Small Press: Lantern Review

February 4, 2010

These folks are great. They've been blogging since November 2009, spotlighting poets from different parts of the country, and providing writing prompts to nudge us gently out of writers' block. Here's some more good stuff about them:

Mission Statement

Lantern Review aims to serve the literary community by providing a virtual space in which to promote and discuss the work of contemporary Asian American poets and artists. We seek to publish expertly crafted work in a variety of forms and aesthetics, including traditional and experimental pieces, hybrid forms, multimedia work, and new translations. We welcome pieces from anglophone writers of all ethnic backgrounds whose work has a vested interest in issues relevant to the Asian diaspora in North America, as well as work created collaboratively in a community context.

About the Name

Lanterns are cross-cultural symbols of aesthetic beauty, hope, festivity, and enlightenment. They have historically been a feature of community celebrations, and are also linked with exploration, discovery, and the forging of new paths. By choosing a lantern as our emblem, we hope to reflect our desire that Lantern Review would help to shed light on the multifaceted, ever-evolving creature that is “Asian American poetry,” as well as to be a stage on which the question, “What is contemporary Asian American poetry and where is it headed?” can be played out.

Those are some very good and useful questions they're asking. It's exciting that we can participate in providing answers.

Find out more about Lantern Review at their website.