ABOUT US

Welcome to Crosswinds Poetry Journal. We need the best poetry we can find from poets like you. We’d be honored if you’d  submit some poems to our journal.

Our mission:

Crosswinds Poetry Journal exists to provide a forum for well-crafted  poetry , and to give back to the community.

As part of our mission:

Crosswinds is grateful to have been able to continue our practice of donating a small portion of  the reading fees to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank and a few other charities. Since our first issue in 2016, we’ve donated over $1,500.00 to non-profits, thanks to  our poets, readers, and interested patrons.

Our journal production standards are high quality, and our annual print edition comes out every spring. We have no restrictions as to form, but will NOT consider poems exceeding 60 lines. Also please keep in mind our 66 character per line limit (INCLUDES SPACES AND PUNCTUATION). Crosswinds considers poems from seasoned writers to newer voices and sponsors an annual poetry contest with $1,350.00 in awards. The contest is judged by well-regarded poets. For complete guidelines, visit our contest page.


The Crosswind’s Poetry Staff:

Editor In-Chief: David Dragone.  Dave’s poetry has appeared in  Bryant Literary Review,  California Quarterly,  Connecticut River Review,  Common Ground Review, Commonweal, Providence Journal, and others . Some  of his work has been featured by Rhode Island Public Radio and Trinity Repertory Company. His first book of poems, Temperaments, was published in 2016.  He is a member of The Academy of American Poets and the Ocean State Poets.

Managing Editor: Marguerite Keil Flanders.

Margie has led workshops in libraries, schools, conferences, and Women’s Centers. For the last 9 years, she was part of a team that continues to facilitate a poetry group at the medium security prison in Cranston, Rhode Island. Her work has appeared in the Boston Review, Yankee Magazine, Nimrod International Journal, Poetry East, The Main Street Rag, and other publications. She is the author of a poetry collection, The Persuasive Beauty of Imperfection, and a member of Ocean State Poets.

Editor: Diana Cole.

Diana Cole, a Pushcart Prize nominee, is published in numerous journals including Poetry East, Spillway, Tar River Review, The Cider Press Review, Friends Journal, and the Main Street Rag. Her poetry book, Songs By Heart was published in March, 2018 by Iris Press. As a member of Ocean State Poets, she offers workshops in reading aloud and participates in projects to address social issues. Diana is also a stained glass artist where the interactions of rhythm, color and texture inspire her poetry.

Editor: Mary Ann Mayer.

Mary Ann is the author of  Salt and Altitudes (2014) and Kissing the Shuttle (2018). She has received a Massachusetts Cultural Council award, Boston’s Grub Street Poetry Prize, and numerous other honors. Her poems, essays, and translations have appeared widely. Her most recent work appears in the anthologies City & Sea (Frequency Writers/Drunken Boat Press) and The Best Of Kindness 2017 (Origami Poems Project), for which she served as finalist judge. Mary Ann divides her time between Sharon, MA and Franconia, NH.