The Boiler invites you to turn up the heat. Make it whistle. 100°C +, sputter and steam. We’ll gauge the pressure.” This is the catch phrase for The Boiler Magazine. It has been around for almost five years, and is based at Sarah Lawrence College. It publishes poetry, fiction and nonfiction on a quarterly basis. The Boiler prides itself in being an advocate of the writers we publish because we believe in their work. Some writers they have published include Thomas Lux, Bruce Bond, Emma Bolden, Marina Rubin, Paul Lisicky, Raena Shirali, and more. Interview with Sebastian H. Paramo, Editor of The Boiler Magazine
How did The Boiler get started and/or where did the idea come from?
I started with some friends that I met at graduate school. We joked about what the name of our journal would, (I think one name we came up with was, Rice Bowl) and how great it would be to start one. Long before that though, I held a desire to publish a journal of writing where I could publish my friends. Partly, I was inspired by the idea of community and hearing many other experienced writers, emphasizing that the best way to get better as a writer was to contribute to the community in some way. Starting a journal was a way to do that and so far, I’ve found it to be very true. We’ve since grown out of publishing our friends and our issues now publish mostly unsolicited authors. It’s definitely a good way to better understand the other side fence of publishing.
Do you enjoy working for The Boiler? Why or why not?