Barton is a poet, teacher, writing coach, and editor. For her creative work, she draws from the woods of Indiana, the mountains of West Virginia, and the grandest landscapes of Alaska. Her current life, anchored in the Pacific Northwest’s Willamette Valley, also feeds her muse. She is an ongoing member of the Calyx Editorial Collective, reads for Cloudbank, and serves as assistant to the editor in chief of the Timberline Review, an imprint of Willamette writers. She recently concluded her term as co-chair for Writers on the River, the Corvallis chapter of Willamette Writers. To learn more about her and her work, go to rachelbartonwriter.com
What she is looking for:
I enjoy reading many kinds of poetry if the poet invites me into the experience of the poem. This means I am looking for a degree of accessibility and also imagery, musicality, concise and artful language, and an authentic voice that might take me on a ramble. I want to follow at least the trace of a narrative or thematic thread. I want to be surprised by the unexpected turn.
This is not a forum for light verse, political rants, or explicit sexual content, and I do not want explanations—I want the experience. I want to know what shakes you to the core or shifts you with subtlety into a new awareness. Please send your best work.