The Prose-Poem Project brings together the following, each on its own generally considered by purists to be imperfect, but in combination turning out to fit one another, in a geometrical sort of way, surprisingly well:
1. The prose poem (as a completely separate and necessary literary category)
2. The computer screen (as reading surface)
3. The internet (as marketplace/literary salon)
We hope the strength of the combination will persuade visitors that in fact these three forms, eagerly awaiting content, intersect in such a way as to create fresh possibilities for readers and writers.
While already straddling the traditional boundaries of several categories — prose VS poem; screen VS page; live, in-person interaction VS isolated, impersonal virtual relating — this website has been purposely designed to hover halfway between one more set of opposites: the unrestricted blog–message-board-type website that anyone can post to VS a static "storefront" serving as the reluctant "web presence" for an established journal that is so highly competitive few writers have any hope of having their work accepted for publication.
We aim to be somewhere in between.
Equinox began as a small, local publishing operation in 1987, offering editing, writing, layout, design, proofreading, and printing services. Over the years, our publications have included a health food cookbook for chefs self-marketed by the author; private family memoirs; collections of pieces for town historical societies; family genealogy calendars for individuals; school literary journals, etc.
We have evolved to becoming a combined online and print publisher, more invested in preserving and promoting literary efforts less inherently suited to the digital age of shiny surfaces.
You can reach us at the following:
P.O. Box 424
Shelburne VT 05482
Our Panel of Readers
Our readers are all published writers and/or hold at least a BA or BFA in English/Writing and/or hold an MA and/or MFA in Poetry and/or Fiction Writing. Their tastes include every kind of literature except mass market, and their standards individually and cumulatively are high (while still being open-minded).
Managing Editor: Ellen Clay has a BA in English/Writing; an MA in Fiction Writing (1985); an MFA in Poetry Writing (2002); has had poems published in Third Coast and Kalliope; is the recipient of a New Jersey Council on the Arts Grant for Fiction; was a proofreader/copy editor for NY trade book and textbook publishers for 15 years; has owned and operated a small publishing business since 1987; and for the past 7 years has taught English Composition, Creative Writing, and other introductory English, essay-writing, and fiction/poetry writing classes at Johnson State College, Community College of Vermont, and the University of Vermont—both in the classroom and online.
Contributing Editors are a rotating group of editors and writers volunteering their time, advice, and critical eyes.