5 Things to Consider Before You Hit Submit: Thinking about your literary magazine submission from the perspective of a slush pile reader

If you are actively refining your work for submission into the literary world, praying each time you log-in to Submittable that this will be the time, then think about these things from the perspective of a lit mag submission reader… Continue Reading

Debra Monroe Educates Us Unsentimentally

The allure of memoir is that it’s part voyeurism and part cheerleader. The reader is fascinated with the writer’s journey through the seemingly un-navigable; trusting, of course, that the events of the memoir are related fairly and accurately along the… Continue Reading

An Interview with Hakim Bellamy

Photo Credit: Mikhayla Harrell Hakim Bellamy became the inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque on April 14th, 2012. Bellamy has been on two national champion poetry slam teams and has been published in numerous anthologies and on inner-city buses. A musician,… Continue Reading

“Because this happened to me. That’s not enough.” – Five Questions for Justin St. Germain

Blue Mesa Review: What book or books made you realize you wanted to write? Justin St. Germain: I don’t think I ever had a specific moment in which I realized I wanted to write. As a kid, I read a lot of… Continue Reading