Founded at the turn of the millennium, Heliotrope: a journal of poetry
was the inspiration of its founding editors, Susan Sindall, Victoria Hallerman, and Barbara Elovic. Together, they published three volumes. In the third volume, they published two of Laurel's poems. Shortly thereafter, she asked if she could join the editorial board.
As poets, the editors of Heliotrope
write in discernibly different voices. To their surprise, they have been delighted to discover how editorial judgments, time and again, overlap. Each editor strengthens the counterpoint.
A selection process has developed that supports consensus decision-making. Each reading session includes one "designated listener," an editor who hasn't yet seen the poems, but who listens as poems are read aloud. Discussions are vigorous, acceptances unanimous. So far, responses have been personally written concerning each submission, a practice the editors hope to be able to continue indefinitely.
If they had to name one mentor, it would be William Matthews. The editors have followed his advice for the ordering of a book by dividing the selected poems into pairs and then dealing them to the front and back of each volume. Sometimes the poems of a particular contributor find places in disparate parts of the book, but, it is hoped, the book always suggests a kind of thematic or narrative arc.
The final, double, adorable issue of Heliotrope
- Number 8 - was published in Winter 2013. Hail and farewell!
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