Bettering American Poetry is an ongoing act of resistance and celebration.

“Imagine this. A calling of our names, a murmuring of our ghosts, a shouting in our blood. Thank you, dear editors and poets, for burning through to bone, for acknowledging our cuts, for naming our skeletal struggles. Thank you for this edge of safety, for this bit of home.”

Ching-In Chen, author of The Heart’s Traffic and recombinant (winner of the 2018 Lambda Literary Award for Trans Poetry)

They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as hybridized forms that push the boundaries of concepts like “genre” and “author.”

“According to the Greeks, the origin of the word anthology can literally be translated as “flowergathering”. They Said gathers the most original and complementary blossoms in the literary garden and creates rare and distinctive bouquets. From poetry to creative non-fiction and more, from voices both familiar and yet-to-be discovered by some, there are splendid petals here for every reader to pluck.”

Lynne Thompson