Get the Words Out


A community-centered approach to poetry publishing

Each edition of LOCUS is built on a set of cities or regions. Guest Editors in each location are tasked with locating poetry community within their areas to whatever extent or degree they experience it by selecting seven poets whose work they want to highlight. Each poet contributes five pages of poetry to the city. The Guest Editor writes an introduction to his or her selections to comment on the poetry scene where they live.


A resource for poets

LOCUS is always interested in exposing the work of poetry gears across the country; to that end, each edition will feature a set of community links and poetry resources for each city or region. Poets seeking community can come to LOCUS and make connections—find services, publishers, poets, editors, classes, community centers, and so forth.


Charles Jensen Managing Editor & Web Designer


Christopher Hennessy | Boston Editor
Eliot Khalil Wilson | Minneapolis Editor
Michelle Martinez | Phoenix Editor
Julie Dill | St. Louis Editor
Rebecca Loudon | Seattle Editor


LOCUS seeks work from specific areas at specific times. Stay notified of upcoming cities by watching the LOCUS blog.

If you live in one of the cities currently explored by LOCUS, please submit 7-10 poems (no more than 15 pages) directly to the Guest Editor listed above. Submissions should be sent as Word document attachments in a common font like Times New Roman, Garamond, etc. Previously unpublished work only, please.

We currently have no plans to include critical work or interviews, although we may elect to include this type of work on a case by case basis. Please query first before sending this type of work.

Reporting time may vary by four weeks to four months. Please be patient. Submit only once during each Guest Editor’s tenure—send only your best work—and please do not resubmit until a new Guest Editor begins exploring your city again in the future.

LOCUS does not explicitly seek work related to place or location, although each editor may discover in the diversity of their submissions an overarching connection among work.

Each Guest Editor is solely responsible for the solicitation and selection of work for their area.

General submission queries may be sent to Charles Jensen by using the link above.

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