SOUND is a literary magazine on contemporary musico-poetics, exploring the way sound is thought about and utilized by today's poets. 

➳Do you have to be a poet with some special knowledge of music to be a part of SOUND? No - although, we do, and if you do too, we think that's fabulous.
➳Do you have to know anything about music? Nope.
➳Do you have to have an awareness of your own poetry? YES. And, of course, if you're a musician, you need to know about music, but poets don't.

Musico-poetics isn’t about music – it’s about sound. Our discussions center around the acoustics, musical structures, and linguistics of both poetry writing and performance. Although we ask poets to interview poets, we also invite musicians, singers, composers, and librettists into our conversations to gain fresh insight through cross-disciplinary dialogue.We want you to let us in on your process to help shape what SOUND talks about, and how the subject of sound in poetry should be approached in our contemporary setting.


Answer all Q&A questions listed here. You may also include:
  • 1-2 poems (either a link to something previously published, or a poem you'd like to submit to us for publication)
  • an audio file of you reading one of those poems, or just reading a poem of yours in general. The best poem to send is one that does a great job of illustrating the answers in your Q&A. If your audio is published it MAY be added to our beautiful bandcamp album.

SOUND is looking for one-time reviewers as well as correspondents to do poetry reading style reviews. Attend a poetry reading and tell us about the reading style of one or more of the poets.

What to focus on: the quality of their voice, their inflection, mannerisms, dress, what they read off of, etc. – whatever strikes you. Additionally, you may submit an audio or video recording of the poet(s), and/or a brief interview asking them why they read the way they do. Do they consider themselves a reader or a performer? Do they concentrate more on sense or sound while reading? Do they consider what they wear or how they interact with the audience?

Example: SOUND Reviews: The Poetry Reading Styles of Jane Wong and Rich Smith
SOUND welcomes articles on any facet of contemporary musico-poetics in written poetry and/or performance. Don't know much about music? That's okay. Musico-poetics isn't about music, it's about sound. Not sure what to write on? Find a running list of ideas here.
Please send:
  • 1-3 previously unpublished poems 
  • (optional) an audio or video file of you reading that poem
Audio/Video: If we accept your poem without audio or video we will give you another opportunity to submit them. 

NOTE: We are NOT specifically looking for poems that talk directly about music or sound. We ARE looking for poems that make use of the sounds inherent to our language, and for poetry that is well-crafted, thrilling, devastating. Musico-poetics isn't about music, it's about sound.

Our interviews are conversations between two poets, or a poet and a musician, singer, composer, or librettist. 

If you're a poet who doesn't know much about music, that's ok - leave that part to the musicians. Musico-poetics isn’t about music, it’s about sound.

Discussions can touch on a boundless range of topics so long as they concern contemporary musico-poetics in written poetry and/or performance. You may choose to discuss a particular poem of yours or composition, talk about the way you prepare for performing in public, or consider where the sounds in your poetry came from. Do we have a set of starter questions to get you going? We sure do!

Submit below to let us know you're interested, and direct all questions to soundlit@gmail.com.