Rise Up Review is a landing site for the poetry of opposition. 

The poems on Rise Up are meant to be disseminated like little manifestos. In that regard, each poem is featured as a JPEG, which makes for easy sharing. William Carlos Williams says that "it is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men [and women] die miserably everyday for lack of what is found there." 

Poetry has the ability to address injustices and oppression in a manner that is both lyrical and intimate. The best such instances of this power avoid the didactic, because we learn about human evils and frailties, human love and strength, from the stories we tell. Poetry is a hammer is a flame is a flag of dissent is an olive branch. We proffer it to you. 

Because Resistance is Fertile

Managing Editor: Sonia Greenfield was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, and her book, Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market, won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of places, including in the 2018 and 2010 Best American PoetryLos Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and Willow Springs. Her chapbook, American Parable, won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review prize and was released in April of 2018. Her collection of prose poems, Letdown, is forthcoming in 2020 with White Pine Press as part of the Marie Alexander Series. She lives with her husband and son in Hollywood where she volunteers as a political organizer and co-directs the Southern California Poetry Festival

Addy Robinson McCulloch is a graduate of Duke University and a freelance writer and editor. Her own writing has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize as well as Best of the Net. Her work appears in publications such as Rise Up Review; The Ghazal Page; Quarterday Review; Minerva Rising; Red Sky an anthology of writing about the body from Sable Press; What Matters, an anthology of poetry from Jacar Press; and Get Out of My Crotch: 21 Writers Respond to America’s War on Women’s Rights and Reproductive Health.

Jeri Theriault’s collection, Radost, my red, was published by Moon Pie Press in 2016. Her chapbook, In the Museum of Surrender, won the 2013 Encircle Publications Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Rattle, The Atlanta Review and the American Journal of Poetry and anthologies such as French Connections: An Anthology of Poetry by Franco-AmericansThe Return of Kral Majales, Prague's International Literary Renaissance 1990-2010, and Three-Nations Anthology. Her reviews have appeared in Connotation Press: an Online Artifact and The Collagist. A Fulbright recipient and three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Jeri holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her teaching career included six years as the English department chair at the International School of Prague. She lives in South Portland, Maine. 

Mela Blust is a poet and artist residing in a quiet valley in rural Pennsylvania. She has been writing poetry since she was a child. Her work has appeared in Rust+Moth, Anti-Heroin Chic, Califragile, Tilde Journal, Setu Magazine, Isacoustic, and more, and is forthcoming in The Nassau Review, The Sierra Nevada Review, and The Bitter Oleander, among others. Her first poetry collection, Girl-shaped Thing, is forthcoming with Anti-Heroin Chic in fall 2019, and her second collection, Skeleton Parade, is forthcoming with Apep Publications in early 2020.

Rise Up Review is a labor of love; however, we do have a few expenses such as the cost for Web hosting and our use of Submittable, which enables us to keep better track of submissions and to make the process of reading them more efficient. As this is the case, please consider supporting this journal so that we may continue this project into the foreseeable future. 

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