Sometimes, editing poetry can be a lonely job. It’s one person, a pile of poems, a cup (or twelve) of coffee, and, yes, a great deal of indecision. How to make tough choices among excellent poems? How best to support both emerging and established writers and build literary community through the journal’s work?
For this editor, the time has come to add another person to what, so far, has been a poetry party of one. I’ve decided that, beginning this reading period, I’ll be asking a notable contributor from a past issue of TLR to take on the guest role of Assistant Poetry Editor to share in the work—and the pleasure—of selecting, editing, and promoting wonderful poems for the journal.
It’s with enormous enthusiasm that I’d like to introduce you to the first TLR Assistant Poetry Editor, Michael Schmeltzer, whose work you can read in our second issue. I first came to know Michael’s poetry seven years ago when he submitted an excellent poem to the journal I was editing at the time. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Michael’s growth and success as a writer (he’s about to debut his first full-length collection from the local powerhouse Two Sylvias Press), and also watching and admiring his ethical, inclusive, encouraging work as an editor at A River and Sound Review. I couldn’t be more pleased to begin this new phase of TLR with Michael’s keen eye and positive spirit involved.