The North Meridian Review is seeking poetry submissions for our next issue to be published September 2021. The uncertain times we are living through call for the scrutiny (and respite) that poetry can provide in the face of collective fear and unease. For that reason, we are asking poets to submit a maximum of three poems (not longer than 2 pages in length) that deal with the following themes:
- Pandemic and infectious disease
- Experiences of collective fear and/or solidarity due to epidemics
- The economic, social, historical and/or cultural implications of epidemics
- Intersections between epidemics/pandemics and class, gender, nationality, sexuality, or race
- Intersections between epidemics/pandemics and systemic oppression or marginalization
- Personal experiences related to epidemics
- Future imaginings of pandemics
Rather than morbid curiosity, this call for submissions aims to provide possibilities for connection, catharsis, and empathy. Preference will be given to poets from the Midwest in accordance to the journal’s obligation to serve its community and region. However, all submissions will be considered.
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2020.
Author Acceptance Notifications: February 14, 2021.
Publication: September, 2021.
Please submit poems as an attached word document, and include a short bio in the body of the email to:
Wesley R. Bishop