& The What Now

Poem from the Greek poíēma, meaning a thing made. Poet defined in ancient terms as the maker of things. See William Carlos William’s “little machines,” among others. Seer, another kind of engineer, conditioned by material and structural realities, both working within and pushing against the constraints of medium to power radically reimagined futures. Language as a lever, a wedge, or a screw, an elemental human instrument of magic modifying motion and force to perform the most difficult of labors, love—itself a simple machine.

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& The Whom

Founding Editor-in-Chief

M. Bartley Seigel (he/his) || Author of This Is What They Say (Typecast Publishing), and founding editor emeritus of PANK Magazine. His poetry regularly appears in journals such as POETRY, DIAGRAM, Fourth River, Michigan Quarterly Review, Split Rock Review, Thrush, and elsewhere. He teaches creative writing and literature and directs the Writing Center at Michigan Technological University. He is the 2021-22 Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, USA, and was a 2021 Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow.

Guest Editors

Tongo Eisen-Martin (he/his) || SM No. 2 Epochal Shift || Founder of Black Freighter Press. His 2017 book Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights) received the 2018 California Book Award for poetry, a 2018 American Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize. He is the Poet Laureate of San Francisco, California, USA.

Ashley M. Jones || SM No. 1 Engines of Change || Author of dark//thing (Pleiades Press) & REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press). She teaches creative writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and directs the Magic City Poetry Festival in Birmingham, Alabama. She is the Poet Laureate of Alabama, USA.

Art & Letterpress

Charlotte Biszewski || Simple Machines No. 2: Epochal Shift || Head of Studio & Acting Director, TYPA Print & Paper Arts Centre, Tartu, Estonia.

Mana Kaasik || Simple Machines No. 2: Epochal Shift || Designer, TYPA Print & Paper Arts Centre, Tartu, Estonia.

Julia Syrzistie || Simple Machines No. 2: Epochal Shift || European Solidarity Corps Volunteer, TYPA Print & Paper Arts Centre, Tartu, Estonia.

Jörgen Loot || Simple Machines No. 2: Epochal Shift || Specialist, TYPA Print & Paper Arts Centre, Tartu, Estonia.

Bonnie Loukus || Simple Machines No. 1: Engines of Change || Assistant Director, Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, MI.

Daniel Schneider || SM No. 1 Engines of Change || Letterpress Printer in Residence, Copper Country Community Arts Center, Hancock, Michigan.

Editorial Board

Stephanie Carpenter (she/hers) || Stephanie is the author of Missing Persons, winner of the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Her work has appeared in Witness, Big Fiction, Nimrod, Crab Orchard Review, and other journals. She is a former editor at Salt Hill and The Missouri Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan Technological University.

Amy Lyn Howard (they/theirs) || Amy is a poet and PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Theory, and Culture program and serves as Assistant Director of Campus Diversity Initiatives at Michigan Technological University.

Kette Thomas (she/hers) || Kette is the author of “Haitian Zombie in its Religious Context” (Caribbean Vistas) and “With an Eye on a New Set of Eyes: Beasts of the Southern Wild” (Journal of Religion and Film), among others. She teaches mythology, cinema, and literature at Michigan Technological University.


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