Finch
Designer: Steve Palmer, 76design