How and when did tongue start?
tongue is a literary & visual arts magazine based in Houston that was first published in October of 1998. It began in response to the lack of places for poets outside of academic circles to be published and to help create a multicultural poetry community locally in Houston.
So the magazine is just for poets in Houston?
No. It started off that way, but never limited itself to location. The internet has been a wonderful tool to bring together a wonderful group of writers and artists where a particular gender, age, culture or education is not a prerequisite for publication.
What do you look at when considering pieces for publication?
The passion of the individual work to share, teach and make readers feel a particular emotion or view a situation from a new perspective is what is most important. There are no restrictions as to subject type (sci-fi, erotica, political, etc.) or genre (poetry, prose, plays, fiction, etc.) and no boundaries as long as there is no intent to cause damage based purely on hate or negativity.
How many pieces should I submit?
Please limit your submissions to 3 pieces per mailing.
What about copyrights?
If your poem, article, etc. is chosen for publication, you retain all rights to your work. The piece will only be published once for the world to see, so you are free to publish your work where ever else you choose. The point of this magazine is to give new writers/poets a spring board to publication and to allow established writers/poets a haven to publish those pieces that may not have a home otherwise.
How else are you involved in the poetry community?
tongue also promotes several spoken word events as well as supporting issues and events that promote diversity and positive human relations!
So what's the deal with the name?
The name tongue was chosen as an homage to the oral traditions of poetry and yes, because it catches your attention!