Contact & Review Policy
Hello! If you’re interested in getting in touch with the Metre Maids, hopefully you’ll find all the information you need below!
We are very interested in reviewing and featuring both veteran and emerging poets, editors, and literary magazines. If you’d like to query us about a review, or send us a review copy, please contact one of the Metre Maids using the information below. We all have different tastes and styles, which we’ve outlined below. We can’t promise a review for every bit of material that we receive, but we will promise to treat your work with respect, and, when we can, we’ll pass on anything that doesn’t strike our fancy to a reviewer who might fall in love.
E. Kristin Anderson can be contacted at e.kristin.anderson AT gmail DOT com.
E. loves anything quirky, weird, or whimsical with a strong voice. She also loves reading poetry with a flavor for the fantastical and the speculative. Some of her favorite recent works include FAIRY TALES IN ELECTRI-CITY by Francesca Lia Block, COIN OPERA edited by Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone, issues of Barrelhouse and Fuselit. She is also an avid reader and writer of young adult fiction (not to mention an editor at a YA & Childrens lit mag), so if your work is of interest to teens, she probably wants to see it. E. is on NetGalley using the handle EKAnderson so she will read eGalleys (provided that they are formatted well) as well as hard copies (email for mailing address please!). E. also cross-posts her reviews on GoodReads and LibraryThing and occasionally on her author website at ekristinanderson.com.
Amber Beilharz can be contacted at amber.beilharz AT gmail DOT com.
Amber is drawn towards anything that is a) literary, b) magic realism or otherness c) that approaches imagery in an unusual way. The last books she’s read were HOW I LIVE NOW by Meg Rosoff and SURRENDER by Sonya Hartnett.
Helen Harvey Can be contacted at helenfharvey AT gmail DOT com.
Helen likes works that are serious and silly at the same time, puzzles that need to be solved, unusual voices and distinctive imagery. She likes to page-turn frantically while thinking “but this is also really clever.” She has never quite reached adulthood so generally prefers children’s and teenage literature, although she happily tolerates adult books that don’t take themselves too seriously. Helen recently discovered that every poem on Poetry 180 was a thoroughly decent poem, loved Meg Rosoff‘s novel There Is No Dog, and has enjoyed the quirky tales in Mark Fortsyth’s Etymologicon (he has a super-amusing Etymology blog/vlog too). Helen is happy to read anything in any format, ever. Reviews may be crossposted to her poet’s blog helenharveypoet.wordpress.com.
Chauncy Perry can be contacted at tiganusi AT gmail DOT com.
Chauncy really likes ghazals and Asian forms, but has been known to read other stuff too, leaning toward social commentary, transgressive styles, confessional verse, and poetry in translation. All-time favourites include The Door by Margaret Atwood, pretty much anything by Robert Lowell or Anne Sexton, and collections including Verlaine’s Poètes Maudits and The Other Voice: Twentieth-Century Women’s Poetry In Translation. French is his first language, he’s fluent in Spanish and can read pretty much any European language so don’t be shy to hit him up to review your collection of Euskara chants royals. Reviews may be cross-posted to various places on the internet; caveat dator.
Sarah Stanton can be contacted at theduckopera AT gmail DOT com.
Sarah’s taste runs to the quirky. She is particularly attracted to works which are grounded in a rich sense of their surroundings, have an unorthodox attitude towards metaphor and imagery, or are just outright weird. Whatever she happens to be reading, she wants it to surprise her, to jump up at her heart like a bouncy ball. Recent favourites include The Feather Room by Anis Mojgani, Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins and everything Todd Boss has ever published in Poetry. Sarah is also a professional translator, so poetry in translation is of particular interest to her, and she is able to read and review works both in English and Mandarin Chinese. She is on NetGalley using the handle theduckopera, and happy to read both eGalleys and hard copies with the disclaimer that mail to Beijing is not always reliable. All reviews will be crossposted to her personal blog at theduckopera.wordpress.com.
Broede Carmody can be contacted at broede DOT carmody AT gmail DOT com.
Broede is especially interested in contemporary Australian poetry and poetry by young writers. He is fond of language being used in interesting ways, as well as landscapes and lost objects. His favourite poets include Claire Potter, Jo Langdon, Ainslee Meredith and Judith Beveridge. All reviews will be crossposted to the Voiceworks magazine blog, Virgule.