The Bind was created to increase readership for new poetry books by women and nonbinary authors. We publish creative reviews of full-length collections and chapbooks of poetry and hybrid-genre work, including translated work. This is an intersectional feminist venture, and we aim to include books by women of color, queer women, trans women, working-class women, women with disabilities, and a range of other women and nonbinary people who find themselves at various intersections. A new review will be posted each week.
Creative reviewing is at the heart of this site. We define "review" broadly. In addition to traditional reviews and micro-reviews, we will publish a variety of reader responses to and interactions with books, including lists, centos, collages, mind maps, marginalia, drawings, spells, and conversations—as long the focus remains on the book being reviewed. We think the value of a poetry review lies in its ability to open doors of understanding and intrigue.
We take submissions of reviews! While we prefer reviews of books published within the last year, we will accept reviews of books up to three years old. At this time, we do not take reviews of self-published books or books printed through vanity presses. We do not take previously published reviews. Although we only review books by women and nonbinary writers, we accept reviews written by anyone, including men. We encourage men to read and promote the work of women and non-binary authors! Pitches, queries, or completed reviews (creative or traditional) can be emailed to the.bind.reviews [at] gmail [dot] com. If you have a strange idea for a creative review, but you're unsure if it would be a good fit here, just get in touch. We'd love to see interactive and multimedia reviews made by people who are more tech-savvy than we are. We pay our reviewers in the form of good vibes (three per word).
If you are interested in having your own poetry or hybrid-genre book reviewed in The Bind, please email the.bind.reviews [at] gmail [dot] com. We have a backlog of books, and reviews are never guaranteed, but we're always happy to hear from you. We're especially interested in books by women of color, trans women, queer women, and nonbinary authors.