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About Mudfish: In Mudfish, the poet is seen as a storyteller. The art and poetry interlock, one enhancing the other. The journal is highly acclaimed, full of daring and resonant work.

Contact Information:

Editor: Jill Hoffman

184 Franklin Street

Gr. Fl.

New York, NY  10013

Phone: (212) 219-9278



Submission/Subscription Information:

Genres: poetry, art

Simultaneous submissions: no Email submissions: no Reading period: year-round Response time: 3-6 months Payment: yes (see website) Contests: yes ISSN: 0 74470 92611 Founded: 1984 Issues per year: 1 Distributors: Ingram; Ubiquity Copy price: $12 Average pages: 208 Sample price (postpaid): $12 Subscription (Ind) 1 year: $12 Subscription (Inst) 1 year: $24

Publisher’s description: Mudfish, a journal of art and poetry, takes its title from the storyteller’s stool in Nigerian art. The poems each tell a story that has a lasting life inside the reader. They are resonant, visceral, reflecting and encapsulating our unique human experiences. There is a wide range to the subject matter and style, but the poems are all chosen because they have breath and life, a living voice.

Mudfish has featured work from the best established and emerging artists and poets—including John Ashbery, Charles Simic, Frank Stella—since it burst onto the poetry scene in 1984. The art creates breathing space for the poems, and a dialogue exists in which each work enhances the other. World famous, with a cult following, the journal contains the passionate, edgy, intimate voice of the 21st century. Mudfish is a memorable read, a handsome and generous journal that will surprise and delight and last. Poems have appeared in Best American Poetry and the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

Recent issues:

This issue has generated a lot of excitement. David Potter's photographs of Auschwitz/Birkenau (as well as 38 other artworks by other artists) are a good foil for the diverse intimate poetry of everyday life that Mudfish is famous for. There is a spontaneous unity to Mudfish 17 that, in spite of its variousness, makes it read as a single poem. For the first time, the artwork can be viewed on the website:


last updated 3/25/2014