Friends Journal looking for poetry editor

In case you missed it in our social media announcements, Friends Journal is looking for a new volunteer poetry editor. We’ve only had one person in this role, the wonderful Judith Brown, who started back in 1995. I interviewed her a few years ago and she shared how the position came about:

I had submitted some poems, and [then-publisher Vint Deming] said quite informally, “You know we really don’t have anybody to handle the poetry here at Friends Journal. Would you like to do it?”

And that was that. The position has evolved quite organically over the 18 years Judith held it. Every other month we would have Skype or phone conference calls where we just rambled on about poetry! Wow. 

The work of our poetry editor shouldn’t be an overwhelming responsibility for someone who is moderately organized and loves poetry. Submissions are distributed electronically. We get about 100 submissions a year (some percentage of which are….relatively easy decisions). I’d like to keep the every-other-month Skype calls, at least as we all settle in. The biggest job will be sending out correspondence to poets. I’m estimating it might all take about 10-15 hours per month but a lot depends on the person and how much they want to put into the work. I’m very mindful that it’s a volunteer position and I don’t want to encourage burnout.

More information about the job is at

If there’s any questions, feel free to hit me up in the comments.

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