Perhaps my skepticism about poetry being ALIVE was too skeptical? I am finding many fine literary magazines and communities, online and in paper, if I just take the time to look about a bit. What’s different for me, however, is how many of the publications are online only or mainly online. For an oldster like me who loves to learn and use technology, that’s fine. I am just happy that literacy in all its forms appears to be thriving.
One publication I just found is Ink & Voices, which can be found here: Ink & Voices.
Ink and Voices acknowledges that the internet is full of places to share writing and art, but states they are different in that:
Ink & Voices is an online publication and community for artists and writers. We are all about original and unapologetic voices, and providing a space for you to express your originality and humanness. We love pieces that are honest, raw and original.
This publication has three main sections, one for Mind, one for Body, and one for Soul. Yes, they are brave enough to use those terms in this sometimes snide and toocooltoshowemotions society. I found mainly fiction and artwork there, but liked what I saw and liked what I read. Perhaps I just couldn’t find the poetry, but I did look. Nevertheless, Ink and Voices is accepting submissions or writing and art and has a separate category for poetry, all through Submittable.com. The positive aspects here are that your work is read or viewed “blind,” and judged on its merit rather than your bio or name, or lack of a name in publishing.
I didn’t see a May or June issue, but they are still accepting submissions on a no deadline basis through Submittable.com, meaning they are paying to keep submission coming in.
I am going to investigate this new site more and consider submitting some poetry. I know I’ll be viewing the artwork there.
If you create “honest, raw, and original” artwork, including written work, why not give Ink and Voices a view? I personally like to support new literary ventures as well as the more-established ones.
Thanks for reading!