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Hello all! I’m J.J., the founder of [community profile] poetree and one of our two current admins. Today I’m going to give a brief overview of POETREE’s history, and then open up the conversation in regards to a topic of importance to both this community and any online community seeking to increase participation.

In a post earlier this week, Plunge magazine founder [personal profile] ailelie mentioned the importance of defining any idea, or really any organization, in three to five words. Six months in, I define POETREE as an ‘online poetry discussion community’. The community was originally envisioned as a supplement to the higher volume [community profile] poetry, another Dreamwidth community that specializes in published poetry not the poster’s own, but quickly began to morph into something more interesting than that: a place where poets amateur and professional and poetry enthusiasts could share and discuss poems and poetry culture. Rather than being just another poetry mailing list, POETREE could take advantage of its host platform to facilitate conversation and and build up an archive of resources available free to anyone interested.

That dream is very much a work in progress, and the journey to realizing it has been alternatively humbling and exhilarating. For the first six months, I focused primarily on recruiting people to write content, and assumed that the audience for that content would materialize over time. The community has certainly grown a great deal -- we’re now at triple the number of members and subscribers that we had in December -- but the amount of discussion going on in the comments has been much more variable. This in turn makes it more difficult for the Hosts to gauge how many people are reading their posts, and (I worry) makes it less rewarding than it might otherwise be for people to Host in the first place.

This is not a guilt manifesto, but rather a place to begin. Earlier I defined POETREE as an ‘online poetry discussion community’; it’s worth asking ourselves, what makes us a community? Is participation a requirement for being part of the community? Where does that leave the lurkers, those who might be reading avidly but by preference or default tend not to comment on posts or have time to Host? Read more... )


What do you think? If you left the occasional ‘kudos’ comment, what format would it take? Do you have ideas beyond those already mentioned? What would you like to see in the comments?
[personal profile] chibibluebird
A list of some poetry webzines I read

Stone Telling
A webzine dedicated to speculative poetry.

Speculative webzine which publishes some poetry.

Octopus Magazine
One of my favourites. Publishes mostly younger American poets.

Silly, neon-coloured site. Poems are often surreal.

Magazine of poetry, fiction, and diagrams and schematics of various sorts.

Drunken Boat
Online literary journal that usually features a large and stylistically diverse lineup.

Forget Magazine
A Canadian literary webzine.

The Heron’s Nest
Haiku webzine.
[personal profile] chibibluebird
Hello! Good morning, members of [community profile] poetree, and thanks for the invite to write about my experience as the poetry editor of Ideomancer!

Ideomancer is a speculative fiction webzine that debuted in 1999 and began to publish poetry in 2005. In the world of speculative fiction webzines, where new zines tend to pop up and...go pop?...on a monthly basis, I suppose it is unusually persistent.

I joined the staff of Ideomancer as a fiction editor (one of many – I’m guessing one of the secrets to Ideomancer’s longevity is that we really like to spread the work around) in 2007, and became the poetry editor last year after [livejournal.com profile] stillnotbored left to work on her forthcoming fantasy trilogy. At the time she left, I was the Ideomancer volunteer with the greatest interest in poetry; I was already the poetry editor of filling Station, a Canadian magazine of experimental writing (but more on that later).

Life as a webzine’s poetry editor is simple; I receive poems, read them, and decide whether or not to publish them. Then I send rejection notices or contracts as applicable. I do this all by email, as the volume of submissions I receive is really too low to bother with any kind of submissions management software.

I also work with the authors of accepted poems to make any needed edits to their work, and I have a small role in publicizing new issues of Ideomancer through social media.

Deep, deep thoughts )
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[personal profile] ailelie
This morning when I posted the back-story for Plunge, I made brief reference to a few online literary magazines I like. To close out my day of hosting, I decided to compile a list of journals I enjoy from my bookmarks. Each of the publications below, save for one, publishe(s/d) poetry.


A list of twelve journals )

What are some of your favorites not on this list? What makes you like them?
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[personal profile] ailelie
I did not start 2012 with the intention of starting an ezine. I wanted to polish and finish my own stories—at least, that was one of my New Year Resolutions. Plunge began without warning. Just an offhand post on my Dreamwidth. An only half-sincere musing of I would like to (someday, one day, never) create a one-issue zine with a focus on femslashy fairytales and/or in celebration of words. Not the grandest of origin stories. One spark of interest, however, and I couldn't get the idea out of my head. If you ever wish to thank or blame anyone for the existence of Plunge, you might want to start with havocthecat. Before her comment ("Ooh! I don't have much spare money at the moment, but I'm very interested in the project.") I was going to let the ezine idea fall alongside all the stories I'd like to read, but never write. I wasn't the kind of person who created ezines. I didn't know the first thing about starting an ezine. But when havocthecat expressed her interest, I wondered—just how hard could it be?
I really had no idea. )

Any questions? I'll answer as best I can, but I am still figuring everything out myself.
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[personal profile] jjhunter
This week at POETREE we peek behind the curtain to explore the world of editors, community moderators, and others who are involved in publishing poetry and/or distributing it online. From newly Kickstarted Plunge magazine to our very own POETREE, we'll look at what makes poetry publications and communities tick from the perspective of the people who keep them running, and what it's like to be one of those people behind the scenes.

This week is very much a work in progress, so please keep an eye on this post for updates regarding the schedule Tuesday - Saturday. Sunday will be the launch of two new weekly POETREE features, to be announced the day of.

Current schedule behind the cut )


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