Editors Gregory Sherl (poet and author of The Oregon Trail Is the Oregon Trail, a novella in verse forthcoming from Mud Luscious Press in 2012) and KMA Sullivan (MFA candidate in poetry at Virginia Tech) are the energy behind newly launched Vinyl Poetry online.
The inaugural issue of Vinyl features works by JoAnn Balingit, Kristy Bowen, Melissa Broder, Andrea Cohen, Sasha Fletcher, Matt Hart, Thomas Patrick Levy, Rob MacDonald, Adrian Matejka, Ben Mirov, Sam Pink, Anne Marie Rooney, Nate Slawson, Joseph Young, and Franz Wright.
An additional feature titled Grocery Lists is the result of asking three writers for a handwritten grocery list. What Vinyl got: “One [Julianna Baggott] offers a personal essay. One [Jeff Mann] puts together an end-of-life fantasy to do list. One [Bob Hicok] sends in a handwritten list with some items that are hard to locate – like a better serve for his tennis game.”
Vinyl currently publishes works by solicitation only. According to the editors: “We’re constantly trolling the online mags for poets we’re excited about. We’re interested in fostering the already thriving online community of poets and writers. But since we are writers ourselves, we just don’t have time to go through a mass of submissions.”
Still, if you are a published poet, they encourage you to send an email with links to your poetry online. They’ll take a look, and if your work makes them “tingle,” they’ll ask you for some new stuff.