The wonderful poet and editor Crystal Simon Smith, founder of Backbone Press, talks about the press in this interview available in the Best American Poetry Blog.
I’m really happy to have had my poetry chapbook published by Backbone and to see it mentioned–its cover shown–in this feature. Crystal is doing great work by providing a platform to publish poetry by a diverse range of authors, particularly poets of color.
As she states, “It’s important to note when I say poets of color this includes poets of all diverse backgrounds: Asian, Latino, Native American and so on. Our niche is cultural writing, not just poetry, by African American writers. We need more venues and spaces focusing on diversity.”
You should definitely support her press and check out what she has to say!