Jasminum McMullen | Editor, Fiction & Poetry
Jasminum McMullen is a Sharpie pen enthusiast, a Jackson family nerd, and daughter of Oak Park, Illinois. Her poems and fiction have appeared in CRAM, Journal of Modern Poetry (JOMP), Journal of Ordinary Thought (JOT), Stella Veritatis, and A Gathering Together. She is an MFA candidate at Vermont College of Fine Arts.
Whachya been reading/watching/enjoying lately?
I am watching the last season of Game of Thrones.
Some titles from my current reading list:
• Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
• Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
• Skin Folk by Nalo Hopkinson
• Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
• The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
• Magical Negro by Morgan Parker
What do you look for in a strong submission?
A strong narrative voice. I love purposeful dialogue. Ultimately, I’d like to read ambitious work from writers who aren’t afraid to take a chance thematically or structurally.
What do you love about rural creative communities?
Rural creative communities are beautiful, peaceful, and welcoming.
What’s something you wish you could change about/for rural creative communities?
I wish I could help raise the voices of LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters in rural creative communities and that just so happens to be my mission here at Mount Island. Watch me work!
What are your current obsessions?
The word “good” as a description of writing that works. Also, Toni Morrison and Megan Thee Stallion.
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