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    March 21, 2006

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    Steven List

    My business partner and I just exhibited at the AWP Bookfair which was, conveniently, held in Austin, Texas where we live. Even having read the list of exhibitors, we had no idea what to expect.

    Of the 300 or so exhibitors, I'd guess that 1/3 to 1/2 were Journals, Reviews, and publishers of poetry and short stories. I was actually astounded, since I don't normally live in the worlds of Literature and Poetry (capitals intended :) ). Verb was there, among a large crowd of others.

    I'm curious - why do you suppose that there are so many Journals and Reviews and magazines focused on Poetry and Literature? I asked a number of them what their numbers were, and the average seemed to be around 1500. Very few said anything over 2000.

    Many of them are published and supported by universities, so I can see them as an outlet for writers and poets of all types in the academic environment. I was just surprised to see so many, and all in one place.

    I'm learning a lot about this in a short time, and appreciate interviews like this that educate me.

    Thanks!

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