‘Plumwood Mountain’, an important and classy Australian journal working within the boundaries of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics, is seeking a Managing Editor and Editorial Administration Team.
This is interesting news on a number of levels, not least for the journal’s transparency and its openness to change…
It’s also interesting to read poet Peter Boyle’s response to the question —
‘… in the current climate of ecological crisis and political wrangling over funding to the arts, what role do you feel poetry does, or could, play in our society?
— posed by Denise O’Hagan, in an interview published in ‘The Nib’ (Sept 2020):
As far as the ecological crisis goes, it is part of our consciousness. It infuses the world we live in, so the sense of living in dark times inevitably comes into the poetry any open, receptive poet writes. There is a strong eco-poetics movement in Australia and a journal like Plumwood Mountain features a lot of it. Many people write directly about environmental and social issues, and much very accomplished, very interesting poetry is written that way, but I think poetry can also operate more indirectly, in a subtler way. Personally, the poetry that speaks to me most can be about anything, or it might start with one thing and then slide into being about something else. I especially like poems that look for the spaces between things, sidestep and swerve, and end up taking me somewhere new.
Managing Editor and Editorial Administration Team – Call for Expressions of Interest
Journal ‘Plumwood Mountain’ is in a time of transition.
After 7 years, Managing Editor Anne Elvey will be stepping down at the end of 2020. At the same time the Editorial Board intends to deepen its commitments to decentring or deemphasising the human in ecopoetics while holding this vision in a wider frame of cultural responsibility both in Australia and internationally.
“As part of our continuing affirmation of more-than-human agencies, of intersections between environmental activism and cultures of poetry, and of the complex entanglements of race, gender, sexuality, location and class in an emerging ecopoetics, the journal wants to expand its editorial board to reflect these commitments. As part of this development, the new Managing Editor has the option to find a new name for the journal.”
Expressions of interest are called for a Managing Editor and Editorial Administration Team that would with an Editorial Board shape the future of the journal and undertake the tasks of bringing it to publication. These are voluntary positions.
Three kinds of Expression of Interest are invited
From an individual who would become managing editor and who would build an editorial administration team; or
From a team of three or four who would take on the roles of managing editor and editorial administration team between them; or
From an existing journal in the fields of environmental humanities or literature which would incorporate, as a significant component, an ecological poetry and poetics section/corner as a successor to ‘Plumwood Mountain journal’ with a suitable dedicated editor.
The preference is for Indigenous leadership in the management and editorship of the journal, and diversity in the editorial administration teams and editorial boards that adds to existing diversities of representation on the board.
The incoming Managing Editor will be strongly encouraged and supported to explore funding opportunities to pay contributors to the journal and to cover administrative and management costs.
More at ‘Plumwood Mountain’.