Don Share, the new Editor of Poetry Magazine, has published his first issue! Who is Don Share and why is there excitement in the air?
Well, Share was named the new editor of Poetry in May after serving as senior editor under former editor Christian Wiman. They worked together for six years and according to the report during that time Poetry saw its largest circulation ever! In the wake of Christian Wiman's departure it is understandable that Poetry is expecting things to be different. No one says it better than Share himself who is quoted as saying:
“Historically, editorial shifts have always reflected the temperament and vision of the magazine’s new editor...I hope to someday be known as what the composer Van Dyke Parks was once called—a futuristic traditionalist."
Readers of Poetry are curious to see what changes will take place under Share’s leadership. One change that is being anticipated is greater emphasis on the contemporary evolution of language in poetry. Apparently this is one of Share's interests and it is expected that this change in leadership will reflect an even greater increase in readership as well as submissions by contemporary poets themselves.
The October 2013 issue of Poetry is available online. A notable achievement is also that this marks the magazine’s 101st year.
The magazine features first appearances by Heather Christle, CA Conrad, Hannah Gamble and Nate Marshall; a portfolio of previously unpublished letters from Robert Creeley; and essays from Peter Quartermain and Christina Davis.
For those who want an even greater insight into Don Share's personality, Poetry has included in the publication his own message to readers explaining his approach as editor.
The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, continues to be a "leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs."
You can visit poetryfoundation.org for more information.
Congratulations are in order for Don Share and we hope for him a bright future as editor of Poetry magazine!