by Kristin George Bagdanov, Senior Poetry Editor 2014-2020
I’ve tried to quantify my time here. In close to six years as poetry editor, I’ve read and evaluated near 10,000 poetry submissions, worked with over 250 poets, and co-edited twenty-four issues. However, I can’t quite quantify what I’ve learned from Ruminate—the community it’s extended to me, the people I’ve learned from and with along the way. In preparing an editorial handbook for the two incredible poets who will soon take up my position, I tried to distill the essential duties of being poetry editor for Ruminate into just four pieces of advice:
I did not enter my position as poetry editor knowing these things; Ruminate taught them to me. And I couldn’t be more excited to pass this important work on to two excellent co-editors, who I have the honor of introducing to you now:
Michael Mlekoday is the author of one collection of poems, The Dead Eat Everything, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, and currently lives in the Putah Creek Watershed of California. They hold an MFA from Indiana University and currently study plants and minds in American literature as a PhD candidate at the University of California, Davis. Mlekoday was a co-founding editor of Button Poetry, has served as Poetry Editor of Indiana Review, and is a National Poetry Slam Champion. Recent poems have appeared in The Southampton Review, Third Coast, The Journal, Sonora Review, Hunger Mountain, and other venues, and their work has been translated into Polish.
You’re in great hands, Ruminate fam. I can’t wait to see how this community grows through Hope and Michael’s care.
With Great Love,
Kristin George Bagdanov
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