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Below is our incredible Fall 2018 issue, with a special remembrance of Sam Hamill, and

a mini-anthology of poems by individuals with autism.


We are reading now for the Spring, 2019 issue.  

Please submit below.  


Fall, 2019 will be a Special Issue focused onNeurodivergent,

Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetry 

(more information below).

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Special Issue: Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip Poetics

Publication Date: Fall 2019  Guest Editor: Diane R. Wiener



Nine Mile's Fall 2018 issue (Vol. 6, Issue 1) included a section called "Other Engines," devoted to the work of neurodivergent writers.  Our Fall 2019 issue (Vol. 7, Issue 1) will be devoted entirely to the work of self-identified Disabled, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poets, with particular attention paid to Neurodivergent—including Autistic—poets.


Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poetics are at the heart of poetics, well beyond the too-often hurtful and ignorant ways in which disability is used as a metaphor or to forward a storyline.  Neurodivergent, Disabled, Deaf, Mad, and Crip poets (whether or not we write about disability) must in our view be represented at the center of poetry publishing.  (More information is below about the Special Issue and Nine Mile.)






For consideration, please submit 10 to 15 poems in Word or Text by July 1, 2019 to Diane@ninemile.org, with the subject line "Fall 2019 Submission."


Previously published work is welcome.  If accepted, it will be the author's responsibility to acquire republication permission from the appropriate source(s).  We pay $5 for each published poem.


NOTE:  We are not equipped to accept video content or visual images, at this time.  Please only submit written poetry.

Please also include with your submission:


1. your name, email address, and home address

2. a paragraph about yourself (background, achievements, etc.)

3. a statement about your aesthetic intentions (why and how you write "the ways you do")

4. a photograph of yourself




More About This Special Issue


Since 2007, the online journal, Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature (Editor-in-Chief, Michael Northen), has done stellar work in featuring disability poetics, and literary work by and about disability.  However, Neurodivergent (including Autistic), Disabled, Deaf, Mad (including Emotionally Variant and Mentally Ill), and Crip poets have generally not been well represented in other mainstream or outlier literary journals, magazines, and anthologies.  Moreover, we often do not feel welcomed to or within literary conferences and creative writing spaces, both public and academic, due to exclusion whether intended or accidental.


The groundbreaking collection, Beauty is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability (edited by Jennifer Bartlett, Michael Northen, and Sheila Black; Cinco Puntos Press, 2011), disrupted this pattern, in its foregrounding of poets with physical disabilities.  In particular, Bartlett's recent essays in Poets & Writers and The New York Times (including new work by disabled poets, published in August, 2018), and Jillian Weise's contributions— as herself, and as Tipsy Tullivan (via social media, and in myriad other venues)— have taken issue with the exclusionary trend.  Increasingly, commentaries about these issues are appearing by other disabled and nondisabled poets and writers.

This Special Issue is part of Nine Mile's ongoing commitments, in these and many other important areas.




Nine Mile publishes great writing, with a special focus on Central New York.
 We publish twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall.
 Our name comes from Nine Mile Creek, a 25-mile long waterway formed 14,000 years ago by glaciers in our region.  Like our namesake creek, Nine Mile is varied and surprising,
 with different writings coming together to form a cohesive whole.


We also produce the Talk About Poetry Podcasts on

iTunes & at Soundcloud, where working poets engage

in a freewheeling discussion of poems

that interest us.  The link is  on the menu above

Our book series is linked above, with books

available here, and on Amazon and Apple books.


For poetry submit 4 – 6 poems in word or text formats, no PDF. Please look at our format before you submit.  We include artist’s bio, picture, and aesthetic statements to help the reader seeing your work for the first time.  We do not accept essays, reviews, video / motion based art, or Q&A’s at this time.


Submissions should be sent email to: editor@ninemile.org



Bob Herz

Andrea Scarpino

Editor/Founder of Nine Mile is Bob Herz, an MFA graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, author of two books of poetry, former editor of Seneca Review and the Hobart & William Smith College Press, and various business and general publications. He worked for some years for the State Legislature, where he authored the Arts & Cultural Affairs Law, the NYS Poet and Fiction awards, the Elderlaw, and many others. He is a business consultant.  He is married and lives in LaFayette, NY.

Andrea Scarpino, author of the poetry collections Once Upon Wing Lake (Four Chambers Press, 2017), What the Willow Said as it Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016) and Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She received a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She has published in numerous journals, and she served as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 2015-2017. Her upcoming edited anthology is Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press; March 1, 2019).

Whitney Daniels

Stephen Kuusisto

Editor emeritus is Whitney Daniels, a BFA graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Communications Design and owner of WRKDesigns, a full service surface pattern and graphic design studio in Syracuse, NY. She is a member of the Junior League of Syracuse, Near Westside Initiative Business Association, Syracuse First, and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. Her designs and handmade products have been featured in The Post-Standard, Syracuse Woman Magazine, Syracuse New Times, and Salt City Magazine. Her eco-friendly handmade products (jewelry, accessories, and home decor items), are available on her Etsy Shop as well as various craft fairs throughout the year. Ms. Daniels is responsible for the look and feel of the magazine, and its blog.

Co-editor/publisher is Stephen Kuusisto, author of the memoirs Have Dog Will Travel, Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship and is Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute. He is a frequent speaker on disability and diversity issues around the US and abroad.


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