Elbow Room- contributors speak part three

I am still writing and, I hope, becoming more focussed and skilful. I think I must be a bit like fungus though - that most of this development takes place underground! 

- Jim Conwell

Since my poems were included in Volume 14 of Elbow Room, my work has appeared in print and online publications, as well as being anthologised. One of my poems was The Missouri Review's Poem of the Week and another was long-listed for Dempsey and Windle'sBrian Dempsey Memorial  Poetry Competition, but my most important accomplishment was the publication of my debut chapbook, Reasons (for Moving), by Structo in 2017. 

Getting Reasons (for Moving) published was certainly a learning experience and the lessons included things like: 1. Delays are inevitable. If there's a release date, tack on several months to preserve your sanity. 2. Throwing your own launch party is harder than it sounds, but a sparse turnout can just as easily feel intimate. 3. Promotion is a real challenge, but local open mic nights are decent places to flog your work and meet like-minded people. 

- David Russomano

It was a privilege for me to be featured in Elbow Room alongside established writers, such as George Szirtes, and emerging ones alike. In beautiful hand bound editions, and with thoughtful curation and editing, Rosie and Zelda created space for writing and artwork to flourish. Not only this, but for many writers, including myself, their events were our first paid readings. The generous, warm and professional environment was a standard bearer, influencing many contributors -- such as Lewis Buxton, now running TOAST Poetry -- who have gone on to organize their own events. This massively positive influence will, I hope, continue to be felt. Those of us lucky enough to have been a part of them will remember those evenings, and will treasure our copies of the magazine.

- Andrew Wells