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Poiesis Review
is closed for submissions
until after site reconstruction

The word poiesis stems from the Ancient Greek poïesis, or ποίησις, etymologically derived from the ancient term ποιέω, which literally means “to make.” Poiesis was first a verb meaning an action that transforms and continues the world. Neither technical production nor creation in the romantic sense, poietic work reconciles thought with matter and time, and person with the world[1]. Pretentious sounding, yes?  Oh, we thought so, too. Why else would we name our journal this?

Alternating Current prints an annual literary publication called Poiesis Review. The perfect-bound paperback collection comes out annually on May 15th, and contains poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction by various authors. Our open submission period to accept new works runs from October 1st to December 31st each year. We will respond to all submissions by the last week of January.

We strive to locate and print the best works in the independent press, and we have a tremendously picky panel of selection editors. Send in only your best work. Poiesis Review accepts poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction submissions of all different types, genres, lengths (prose up to 5,000 words), and subjects. The work is chosen by the editors of Alternating Current, and their decision is final. All authors receive one complimentary digital eBook copy of the finished product in PDF, mobi, and ePub formats; an author discount for any print copies they may wish to purchase; and apportioned royalties on a shared percentage of the profits, split evenly between all included authors in an issue. Complimentary copies are digital only; we unfortunately don’t have the funds to give complimentary print copies to contributors.

All submitted work is considered, as well, for The Luminaire Award, which carries rewards of both print and online publication, a certificate, our virtual medallion imprint, and cash honorariums totaling $200. Read the samples from the annual winners for an idea of what we like to print. If your work is historical in nature, submit it to Footnote: A Literary Journal of History instead.


Meet the latest issue: No. 6

Paperback 9.99

PDF 2.99

eBook 3.99

Poiesis Review proves that there are wonderful editors left in the world. This journal has genuine heart and concern for its writers and the promotion of their work. That makes a big difference to me when I’m deciding which journals to promote and where to send my dollars.”
—Julie Buffaloe-Yoder, author of Price Reduced Again

Welcome to our first issue of Poiesis Review that contains fiction and creative nonfiction right alongside the poetry you’ve always loved. We’ve expanded the journal to contain prose, and now this beast of a journal sits pretty at 200 pages of writing by some of the best writers in the independent press today. There are lots of literary journals out there, so why take a chance on this one? Because, after 20 years in the small press, Poiesis Review is one of the only literary journals in existence that features a blend of today’s up-and-coming promising rookies alongside the staples and legends of the last few decades in the literary underground. You can buy in confidence knowing that nowhere else will you find such a smattering of the writers’ spectrum or such a truly accurate cross-section of all walks of the literary world—what five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and Wisconsin Regional Writers Association Award winner, Charles P. Ries, called “young blood running with old blood.” We are proud to be one of the holdout bastions representing the full and true independent press.

The Featured Writers in this issue are Norman Mailer Award finalist, Nathan Graziano; Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate, two-time NEA Fellowship recipient, and Pushcart Prize nominee, Sean Brendan-Brown; and multiple Pushcart Prize nominee and three-time PEN grant recipient, Doug Draime. Their work is showcased beside 37 other artists and over 100 pieces of writing, including two of Alternating Current’s six 2013 Pushcart Prize nominations, the two grand-prize winners and four honorable-mention winners of our 2013 Luminaire Award for Best Poetry and Best Prose, and stunning cover and back cover art by the tremendously talented Terry Fan. This journal is hands-down one of the finest collections to which we have ever had the pleasure of affixing our name. If you’ve been wanting to give Alternating Current a try but didn’t know where to start, then this is the place.

Poiesis Review is an important collection of the best and brightest writers of the small press. Frankly, it just doesn’t make sense not to own a copy of Poiesis Review. Dare I say it might be the only small press journal you need? Every issue is an event not to be missed.”
—J. Lewis Fleming, author of Why Is My Lemon Tea Red?

• Angie Turner Jeffreys
• Patrick Kindig
• Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
• Hosho McCreesh
• Frankie Metro
• Shauna Osborn
• David S. Pointer
• D. A. Pratt
• Misti Rainwater-Lites
• Charles P. Ries
• Christopher Robbins
• Robert James Russell
• Janette Schafer
• Robert Schuler
• Neil Serven
• Denis Sheehan
• Jane Stuart
• William Taylor, Jr.
• Travis Turner
• Paula Anne Yup
• Leah Angstman
• Luis Cuauhtémoc Berriozábal
• Sean Brendan-Brown
• Harry Calhoun
• Paula Cary
• Alan Catlin
• Christina Elaine Collins
• K. M. Dersley
• Doug Draime
• Aleathia Drehmer
• Michael Estabrook
• Terry Fan
• Jason Fisk
• Lawrence Gladeview
• Nathan Graziano
• George Held
• Kevin M. Hibshman
• Justin Hyde
• Merilyn Jackson

· Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction
· Available for pre-order; will ship immediately upon release
· Published by Alternating Current
· 5½” x 8½”
· Perfect-bound trade paperback
· Cream paper
· 200 pages
· ISBN-13: Coming soon
· ISBN-10: Coming soon
· First edition released May 15, 2013


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