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Presenting: Sun Star Review #2

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We are thrilled to announce the release of our inaugural issue of Sun Star Review! Please click over to our current issue page to view or download a copy of our latest release. We’d just like to take a moment to thank all of our contributors, submitters, and everyone else who helped make this a reality. Thanks so much, and thanks for reading!

Meet the Author: Adriana Campoy

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We were so excited to have the opportunity to feature some of Adriana’s beautiful poetry  in our first issue. She’s a multi-talented writer with an MFA from the University of Washington and an MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Cambridge. You can also see Adriana’s work in the short film People Are Becoming Clouds, which she cowrote the screenplay for.

What is your favorite place to write in/at?

Usually at home, alone at my desk, where I can get up and pace and read aloud without bothering anyone. Sometimes the kitchen table, where there is lots of light and there are snacks close by.😉 Occasionally it’s nice to go to a cafe when I’m revising.

We loved the variety of subjects in your poems and the sense of the poems reaching outwards to see through different perspectives. Can you tell us about what inspires your poetry?

It’s usually an image that grabs my attention–a painting or sculpture, a movement in a dance, something I spot while on a walk or cycling home. Occasionally it’s stories that people tell me–“El Mamey” was inspired by something one of my aunts told me during a visit to Mexico City. In the past year I’ve been thinking a lot about slowing down moments in time and describing them in detail and letting the images speak that way. I find it to be a really good exercise even if I don’t get a poem out of it.

Can you tell us a bit about your use of form? How do you decide what form a poem should take?

I usually just let it unfold in a way that feels natural to the image or to the shape of the sentence that’s unwinding–I wish I had a better answer than that!

If you could spend one day as any plant, animal, or non-human organism, what would you be?

I think I would be kelp swaying with the waves somewhere in the San Juan Islands.

Events of epochal significance

We have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from folks interested in being part of Sun Star Review–sometimes, quite literally. As our journal has grown, and the project has matured past its humble beginnings, we have come to realize the value of infrastructure. To that end, we have decided to finally make it official: we are now accepting submissions primarily through submittable. That’s right, we have a brand new submittable page. Go on, take it for a spin while it still has that new-page shine!

From this moment hence, we ask that all submissions run through submittable, and that our email be reserved for the kinds of business, correspondence, spam, spear-phishing, and other standard uses to which it’s better suited.

With all that in mind, now would be a good time to submit to Issue #3, set for Winter 2017 release. And of course please keep an eye out for Issue #2, which should be ready to launch by the end of September (gulp).

Submissions are Open. Sunset, Sunrise.

Please note that we have updated our submissions page to reflect the fact that we are now reading for Issue #3. Submissions remain open, but we have decided to close consideration for #2. All further work received will be considered for #3.

Our present plan is to publish on a roughly academic schedule through this year–fall release for #2 around September, and then a winter release for #3 around January. Submissions will very likely remain open throughout, and we will notify everyone when we transition to a new issue. We also have some special projects in the works (very exciting!) that may require some schedule shifts–we will of course let you know when we know!

Vermillion Reading: a story in too many pictures

We at Sun Star Review are absurdly lucky people. We are lucky to have received so many great submissions to our humble startup journal. We are lucky for the chance to publish all the wonderful writers whose work appeared in our inaugural. And we are tremendously lucky to have so many friends and supporters in the Seattle writerly community. On Tuesday, August 2, we were reminded of just how special that community is for our belated inaugural reading at Vermillion in Capital Hill. The turnout was incredible, and a full house was treated to the work of Sun Star contributors Justine Chan, Mark Petterson, Maria Rosa Mills, Rachel Linn, and Adriana Campoy (who, speaking of luck, just happened to be swinging through Seattle for a couple days after returning from her usual study at an obscure school called Cambridge or some such thing). And superstar Seattle poet Alison Stagner reminded us that she is a superstar. The evening wrapped up with a set from The Bailey Range, and we would be grossly negligent if we failed to offer special thanks to Josh Potter (writer, drummer, and general good dude), who put in so much work to bring this reading together!

[Pictured from top, left to right: pregame; Miranda opens ceremonies; more Miranda as MC; Justine Chan; Mark Petterson; a vagrant; Maria Rosa Mills; Rachel Linn; more Rachel Linn; sparkle shoes for some reason; superstar Alison Stagner; Adriana Campoy; The Bailey Range; more The Bailey Range (Josh Potter on drums!)]