At the very top of Medusa, you'll find a list of fuschia inner links you can click on for information on readings, workshops, publishing and publications—all sorts of updates on Inner NorCal goings-on—as well as Calliope's Closet for inspiration, and Medusa Mulls for what that cranky old battle-ax has up her sleeve.
Here's how to send stuff to MK:
•••No cover letter/bio/simul-subs, but prev-pubs OK (cite publication); email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do mark it for Medusa, please. If you absolutely HAVE to send me poems by snail, write and ask for an address.
•••Any number of poems is okay; no need to stick to the usual 3-5, and send stuff as often as you'd like.
•••Send photos and art, too, plus events/announcements/links/journal news and guidelines. (NorCal poets/publishers: send news of releases and release parties!) Poet-phernalia, in other words. Take a look at Medusa's Bulletin Board (the long, skinny blue column on the right); send us whatever fits—or even what doesn't...
•••Turn-around time is very, very short. I usually respond within a day or two (if I don't, please write and ask if I got it!). Work will most likely be posted within a week or so, unless you send me a whole bunch of poems or photos, in which case they may be spread out over time. And almost all styles and content are welcome; we are an equal-opportunity publisher. Watch out for poems that are too long, though, like pages and pages and pages, or political or religious rants, or stuff that's too racy... Medusa does like her juice, so to speak, but we don't want to get linked to too many porno sites. And I can't guarantee that I'll let you know the exact day your work will appear; you'll have to keep an eye out for yourself.
•••BE SURE, though, that whatever you send Medusa is in its final form. We post the FIRST version you send; we can't be keeping track of revisions.
•••MK primarily publicizes the NorCal poetry community, but all poets are welcome here, whatever their locale. Please do include your city, though, if I don't know you. We like to say where people are from, far or near.
•••Check on Tuesdays for our Seed of the Week (SOW). What triggers a poem in you? A stray word, a shocking scene, something that evokes a memory? Our SOWs are intended to, hopefully, inspire a poem in you the way something in "real life" does. Come up with poems, photos and art (loosely, very loosely) based on our SOWs and send 'em to email@example.com/. (No deadlines; save those seeds for later if you want, when Calliope gets ornery and hides under the bed.) And watch for the occasional give-away! And of course your poems don't have to be based on the SOW; the seeds are just there to get you going if you feel stuck.
•••And yes, you will see the occasional poetry form in the Kitchen, offered either as a feast for the eye or as a SOW. (See our Forms to Fiddle With each week in the green box.) We're among those "form-geeks" who believe that forms can be good for the ear and good for the pen, even if you never intend to publish one or even tell anybody you've practiced them. (We won't squeal on ya, we promise!)
Medusa encourages poets of all ilk and ages to send their POETRY, PHOTOS and ART, as well as REVIEWS, RESOURCES and announcements of Northern California poetry events, to firstname.lastname@example.org for posting on this daily Snake blog. Rights remain with the poets. Previously-published poems are okay for Medusa’s Kitchen, as long as you own the rights. (Please cite publication.) Medusa cannot vouch for the moral fiber of other publications, contests, etc. that she lists, however, so submit to them at your own risk. For more info about the Snake Empire, click rattlesnakepress.com CARPE VIPERIDAE—Seize the Snake!