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   Marie Lecrivain & Angel Uriel Perales
   Sheikha A.
   Steve Abee
   L. Ward Abel
   Carl Abt
   Hannah Adcock
   Elizabeth Addis
   Aderemi Adegbite
   Adeolu Emmanuel Adesanya
   Neil Aitken
   M.I Akande
   Shahd Al-Shemmari
   Lynn Albanese
   Scott Alexander
   Gwyndyn Alexander
   Nicole Alexander
   Alaina Renee Alexander
   Inalegwu Omapada Alifa
   Maureen Alsop
   Rafael Alvarado
   Steven Alvarez
   Veronica An
   Zack Anderson
   Kristine Anderson
   G.D. Anderson
   Amy Anderson
   Lori Anderson-Moseman
   Grace Andreacchi
   Renae Andruse
   Arlene Ang
   Roger Angle
   Stephen Anstay
   Azure Antoinette
   Theresa Antonia
   Aurora Antonovic
   Maria A Arana
   Carlye Archibeque
   Joseph Armstead
   Feral Artist
   Baron James Ashanti
   Charlene M. Ashendorf
    Askew
   Gregory Austin
   Shawn Aveningo
   maeghanne ayers
   Goodness Lanre Ayoola
   John-Patrick Ayson
   Jim Babwe
   Sophie Bachard
   Vasile Baghiu
   Bridget Bagne
   song-hue bahk
   Michael Baker
   Prerna Bakshi
   Anna Balint
   David Banuelos
   Jared Barbick
   J. Mae Barizo
   Peter Barlow
   Matthew A. Barraza
   James Barros
   Jeni Bate
   Jonathan Beale
   Richard Beban
   Gary Beck
   Gary Beck
   Lytton Bell
   Hakim Bellamy
   Michele Beller
   Laura Bellotti
   Stefanie Bennett
   Hayley Berariu
   Lawrence Berger
   Kevin Berger
   Mike Berger, Ph.D.
   Tom Berman
   luis cuauhtemoc berriozabal
   Craig Berry
   Nick Bertelson
    Besskepp
   Mary Rose Betten
   Cheryl Beychok
   Gwendolyn Beyer
   François Biajoux
   Jarvis Black
   Heitham Black
   Beau Blue
   Rose Mary Boehm
   Bonnie Bolling
   Julie Bolt
   Lek Borja
   Cristogianni Borsella
   Gerald Bosacker
   Amanda Boschetto
   Wendy Bourke
   Jack G. Bowman
   Jennifer Bradpiece
   Bob Bradshaw
   Marcielle Brandler
   Peter Branson
   Sumiko Braun
   Adam Bresson
   Quiana Briggs
   Jack Bristow
   paulo brito
   Alan Britt
   Michelle Brodeur
   Lynne Bronstein
   Charles Brooks
   Adam Levon Brown
   Leah Brown
   Deborah Edler Brown
   Jason Sanford Brown
   zoey brown
   Bob Browning
   Sir Mark Bruback
   MC Bruce
   Jeffrey Bryant
   Kate Buckley
   Robin M. Buehler
   Ron Burch
   Graham Burchell
   Maria Rose Burgio
   Betsy Burke
   Matt Burns
   Richard Burrill
   Tony Bush
   Zachary C. Bush
   Elissa Calvin
   Joseph Camhi
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Velene Campbell
   Don Kingfisher Campbell
   Neil Campbell
   Dana Campbell
   Luis Campos
   Janine Canan
   Lyn Cannaday
   Pasquale Capacosa
   Joey Capone
   Hélène Cardona
   Britton Laine Carducci
   D.J. Carlile
   Julia Carlson
   Alicia Carpenter
   Jonathan Carr
   Patricia Carragon
   Oscar Carrasco
   Jared Carter
   Michael Aaron Casares
   John Casey
   Lisa Castro
   Rachael Kelechi Caulker
   Nika Cavat
   Michael Caylo-Baradi
   Steve Ceniceros
   Michael Ceraolo
    Cerise
   Robert Cesaretti
   Cheryl Chambers
   Lita-Luise Chappell
   Shibani Chattopadhyay
   Lisa Cheby
   Beth Cheng
   Ralph-Michael Chiaia
   Juhi Chowdhury
   David Christensen
   Terry Clark
   Darice Clark
   Terry Clark
   Phil Clark
   Charles Claymore
   Jeanette Clough
   Kim Cochran
   Ed Coet
   Tobi Cogswell
   Megan Coker
   Bruce Colbert
   Merrill Cole
   Karen E. Cole
   Christopher Coleman
   Larry Colker
   Beverly M. Collins
   David Concepcion
   Christiane Conésa-Bostock
   Brendan Connell
   Alice Constantine
   Jack Cooper
   Flavia Cosma
   Rachel Coventry
   R. Paul Craig
   David Cravens
   William Crawford
   Natalie Crick
   Rosemarie Crisafi
   Carla Criscuolo
   Chris Crittenden
   Benjamin Crowley
   Susan Culver
   Joe Cyr
   Jim D Babwe
   Morgaine d'Abney
   Karen Corcoran Dabkowski
   Daniel Daian
    Dalton
   Catherine Daly
   Iris Dan
   Marie Lecrivain & Daniel Gallik
   Dan Danila
   Michelle Daugherty
   Piper Davenport
   Kathrine David
   Gareth Davies
   Holly Day
   Frank De Canio
   Gregory De Feo
   Steve De France
   J. de Salvo
   J de Salvo
   kumari de Silva
   Pijush Kanti Deb
   Shalla DeGuzman
   JD DeHart
   Diane Dehler
   Aurelius Demarco
   Darren C Demaree
   Gloria Derge
   Chris Derrico
   Lea Deschenes
   Maurice Devitt
   Theo Diamantis
   Mike Dias
   Martin Dickinson
   Edward J DiMaio
   Mark Dixon
   Peggy Dobreer
   Rosemarie Dombrowski
   Francisco J. Dominguez
   Linsly Donnelly
   Lisa Helene Donovan
   Kevin Doran
   Marvin Louis Dorsey
   John Dorsey
   Marvin Dorsey
   Laura A. Lionello & Douglas Richardson
   Doug Draime
   Donelle Dreese
   Dale Duke
   Jawanza Dumisani
   Henri Dumolet
   Max Dunbar
   Robin Wyatt Dunn
   t. joseph dunn
   Tyler Dupuis
    Durenda
   Walter Durk
   Douglas Dvorkin
   Ron Dvorkin
   Amitabh Vikram Dwivedi
   Alfie Ebojo aka alfie numeric
   Elisabeth Adwin Edwards
   Sabrina Edwards
   Patricia J. Edwards
   Miguel Eichelberger
   John Elison
   Julian Ellis
   Neil Ellman
   K. Eltinaé
   R.M. Engelhardt
   Margarita Engle
   Jon Epstein
   Sufi Erter
   Eli Eshaghian
   Michael Estabrook
   Alexis Rhone Fancher
   Richard Fein
   John Feins
   Emily Fernandez
   Melissa Fischer
   W.S. Fisher
   Jamie Asae FitzGerald
   Amelia Fleetwood
   Jake Fleshner
   John Jay Flicker
   David Flynn
   Arthur Charles Ford
   Liz Fortini
   Sesshu Foster
   Heather Fowler
   Clint Frakes
   Sarah Francois
   Amélie Frank
   Alex M. Frankel
   Allie Frazier
   E.L. Freifeld
   M. Frias Frias-May
   Suzanne Frost
   Delia J. Fry
   Elliott Gabay
   Steven Gabriel
   Timothy Gager
   Daniel Gallik
   J Gamble
   Ishmael Garay
   Jerry Garcia
   Daniel Garcia-Black
   Gabriella Garofalo
   Vince Garofalo
   Yvonne Garrett
   Nelson Gary
   Donna Gebron
   Ulrike Gerbig
   Janice Gero
   Ursula T. Gibson
   Rebecca Gimblett
   Tony Gloeggler
   Steve Goldman
   Vesna Goldsworthy
   Melanie Gonzalez
   Jeffrey Graessley
   Allison Grayhurst
   Jeff Green
   Timothy Green
   Jeanie Greensfelder
   Rhoda Greenstone
   Amos Greig
   John Greiner
   John Grey
   Summer Griffiths
   Danielle Grilli
   Brian Grillo
   John Grochalski
   Wendy Grosskopf
   Andrew Grossman
   Ro Gunetilleke
   Kenneth Gurney
   John R. Guthrie
   Debashish Haar
   Erik Haber
   Hedy Habra
   Tresha Faye Haefner
   Matthias Hagedorn
   James Hall
   Tom Hamilton
   David Harrington
   William Harris
   Matt Harris
   Dawnell Harrison
   J. Alana Hauenschild
   Kari J. Hayes
   KJ Hays
   Ann L. Healey
   Eloise Klein Healy
   Jessica Healy
   Jim Heavily
   Dan Hedges
   Paul Hellweg
   Samantha Henderson
   Jack Henry
   David Herrle
   JD Heskin
   Kenneth Hickey
   Jerry Hicks
   Marvin R Hiemstra
   Ed Higgins
   Carlos Hiraldo
   Sherri Hoffman
   Guy Hogan
   Ali Hosseiny
   Dave Houston
   David Howard
   Eric Howard
   Nate Howard
   Bryon D. Howell
   A J Huffman
   Hunter Lee Hughes
   Roger Humes
   Trista Hurley-Waxali
   Elizabeth Iannaci
   Thea Iberall
   Armine Iknadossian
   Gedda Ilves
   Alegria Imperial
   Victor Infante
   Victor D. Infante
   Augustus Invictus
   Susan Irvine
   Alexandra Isacson
   Natalie Itzhaki
   Amber Jacob
   Scott Jacobson
   Larry Jaffe
   Sonika Jaggi
   Emmanuel Jakpa
   Matthew James
   Andrea Janov
   T.A. Jennings
   Ivan Jenson
   Dani Jimenez
   Alex Johnson
   Michael Lee Johnson
   Lois P. Jones
   Strider Marcus Jones
   Tao Jones
   Georgia Jones-Davis
   Jasmin Jordan
   Quentin Josephy
   Liu Jue
   Ruth Juris
   Gene Justice
   Gary Justice
   Pete Justus
   Mikel K
   Scott C. Kaestner
   Sheema Kalbasi
   Peycho Kanev
   Rachel Kann
   Jay Kantor
   Paula Sfier Kattan
   Russ Kazmierczak
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   Gretchen Keer
   Aaron Keller
   Collin Kelley
   Kamuran Kelly
   Raud Kennedy
   Bernard Kennedy
   Kathleen Kenny
   Stephen Kerr
   Hari Bhajan Khalsa
   Just Kibbe
   Jerome Kiel
   lalo kikiriki
   Ashley King
   Robert S King
   Franklin Lafayette King
   Sofia Kioroglou
   Rusty Kjarvik
   Kenny Klein
   LeAnne Kline
   Deborah P Kolodji
   Tracy Koretsky
   Edith Kornfeld
   George Korolog
   Dimitris P. Kraniotis
   Mark Krewatch
   Chris Krueger
   Amanda Krut
   Thomas Krämer
   Gerard Kuc
   Donna Kuhn
   Christopher Kuhn
   Len Kuntz
   Craig Kurtz
   Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
   Daniel Lambert
   Anthony Langford
   Donald Langosy
   Ray Lanthier
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   Phillip Larrea
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   Wolf Larsen
   Ethan Latham
   Lisa LaTourette
   Marie Lecrivain & Laura A. Lionello
   Marianne LaValle-Vincent
   Kevin Lavey
   Judith A. Lawrence
   Eric Lawson
   Richard Leach
   Marie Lecrivain
   Anne Lecrivain
   Noah Lederman
   Pete Lee
   Emma Lee
   Kevin Patrick Lee
   N.M. Leepsa
   Alexandra Leggat
   Laura LeHew
   Gary Lehmann
   Sharmagne Leland-St. John
   Kevin LeMaster
   Michal Lemberger
   Kim Leng
   Roland Lesterin
   Tiffany Lettieri
   P.A. Levy
   Martin Lewis
   Cheyenne Lewis
   Anthony Liccione
   Cynthia Linville
   Laura Lionello
   Zachary Locklin
   Jessica Lopez
   Harold Lorin
   Tess. Lotta
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   Ron Lucas
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   Suzan Lustig
   Radomir Luza
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   Stefanie Maclin
    Magdalena
   Gary Maggio
   Holly Magill
   Anthony Magistrale
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   Donal Mahoney
   Robert Maiolo
   Kelly Ann Malone
   Michael Malota
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   Angela Consolo Mankiewicz
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   April-May March
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   Johnny Masuda
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   Paul McConnell
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   Deborah McCreath-Akbar
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   Karen J McDonnell
   Matt McGee
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   Cat Angelique McIntire
   David McIntire
   david mclean
   Isobel McQueen
   Fernando Meisenhaulter
    Mephistopheles
   Corey Mesler
   Melissa Michaels
    Mike the Poet
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   Richard Lee Miller
   Robert John Miller
   Hany Haggag Abdl Mobdy
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   Leslie Monsour
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    Albert Lee Moran
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   Frank Mundo
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   JL Nathan
   Nimah Nawwab
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   Lizbeth Palma
   Heather Palmer
   Greg Patrick
   Miss Natalie Patterson
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   Angel Perales
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   Angela J. Perry
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   Gareth Pike
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    smzang
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Marie Lecrivain
February 2005
   

 

A Rare Bloom: Susan Culver, editor of Lily

    Note: I would like to thank Susan Culver who graciously took time out of her busy schedule, and from the holiday hustle and bustle of Xmas 2004 to participate in this interview for poeticdiversity.



    pd: How did the inception of Lily come about?



    SC:Lily was born of both loss and hope.

    The year preceding Lily's first issue was a hard one for me. I'd lost
my son and my mother-in-law within months of each other. My daughters were
growing more and more independent (which is what they're supposed to do, but
it's still a hard thing to take sometimes). I felt like all the things that defined me
and who I was were missing. I was lost in a world of loss.

    But I was reminded time and again that there is - in spite of the
sadness – a beauty in this world that never fades. One needs only to look around
to find it.

    During the time just before Lily began, I turned to writing. My own,
as a way to communicate and to begin feeling. Others, as a way to see that
everyone else was essentially doing the same thing. They were living in the
same beautiful ache as I was.

    I suppose you could say that Lily was and is my look around. It's the
continual discovery of that which is beautiful - in this case, the power of
creation and the strength of skill. It's the opportunity to be a part
of that, if only to say to others: Look. Feel. Live.



    pd: What is the purpose of Lily?



    SC:To provide a place to showcase the extraordinary creative talent of
others.




    pd:You're quite the poet/short story writer. How do you balance your
time between editing Lily and writing?



    SC:My family would tell you that sometimes it's hard to get me to make time
for anything but writing and Lily. I'm fortunate enough to work from home, so time is something I do have.

    Writing is a never-ending need that comes from within me, like breathing, like being. If the inspiration comes, sometimes I can do nothing else until I honor it.

    Lily - in spite of the time and work involved - is a gift. I, like
most, don't have any trouble finding time for a gift.




    pd:Why the name Lily?



    SC:At the risk of revealing just how narcissistic I am, the name Susan
means "lily."

    I guess if one feels as though they've lost themselves, they will do
everything they can to reconnect.




    pd: Lily is a monthly publication. What are some of the challenges you face as an editor? Do you find your time more constrained than if you published Lily as a quarterly or bi-monthly ezine?



    SC: Time is the biggest challenge. Even though - as I said - I have more
than many people do, Lily isn't dependent on me alone, but on a lot of people.
It seems like major holidays tend to like to occur right around deadline. If
that's not happening, then people go on vacation. Or I'm off wallowing in my own
inspired darkness for half the month. Or Lily's web host decides to do upgrades
to the system, resulting in it being difficult to load the new issue for several days.

    Something always seems to come up to rush the process.

    After years as a news reporter, I tend to be pretty clingy to the whole
concept of "deadline." Being late with the release just isn't an option. So,
it's sort of interesting to see what obstacles I'll fight each month in the
process of trying to get an issue out. Guaranteed, there will always be an obstacle.




    pd: What are your personal criteria for submissions? What do you find to
be the most common mistakes writers/artists make in not following submission rules?



    SC: Aside from the submission guidelines and opinions of my assistants - whom I have a lot of faith in - I'd have to say that my personal criteria is that the
work touch me in some unforgettable way. I want to feel it, I want to identify
with it. I want to ponder it hours after reading it, I want a line from it to
come to mind days later.

    I think not following the rules IS the most common mistake made, along
with other careless errors conceived from not taking the work seriously, not
feeding and nurturing it, not spending time learning the craft of creation. It
seems that so many people these days think that they can just whip out
anything and that it is solid gold just because it came from them. Gold has to be
mined though. It has to be shaped, worked, polished before it's ever truly beautiful.

    Give me something that you've taken the time to make beautiful. If you don't care
for it enough to nurture and polish it, then why should I?




    pd: What's your favorite part of being an editor? Least favorite? Why?



    SC : Favorite: The feeling of having witnessed the perfection of a well
presented work. Having a chance to share that with others.

    Least favorite: Rejecting work that is offered by someone who simply
doesn't care. It's one thing to write to a writer and tell them, I know you've
spent a lot of time on this and I know there's a place for it somewhere, this
simply isn't the place. It's entirely another thing altogether to write to a
writer that simply doesn't care and won't hear me, who assumes the position of
hijacking the process by saying, "I've never spent more than a few minutes at a
time on this and I've always had better things to do than work at writing, but
I'm so wonderful that you should just ignore that little part of the equation."

    What should I say to that?




    pd: What are some of the ways you deal with the various artistic
temperaments you run into during the submission/production process?



    SC: I've met very few artistic temperaments that are worse than my own, so
it usually isn't hard to deal with. Mostly, I understand where the
temperaments are coming from and so the decision is generally one of deciding when
and how to respond. It's a decision based on whether the artist is willing to
hear me or not. If so, then there's typically no problem talking out the
situation.

    If not, then I simply move on. There is no sense screaming myself
hoarse when someone chooses not to listen, there is no sense displaying my point of
view when they refuse to see it.





    pd: I noticed your publication nominated poets for Pushcart Prizes. Why not fiction writers?



    SC: There were six works nominated for Pushcarts from Lily in 2004. Five were poetry, and one was fiction.


    At first glance, it may seem like this was an uneven split, yet when comparing the amount of poetry submitted and published at Lily to the amount of fiction, I think it's fair. As an aside - we'd love to see more quality fiction submissions at Lily!



    pd: What drew you into writing?



    SC: Birth or some point shortly thereafter. I can no easier define the how
and why of my introduction to writing as I can define how and why a body
chooses to breathe, to live, to want life.

    I've written as long as I can remember. It's a desperate thing, the
need to communicate through the written word. The only thing that's changed
over the years is the voice and perspective as such things tend to change with
time and growth.



    pd: Who are some of your classical and contemporary literary influences?



    SC: Out of fear of revealing just how untraditional my literary education
has been, I'll avoid the classical portion of this question.

    As far as contemporary influences, look at the contributors at Lily and
other online literary venues. These are my influences, these are my peers.
Their talent is what I hope for mine to be.

    Beyond that, I'm really enjoying the work of Adrienne Rich at the
moment. Her poetry is a swim in metaphors, and I do so love metaphors.





    pd: I don't think that having a “traditional” background in literature is a necessity to appreciate quality writing, or to be the editor of a literary publication. (My own background is in journalism and photography, and lots and lots of reading!). Can you elaborate more on your background?




    SC: As a teenager, when I should have been making good use of the "free" education that was offered to me via the public school system, I was homeless on the streets of Albuquerque, and a high school dropout. I eventually went back and obtained my high school diploma, but then - instead of pursuing a higher education - I opted instead to have babies and work a series of minimum wage jobs.


    I "lucked" into a reporter/ photographer job at the local
newspaper at the age of 22, about the same time I was self-publishing a book of poorly written poetry.



    The newspaper job taught me much about perspective and life beyond my own experiences. Poetry and the writing of it only came later, in these last few years, as I have used the Internet to try and learn some of the things I missed during a time that - for many - is reserved for high school and college. I am, at this point in time, reading much, learning much, and I suspect that I always will be.




    pd: You are planning another version of Lily for younger writers. Can you elaborate on that?



    SC: During the course of reading submissions, the realization came to my
assistants and myself that often we would receive offerings from younger writers
and that the main reason those submissions weren't making it into Lily was
because they were lacking a perspective that is found more often in older writers.

    They'd put time into learning to write, they'd offered the best work one could possibly expect of them. But, due only to time and less life lived, they speak with voices that haven't yet reached their full potential, and their work was coming up side by side with work from developed voices.

    I found it to be an un-level playing field. It's unfair to younger writers to insist they have adult perspectives in order to be published. I felt like there needed to be a place just for them, for their work.

    I presented the idea to a wonderful teen writer, Debra Curtis, who agreed to be
the managing editor for Teen Lily. She has since found a fantastic staff of young writers to help her. We're finding that a teen literary review is very much blazing a new path. A lot of teens don't yet know there is a place for them to submit their work, so submissions have been slow. But they're all working away, they're maintaining a high publication standard and I
couldn't be happier with them.

    Teen Lily is a needed thing in the literary world and I'm looking forward to
seeing the first issue. From what I've seen so far, I can tell you that the literary future is extremely bright.




    pd: What is the poetry scene like in Colorado?



    SC: Thank goodness for the Internet. There is no poetry scene in my part of the world. I'm sure there are other places in Colorado where poetry is readily
shared and enjoyed in a social setting. My town is very rural though,
and I don't have that opportunity here.

    What I do have is a place where everything begins and ends with the
mountains, where the seasons dance in all their glory, where silence is filled
with so many different songs. This area may not feed the social needs of the
poet, but it certainly provides inspiration.




    pd: Do you feel online literary publications are gaining /will ever
gain as much legitimacy as academic print publications? If so/If not, then why?
When and how can this happen?



    SC:I view online and academic print publications as different countries.
They each have their good and bad, they each are an opportunity born and
reborn with every issue. But their cultures are different, their rules are
different. There are some who can drift from one country to the next and find a
home in each, but many others are firmly ingrained in one or the other, can
only view the other as if through a window.

    I think online publications offer a personal publishing experience. They offer
a quickness in submission consideration and publication. They offer
the chance for a broader based audience. Some of their faults perhaps are in the
difficulty there is in making money on the Internet, that many online publications
are unable to pay their contributors.

    Academic publications offer tradition. They provide a legitimacy through the
thought that "this is how it's always been done." Many offer compensation for
work published. And yet, I believe the exclusive nature of the academic print
business causes them to miss out on some of the magnificent talent that
can and should be published. They're often a fraternity of college professors
and so many of us just don't fit in.

    I think online venues have and are continuing to establish their
legitimacy simply by publishing outstanding work. The money issue of the Internet
is something that hopefully will sort itself out so that contributors can
get paid for their work. But even if it never does work out that way, I believe
that online literary publications are strong, viable, here to stay. Not to
take the place of print publications, but simply to exist as another country,
another road to travel.





    Susan Culver lives in Colorado with her family and edits the online literary review, Lily (http://lilylitreview.com). Her writing has recently appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Poetry Super Highway, Paumanok Review, Tryst and others.



copyright 2005 Marie Lecrivain