CFP: [Poetry] African American Poetry (2/1/09; journal issue)

full name / name of organization: 
Susan B.A. Somers-Willett
contact email: 

Rattle, a biannual literary journal, is accepting submissions of poetry
written by African Americans and essays about contemporary African
American poetry (open to authors of all backgrounds) for a special
tribute to African American poets. The issue will feature interviews
with Toi Derricotte and Terrance Hayes alongside the work of about two
dozen African American poets in the tribute section and selected essays
(1000-2500 words each) written in conversational, non-academic prose.
Essays should not be about a particular author but should instead address
the overall landscape of African American poetry today and/or the
entanglements of representation and readership inherent in contemporary
African American poetics. Those interested in writing an essay should
contact Editor Tim Green ( with a proposed topic and
outline. Poems of any length or style are welcome.

Rattle is a print journal (digest size, perfect-bound, 200pp.) based in
Los Angeles. We only publish poetry, interviews, and essays about
poetry. About 75% of each issue is open to any poem or subject, and 25%
is dedicated to a special section focusing on a specific ethnic,
vocational, or stylistic group. In the past, this has included Native
American Poets, Italian Poets, Lawyer Poets, Nurse Poets, Slam Poets and
Cowboy Poets. The poems for this special section don't have to be about
the African American experience; they can be on any subject or of any
style. We want to represent the broad scope of what African Americans
are writing today.

To submit, send poems in an email to Please put
your name and "African American Submission" in the subject line, and
include all the poems and contact info in the email. Simultaneous
submissions are OK, and authors can expect to receive a response in two
months or less. You can find more detailed submission info at: and more information about the
tribute to African American poets at

Hardcopy submissions accompanied with a SASE are also welcome. Send to:

12411 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604

The deadline for all submissions is February 1st. Questions regarding
the issue can be directed to Tim Green, Editor (

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