We publish the best in contemporary poetry — exploring the intersection of poetry and the other arts and sciences, enhancing the role that poetry plays in enriching public discourse and maintaining a purposeful quality of life. As the Northwest's oldest literary magazine (established in 1959), we serve as a recognized forum where local, regional, and national writers, artists, and audiences connect. Print values inform our vision of poetry’s durability: poems, visual arts, and cultural commentary are orchestrated to bring the printed page to life.
Tips From the Editor
We favor no particular forms or styles. Rather, we're on the lookout for richness of language, poems that offer an experience, palpable or possible, of being in the world, poems that articulate a biography of imagination, that revel in slow time, deep time, upend-able sense. Founding editor Carolyn Kizer placed a special emphasis on encouraging the “raw, emerging talents, the neglected and overlooked,” and we continue to see ourselves as a gateway into the profession, remaining insistently open to young and emerging writers, alongside voices well-known and loved.