We hope your summer is going swimmingly. Ours just got better now that the work on our Summer Issue is complete. This issue makes us happy for a lot of reasons: great poets who share their work with us, a cover that showcases a white line print done by our very own Constance Brewer, and a nice new font to give us an updated look. The issue has a summer feel from start to finish, with poems that evoke the pleasures of the season: skinny dipping, filmy dresses, canoeing, gardening, travel. There are other topics addressed between summer moments, too, and we hope you get a copy of this issue as soon as possible so you can see for yourself. Pour yourself something cold to drink, take off your shoes, and settle into a nice hammock with our print edition. Or, if that’s not in the budget, you can find a PDF version on our Issues page on this site.
While you’re settled in your hammock, you might find a moment to consider whether you have any work of your own you would like to send out into the world. Are you a contemporary poet? Submissions for our Fall Issue are open July 1 – September 15, or until we have enough submissions to fill an issue. This is a new way for us to take submissions; once the issue is full, we will close submissions even if it’s not quite September 15 yet.
Why the change? We’ve seen an increase in submissions this year. Because we have a small staff, we have to be smart about how we manage to get everything read and evaluated in a fair, reasonable way. After a couple of reading periods that found us scrambling to get everything done at the close of submissions, we decided a change was needed. And this is it. So, get your submissions in early if you want a space in the fall issue and any issues after that.
There is one more bit of news about our Fall Issue. We decided to open a themed category alongside our regular submissions. The theme is The Crone. If that puts images in your head of an old witch stirring stuff in a cauldron, let us gently move that idea out of the way. Here’s what we are thinking: Women poets over the age of 50 are underrepresented in poetry publications. But they shouldn’t be; women over 50 have a breadth and depth of experience, knowledge, and wisdom to celebrate. So we want to hear from poets who identify as women and are over 50. We want you to shake things up, make us rethink your demographic, let us share your magnificence with the world. Same rules apply here for submissions; the category will close when the issue is full or on September 15, whichever comes first.
Happy submitting! But first, happy reading.
Happy National Poetry Month!
We are excited about today because not only do we kick off a month of interviews on our website in honor of National Poetry Month, but also because our third anniversary issue is now available. Our Spring 2018 issue, the largest single issue we’ve ever produced, has a special themed section of poems in response to our call for poetry on the topic of “threes”. We are crazy proud of this big fat issue. You can purchase a print copy HERE, a Kindle version HERE, or find a free PDF version HERE. Hey, there is another set of threes. We just cannot ignore that wonderful number.
All funds from the purchase of print or Kindle editions helps fund Gyroscope Review‘s website and submissions system.
We hope you love this new issue as much as we do. And we hope you show some love to the 30 poets, all of whom have been published in Gyroscope Review’s pages over the past year, featured here on our website during the month of April. We’ll showcase one poet each day. Read on.
National Poetry Month Interview Series: An Interview with Poet Laura E. Hoffman
How will you celebrate National Poetry Month? I think I’ll most likely try out different poetry prompts. I don’t write from prompts very frequently, but when I do the results are always unexpected and exciting.
Pen, pencil or computer first? Pen, lipstick on a mirror, computer.
Who/what are your influences? Anne Sexton, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Frost.
What topic is the hardest for you to write about and why? Love! Everything seems so overdone and cliche.
What was the worst writing idea you ever had? I wrote a full length novel in three months and expected it to be published. I honestly had barely even edited it. It did not get published.
What authors do you love right now? Mark Twain and Marlon James!
What is the most important role of poets in 2018? To perpetuate the love of poetry.
Where do you go when you need to recharge? My woman cave! It’s like a man cave, but with more clothes.
What is your favorite end-of-the-day drink? Lately, herbal tea!
Laura E. Hoffman lives in Jacksonville, Florida. Her most recent work appears in the Winter 2018 issue of The 2River View . You can find out more about her work on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/laura.e.kelly1.
Happy New Year! Yes, we are still saying that because 2018 is off to such a great start here at Gyroscope Review. Our Winter Issue is now available, with our first-ever hand-drawn cover created by co-editor Constance Brewer.
The poets included in this issue include Alex Apuzzo, Jerrice J. Baptiste, Lizzie Bradley, Sylvia Cavanaugh, Wanda Morrow Clevenger, Diana Cole, Jin Cordaro, Maureen Daniels, T.M. De Vos, Catherine Edmunds, Joanne Esser, Samara Golabuk, Kate Hutchinson, Samantha Jacobs, Oonah Joslin, Mike Jurkovic, Steve Klepetar, Tricia Knoll, Sandra Kohler, Lenny Lianne, Laurinda Lind, Andy Macera, Peter Arvan Manos, Diane G. Martin, Sarah Merrow, Lyndi Bell O’Laughlin, Carl “Papa” Palmer, Irena Pasvinter, Adam Prince, Rush Rankin, henry 7. reneau, jr., Joni Renee, stephanie roberts, Bruce Robinson, Jen Sage-Robison, Matthew W. Schmeer, Ronald E. Shields, Samuel Son, Paul Strohm, Ed Werstein, Bill West, and Laura Madeline Wiseman.
Print copies are available for purchase HERE.
Kindle copies are available for purchase HERE.
As always, our PDF version is available HERE.
Spread the word!
But wait – that’s not all.
We have two calls for submissions open for our Spring 2018 issue. One is our general submissions category and the other is a themed category in honor of our third anniversary issue. The theme is “threes”. Please follow the links to our submissions system HERE for further information. Both categories will remain open until March 15.
Finally, we extend a warm welcome to our new staff member, assistant editor Joshua A. Colwell. He joins us with plenty of experience working for small publications, an interest in writing, and a keen eye to finding just the kind of poetry we love here at Gyroscope Review: modern verse with plenty of bite. Josh is taking over our Twitter feed, so now’s the time to start following us if you haven’t already. We’re really glad he’s here. You can read more about him in our masthead.
We are pleased to announce that we have assembled all of our 2017 issues of Gyroscope Review in one place.
Wrap This Up: The 2017 Issues is available now on Amazon as either a print version ($20 plus shipping; free shipping with Amazon Prime) or a Kindle version ($9.99).
We are proud of our 2017 contributing poets and hope you want to read them all again in this collection. We are pretty sure this is the best holiday gift ever.
Thank you for reading!