Below is a sample of our Spring 2020 issue,
with new work by Jody Stewart, Cyrus Cassells,
Sandra McPherson, Linda Pennisi, and many others,
translations of Paul Eluard, and a double review
of Marvin Bell's
Incarnate:  The Collected Dead Man Poems.


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Nine Mile publishes twice yearly, showcasing the best work we receive from authors whose work, energy, and vision seem to us most deeply entangled with life.  Our name comes from Nine Mile Creek, a 25-mile long waterway formed 14,000 years ago by glaciers in our region.  Like our namesake creek, Nine Mile is varied and surprising, with different writings coming together to form a cohesive whole.


Our purpose is to bring great writing, and great talk about writing, to our readers, without consideration of school, style, or form, but with a special focus on Central New York.  This includes writers within and outside the mainstream, writers with disabilities, writers of color, writers with marginalized genders and sexual orientations, and writers from different cultures and religions.


We produce this magazine in inclusive and accessible formats.  We believe that poetry is everyone’s art.

The publishers gratefully acknowledge support of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  We also acknowledge support of the County of Onondaga and CNY Arts through the Tier Three Project Support Grant Program.   We have also received significant support from the Central New York Community Foundation.  This publication would not have been possible without their generous support.  We are grateful to them all.


We also produce the Talk About Poetry Podcasts on

iTunes & at Soundcloud, where working poets engage

in a freewheeling discussion of poems

that interest us.  The link is  on the menu above

Our book series is also linked above, with books

available here, and on Amazon and Apple books.


For poetry submit 4 – 6 poems in word or text formats, no PDF. Please look at our format before you submit.  We include artist’s bio, picture, and aesthetic statements to help the reader seeing your work for the first time.  We do not accept essays, reviews, video / motion based art, or Q&A’s at this time.  Submissions should be sent email to:



Bob Herz, founder & editor/publisher

Stephen Kuusisto, editor/publisher

Bob Herz is an MFA graduate of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, author of two books of poetry, former editor of Seneca Review and the Hobart & William Smith College Press, and various business and general publications. He worked for some years for the State Legislature, where he authored the Arts & Cultural Affairs Law, the NYS Poet and NYS Fiction awards, the Elderlaw, the Albany Writers Institute, and many others. He is a business consultant and president of the Syracuse International Film festival.  He is married and lives in LaFayette, NY.


Welcome To Nine Mile Magazine

Stephen Kuusisto is author of the memoirs Have Dog Will Travel, 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 University of 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 teaches at Syracuse University where he holds a University Professorship and is Director of Interdisciplinary Programs and Outreach at the Burton Blatt Institute. He is a frequent speaker on disability and diversity issues around the US and abroad.

Whitney Daniels, editor emeritus

Andrea Scarpino, editor

Whitney Daniels is 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 featured in The Post-Standard, Syracuse Woman Magazine, Syracuse New Times, and Salt City Magazine. Her eco-friendly handmade products (jewelry, accessories, and home decor items), 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.

Andrea Scarpino is author of the poetry collections Once Upon Wing Lake (Four Chambers Press, 2017), What the Willow Said as it Fell (Red Hen Press, 2016) and Once, Then (Red Hen Press, 2014). She received a PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University, and an MFA from The Ohio State University. She has published in numerous journals, and she served as Poet Laureate of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula 2015-2017. Her  edited anthology is Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice (Michigan State University Press; March 1, 2019).

Diane Wiener, assistant editor

Pamela (Jody) Stewart, associate editor

Before being appointed Nine Mile’s Assistant Editor, Diane R. Wiener served as guest editor for the Fall 2019 Special Double Issue on Neurodivergent, Disability, Deaf, Mad, and Crip Poetics. She is Editor-in-Chief of Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. Diane's poems appear in Nine Mile Magazine, Wordgathering, Tammy, Queerly, The South Carolina Review, and elsewhere; her poems are forthcoming in the Welcome to the Resistance anthology. Diane's creative nonfiction appears in Stone Canoe; her flash fiction appears in Ordinary Madness (Weasel Press). A Research Professor at Syracuse University, she has published widely on disability, pedagogy, social justice, and empowerment. The Golem Verses (Nine Mile, 2018) was Diane’s first full-length poetry collection.

Pamela Stewart (known as Jody) is a true “boomer,” New England born and bred.  She began writing in grade school because she couldn’t draw.   She’s taught creative writing at ASU, University of Arizona, UC Irvine, and University of Houston.  In 1982 she received a Guggenheim and traveled to Cornwall, UK where she then lived for 7 years. Jody returned to western Massachusetts and in 1994 she, and her family moved to a farm to raise fiber animals. Over the years she’s published in a number of magazines, received 3 Pushcart publications, and has written 6 full-length books including The Red Window (Univ. of Georgia Press, 1997), and Ghost Farm (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2010.) A chapbook, Just Visiting, was published by Grey Suit Editions, London, 2014. She still lives on the farm with 3 dogs, some elderly sheep, a rescued horse, his donkey,  several goats and old pigs.

Cyrus Cassells, associate editor

James Cervantes, associate editor

Cyrus Cassells's The Gospel According to Wild Indigo was a finalist for the 2018 Balcones Prize, the NAACP Image Award, and the Texas Institute of Letters Helen C. Smith Award. Still Life with Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas, translated from the Catalan, was published in 2019. A current Guggenheim fellow, he has also won the National Poetry Series, a Lambda Literary Award, a Lannan Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, and two NEA grants. His twin 7th and 8th volumes, The World That the Shooter Left Us (2022) and Is There Room For Another Horse on Your Horse Ranch? (2024) are forthcoming from Four Way Books.


James Cervantes's books include From Mr. Bondo's Unshared Life, Sleepwalker's Songs: New & Selected Poems, Temporary Meaning, The Headlong Future, The Year Is Approaching Snow, and Changing The Subject, a dialogue in poems with Halvard Johnson. He was editor of The Salt River Review for thirteen years, and is currently foreign correspondent for Hinchas de Poesia. Cervantes has been publishing poetry in print since 1969 and almost exclusively online since 1997. Once upon a time, he could truthfully claim to be a professional musician — a cellist, as a matter of fact — whose last gig was with the U.S. Air Force Orchestra (1963-1967). Cervantes's other lives included working as a landscaper, a survey draftsman, a psychiatric aide, and, more or less significantly, a professor of English. Retired since 2006, he and his wife and two cats live in San Miguel de Allende where the food and altitude are amenable.





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