Jessie Carty launched Referential Magazine in January of 2010.

She serves as the Founding Editor.

Jessie is the author of five poetry collections: the full length collection Paper House (Folded Word, 2010) and four chapbooks including the upcoming Fat Girl (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010). Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in publications such as Metazen and The Dead Mule.

Jessie also teaches English at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College.

Before launching Referential, Jessie ran Shape of a Box, A YouTube based literary magazine.

This is a bit less stressful.

Andrea Beltran joined Referential as Web Editor in June of 2012. Andrea Beltran lives on the west Texas border and moonlights as a writer. My bio: Andrea Beltran lives in El Paso, Texas and moonlights as a poet. Together with Nora Luongo, she’s working on Balaustine, an anthology about infertility, miscarriage, and alternative ways of starting a family. 

We have had a variety of other editors and interns whom we wish to give great thanks to for their work over the years including: Jenny Billings Beaver, Eleanor Bryan, James Cihlar, Feeby Cote, Michele Fievre, Dartinia Hull, and Carl Eugene Moore. Our interns will also now be listed, by term, on their own pages.

  1. what do you mean by,i need a website link to appear by my name before i can submit??? please help me understand what i need to do to submit my writings

  2. We ask for you to submit a bio and a weblink. This is a courtesy but it is not a requirement. If you will look through our site you will see that we link from each author’s name to the website of their choice or, if we have published more than one piece by that contributor, they have their own contributor page that we link to. Thanks for your interest 🙂

  3. so i don’t half to have a weblink,lol.sorry am very knew to this site and writing for that matter,also if i wish to submit more then one piece,do all pieces have to be about the same poem of interest..

  4. Spend a little time with the guidelines and reading through the site and I think you’ll get a feel for how it works. It is up to you what you refer to. Most people, if they are submitting more than one piece, are referring to different things in each piece.

  5. Best wishes Jenny and much success to Referential. I am still considering how to approach writing a referred poem! I may be in touch soon. 🙂

  6. Thanks Clare! Sometimes the most fun way to refer is to take a poem you have ready to sub and then type a key word from it into the search feature under the copyright statement. you might be surprised what you find to refer to/from 🙂

  7. Thanks, Clare! I look forward to it!

  8. Jessie, your idea of taking a keyword from an already written poem and searching for it on site here is brilliant. Something I’d never have thought of doing, but it’s obvious now you’ve mentioned it. I’m so doing that for my next submission. 🙂 Love this idea so much I had to comment.

  9. Thanks Simon! Although now I fear I have used up my one good idea for the year 🙂

  10. “Thanks Clare! Sometimes the most fun way to refer is to take a poem you have ready to sub and then type a key word from it into the search feature under the copyright statement. you might be surprised what you find to refer to/from”

    hehehe — that sort of feels like cheating — but I might try it anyway!


  11. Not cheating at all just fun to make the connections 🙂

  12. Hello Ms. Jessie Carty and Ms. Jenny Billings Beaver,

    I discovered your venue through CRWROPPS announcements today, What a nice idea you have! Therefore, I spent several delightful hours studying your general guidelines, enjoying the poetry (and discovering that I know some of the poets/writers from my time in Charlotte back in 2004!) and in preparing my own submission. However, when I was ready to submit (that’s when I go to the submit page), I learn that there are additional requirements and limitations on the three poems I was ready to submit. Of course, I understand the foolishness of weird fonts and never use them, but I’m not sure about the indentations, since they are not infrequent in the poetry I have read or written. In addition, when I visited your submit page, I learned that you prefer short poetry. I want to comply with all your requirements, so could you please clarify whether or not you would accept simple line indentations* (there is none of that experimental lines-broken-all-over-the-place stuff in my work) and I would like to know what you mean by short (my selections range from 24 to 40 lines of text).

    Thank you so much,
    John C. Mannone

    *I am aware that this submission period is for featured work and no referral is required, but one of the poems I have prepared was strongly stimulated by a poem in your archives, and it has simple, but numerous indented lines.

  13. We wanted to keep our guidelines as general as possible so the best I can tell you is that we have published some pieces with unusual formatting when the work was exceptionally good, but it is very difficult to put that together versus a story or poem that is left justified. Please review the work we have published to see what we mean by length etc. In general the reference to shorter work is for prose. Happy submitting 🙂

  14. Congratulations Andrea! 🙂

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    Thank you, Val!

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