Editorial Board & Workshopping Crew

 
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Catherine Weiss

Catherine is a poet and artist living in Florence, MA. Her poetry has been published in Voicemail Poems, Melancholy Hyperbole, Jersey Devil Press, Yellow Chair Review, Freezeray Poetry, Gravel Mag, and Red Eft Review and elsewhere.

Catherine was the 2017 Grand Slam Champion of Northampton Poetry and is the founder of Pulp Slam in Easthampton, MA.

More can be found at http://catherineweiss.com.

 
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Robbie Dunning

Robbie Dunning self identifies as a sparkly ethereal mess and deluxe jellyfish. They currently reside in Northampton, MA where they help people find their vitamins at the co-op and give lots of hugs. As the Northampton Poetry representative for IWPS 2016 and a member of the 2015 and 2016 Northampton Slam Team at Nationals, Robbie exceeds at traveling long distances in order to have a lot of feelings in a short amount of time. They spend a lot of time wearing space pants and thinking about gender and social inequality and how to make gluten free dairy free things taste better. Robbie would love to see a picture of your adorable pet / child / hobby.

 
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Malt Schlitzmann

Malt Schlitzmann has been published in Vice and Voicemail Poems. He is best known for his preposterous ideas about grammar and getting personally demeaned by Donald "Rectal Prolapse" Trump. He will read his Harry Potter Erotica if you ask him nicely. Yell at him on Twitter and Facebook.

 
Photo by Jim Gipe & Pivot Media

Photo by Jim Gipe & Pivot Media

Raven Fowlkes - Witten

Raven Fowlkes - Witten is a current Smith student studying English and Psychology, from Baltimore, Maryland. Raven is a millennial who likes cats, twizzlers, and writing short poems about their family.

 
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Kaia Jackson

Kaia is an expressive arts activity coordinator, youth worker, performer, poet, and femme-inist.  They are passionate about exploring the intersections of individual and community healing through the performance arts and writing. They have written and performed for productions including Let the Body Speak: Performance Project and Survivor Theatre Project, and are currently hosting Wagon Wheel Word in Gill, MA and community arts events at The Treehouse in Northampton, MA.

 
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Matt Bayne

Matt Bayne is a poet and painter. His home mic is at Northampton Poetry. His poems appear in Please Pass the Poem, and Feelings Welcome single issue poetry zines published by Northampton Poetry. You can find his poem called Rail Yard at Drunk in a Midnight Choir.

 

K! Dymek

K! is a gender fluid poet from the Northampton Poetry Open Mic. They have had their work read on Poetry a la Carte and published in an experimental chapbook pulled together by Huimin Wan, Could You Please Pass the Poem, where their poem features alongside other Northampton Poetry regulars. K!'s poetry draws influence from spoken word and explores themes around gender, identity, and severe anxiety. Come to Northampton Poetry Open Mic to hear more work by this poet and look out for a chapbook coming in Spring 2017.

 

 

Slamchop's Editorial Statement

 

The Slamchop editorial board strives to publish memorable poetry while upholding strong ethical practices.

In all communications we aim to be both professional and empathetic, because we know cavalier attitudes around rejected work can be needlessly hurtful.

We will do our utmost to be impartial judges of all work submitted to us, while reserving the right to reject a poem for any reason, including problematic language, imagery, or intent. We also reserve the right to reject a submission from anyone known to be an abusive member of the community, regardless of the merits of the submission. We reserve the right to accept or reject poetry without explanation to the submitter. 

We will not knowingly publish plagiarized work, but understand that poetry isn’t created in a vacuum and that work we choose to publish may be inspired by previously published works of art. We understand that while attribution may be ideal, requiring the poets we publish to declare every influence is prohibitive. We leave this decision to the discretion of the poet.

It is not the purpose of the Slamchop editorial board to give feedback to improve rejected submitter’s poems, craft, or chances of being accepted in the future. In most cases, we will refrain from giving feedback entirely. We may, however, request minor edits of submissions we intend to accept, for the purpose of maintaining our publication’s high standards.

Slamchop will make every effort to support and publish the work of poets from marginalized communities, including soliciting submissions we think would be a good fit for our journal. However, all work, solicited or otherwise, will be subject to the same process of review by at least two members of our editorial staff before a decision is made. 

We hope that with diligent work we will be able to produce an exemplary journal of poetry.

Catherine Weiss

December 2016