Thank you

to the Central New York Community Foundation, which has generously provided a grant to aid in the publication of Nine Mile Magazine and of our Nine Mile book series.  

Nine Mile Magazine


Nine Mile is an online magazine of literature and art. Our mission is to publish the best writing and artwork from across the country, with a special focus on Central New York.  We publish twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall, and with our Spring 2016 issue, have added a print version.  Our name is from Nine Mile Creek, a local waterway formed by glaciers some 14,000 years ago, that runs 25 miles from Otisco Lake, in the town of Marcellus, into Onondaga Lake in the Town of Geddes, with a watershed that covers ten towns in Onondaga County and two in Cortland County. The creek has different elevations, turns, and speeds, and like it, the magazine also seeks to be varied, with different writings and arts coming together to form a cohesive whole. We hope you enjoy it.

While here, check out our Talk About Poetry Blog site or the Talk About Poetry podcasts on iTunes or at Soundcloud, where several working poets discuss poems and poets that interest, engage, or annoy us.  The conversation is unscripted, meaning that anything can be said, and frequently is.  We also publish a book series, with books available at Small Press Distribution, and on Amazon.  Our catalogue is here.

The artwork above is from the current Spring 2016 magazine issue.  It is by Carlos Franco-Ruiz.   


For poetry: submit 4 - 6 poems in word, text, or pdf format.  For artwork submit 3-5 small jpg files.  Submission should be done via email to:  Include your name and contact information along with a brief paragraph about yourself (background, education, achievements, etc), and a photo of yourself.  We will respond within two weeks. If we decide to include you in the magazine we will also ask for a brief statement of your aesthetic, that is, what you're up to in these poems or artwork.  We believe this helps the reader encountering your work for the first time.  If you do not hear from us, reconnect to make sure we received your submission.  

Note that for now at least we do not accept essays, reviews, video / motion based art, or Q&A's without invitation.  

The Editors

Editor/Founder of Nine Mile is Bob Herz, an MFA graduate of the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, author of two books of poetry, former editor of Seneca Review, and of the Hobart & William Smith College Press, and former editor of various business and general newspapers.  He worked for some years for the State Legislature, where he authored the Arts & Cultural Affairs Law, the Elderlaw, and many others.  He is married and lives in LaFayette, NY.

Co-editor/publisher is Stephen Kuusisto, author of the memoirs Planet of the Blind (a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”) and Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening and of the poetry collections Only Bread, Only Light, and Letters to Borges. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a Fulbright Scholar, he has taught at the University of Iowa, Hobart & William Smith Colleges, and Ohio State University. He currently directs the Renée Crown Honors Program at Syracuse University where he holds a professorship in the Center on Human Policy, Law, and Disability Studies. He is a frequent speaker on disability and diversity issues around the US and abroad. 

Editor emeritus is Whitney Daniels, a BFA graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in Communications Design and owner of WRKDesigns, a full service surface pattern and graphic design studio in Syracuse, NY. She is a member of the Junior League of Syracuse, Near Westside Initiative Business Association, Syracuse First, and Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority. Her designs and handmade products have been features in The Post-Standard, Syracuse Woman Magazine, Syracuse New Times, and Salt City Magazine.  When not working her day job, Whitney spends her time creating eco-friendly handmade products (jewelry, accessories, and home decor items), which are available on her Etsy Shop as well as various craft fairs throughout the year.  Ms. Daniels is responsible for the look and feel of the magazine, and its blog.