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Fresh poetry from Peach mag


Matthew Bookin, Bre Kiblin, and Rachelle Toarmino started the online poetry zine Peach Mag in the summer of 2016. Since its inauguration, the editors have introduced a weekly column in The Public, created a print anthology series, and founded an annual poetry award called Peach Gold in Poetry. This year’s guest judge is Morgan Parker, American poet and literary icon. The winner will be announced later in the spring.


Bookin and Toarmino’s name for the mag is itself the result of creative wordplay. The two had a game where they would pair a random word or phrase with “press,” “mag,” or “house,” which eventually led to Peach Mag. The word “peach” turned out to have more of a meaning than the two thought.


“Since landing on the name, I discovered that in Renaissance art, the peach is a symbol for the heart, and the leaf is a symbol for the tongue; when depicted together, they indicate speaking truth from one’s heart. I love how that ties into what we’re trying to promote,” Toarmino says.


The goal of Peach Mag is to “offer a fun and inclusive space for writers of all genres, background, and stages of their careers.” Another goal is to inspire others to write, and teach them that anyone can do it.


Peach Mag is currently accepting submissions for the Peach Gold in Poetry, but act quickly, because entries close April 20. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $500 and publication in Peach Mag.


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