Our literary journal, Orson's Review, has had the recent fortune of adding Alisha Crump to its staff as Poetry Editor. Not only does Alisha bring to the table an extensive background with the written word -- she brings a rare passion that's already beaming through her work.
We're so glad to have her on board, and, after checking out the brief interview below, we think it'll be easy to see why.
*This interview involves Orson's Publishing (OP) and Alisha Crump (AC).
OP: What do you look for most in a submission?
AC: I love descriptive imagery and something surprising that captures my attention from beginning to end. I want to be whisked away, so to speak.
OP: Favorite thing to do outside of writing and/or editing?
AC: I like to read and watch TV. I’m a homebody, which means that I enjoy low-key activities.
OP: Tell us about where you’re from. Does where you're from impact your writing?
AC: I’m from Wabash, Indiana, which is a small town. I’m surprised to learn that my small town experiences can make for an interesting read.
OP: Tell us about where you’re going. Where do you hope this writing/editing journey leads you?
AC: I’m not sure where I’m going. Does anyone? I just feel grateful for even getting the opportunity to edit poetry again. It would be nice to be a full-time poetry editor and get paid for it, but I realize that this would be a rare find. So, in the meantime, I’m perfectly content with volunteering.
OP: Orson’s Review is unable to pay its editors at this time. How do you pay your bills?
AC: I work part-time as an Access Services Library Assistant at my public library. I love being around the books and encouraging the community to love them, too!
OP: Tell us about the biggest sacrifice you’ve made to be a writer and/or editor.
AC: I don’t think any sacrifice is involved when you love what you do. I couldn’t be happier being a writer and editor!
OP: What do you want most out of your literary community?
AC: I want them to realize the opportunities that exist for writers. Most importantly, I want them to know that they’re not alone. Writing can be a lonely gig, which is why I want my literary community to know that there are other writers out there to connect and share ideas with.
OP: What’s your all-time favorite work of poetry?
AC: This is such a hard question! I love so many poems! If I had to choose, I would say “Ape” by Russell Edson is one of my favorite poems. I like that it’s weird, yet still makes sense.
OP: What’s your all-time favorite work outside of poetry?
AC: This is another hard question! I love Sarah Einstein’s nonfiction piece, “Self-Portrait in Apologies”. Reading this piece was like riding on an emotional rollercoaster. I also had the chance to meet her, which was pretty neat.
OP: Any words of advice for poets out there looking to submit?
AC: Don’t be afraid to take a risk! Sadly, I don’t see enough poets doing this. Writing is all about being creative, so experiment!
Alisha Crump graduated with her BA in English Studies from Ball State University. She was a poetry editor for Ball State’s national literary magazine, The Broken Plate. Keeping her passion alive, she is now a poetry editor for the Torrid Literature Journal and Orson’s Review, of course. Her poetry has been published in Junto Magazine and Sun & Sandstone. When she is not reading, writing, or editing poetry, she can be found reading a Stephen King novel or watching reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.