Poet Kim Roberts has written here about her modest goal, to have poems published in literary journals in each of the fifty states. To refresh your memory, she wrote:
“This might take some doing, though. I know of only one journal in North Dakota, for instance, and they've rejected me six times. Unless someone else starts publishing in that state, I'm probably doomed. My other missing states are Iowa, Montana, New Mexico, and Vermont. There are a lot of journals in Vermont! Believe me, I've tried all of them.”
Well, I’m happy to report that she has found success in the fine state of Iowa! She emailed me yesterday: “A small (but sweet) journal out of South Amana, Argestes, took two poems. I have only four more states left (Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, and Vermont). Ah, sweet, sweet victory...”
Yay! Now, someone out there…please start a literary journal in North Dakota and publish Kim!
Related note only because I’m always happy to find an excuse to mention food: Careful readers may recall that when I last went to Iowa I had a fabulous meal in the Amana Colonies, where this journal is based.