Introducing Tupelo Quarterly’s New Editor-in-Chief!

Tupelo Quarterly‘s first year has proven a grand adventure, each issue a treasury of riches. As Tupelo Quarterly‘s gates open on its second year, we’re excited to announce that Christopher Kondrich has joined us as TQ‘s new Editor-in-Chief!


A voracious reader who is committed to poetry and prose, art and hybrid forms alike, Chris is intellectually adventurous, whole-body aware, generous with his ideas, and warm in the way he communicates. We’re thrilled to begin working with him.
Christopher Kondrich is the author of Contrapuntal (Parlor Press, 2013), a New Measure Poetry Prize finalist. His poems appear or are forthcoming in American Letters & Com

mentary, Boston Review, Colorado Review, Green Mountains Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, Meridian, Sixth Finch, Verse Daily, Western Humanities Review, and Washington Square, while his criticism appears in Colorado Review, CutBank, and Jacket2. A 2013 winner of The Paris-American Reading Series Prize, he holds an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD in English & Creative Writing from the University of Denver where he was an editor for Denver Quarterly. Chris writes, edits and teaches in Denver, and is passionate about work with sincerity, curiosity, reverence and gravity, work that, as Allen Grossman puts it, “becomes present to itself by becoming present to others.”


Also joining us at TQ are two Co-Managing Editors: Sarah Russell and Kaylie Sweet, who are talented, smart, dedicated, and experienced.


Sarah Russell is the Administrative Director at Tupelo Press, and will add the title of Co-Managing Editor of Tupelo Quarterly to her repertoire. Prior to joining Tupelo Press, Sarah worked in sales and marketing for a large internet company and also designed and edited her own online lifestyle publication, Return to Sender. A writer at heart, she studied creative writing with a concentration in poetry at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and continued to study creative writing in graduate school at University of Essex in Colchester, UK. Sarah has particular interest in translated poetry as well as epistolary poetry, the latter the topic of her master’s dissertation.


Kaylie Sweet serves as Administrative Assistant at Tupelo Press, as well as the Administrative Coordinator of the 30/30 Project. Now, she, too, will add the title of Co-Managing Editor of Tupelo Quarterly to her assignments. She recently graduated from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with a degree in English, concentration in literature, which she intends to continue pursuing at the graduate level. During her stay at MCLA, Kaylie’s work appeared numerous times in Spires, the college’s literary arts magazine, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief. Kaylie harbors a particular interest in work that defies boundary and definition, in language that sharpens the tongue.
We congratulate former Editor-in-Chief Jessamyn Smyth on her sensational work on year one of TQ, and wish her well as she begins a new chapter in Canada.
Please extend a warm welcome to Chris, Sarah, and Kaylie — we’re excited to see what happens in year two!
The TQ5 Poetry Contest is accepting entries between July 15 – August 26.
First prize: $1,000! Amaud Jamaul Johnson will be our judge.
Amaud’s most recent book, Darktown Follies, was named one of Slate’s Ten Best Poetry Books of 2013, a Recommended Poetry Book of 2013 by Split This Rock, and won Bronze in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards in Poetry. His previous book, Red Summer, was a Dorset Prize winner.
Read the full guidelines here.

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