“My name is David M. Harris, I’ve got an MFA from Goddard College (although that’s in fiction, not poetry), I have taught writing since 1998, and before that I worked in publishing (mostly trade books, mostly as an editor) for a couple of decades. This is my first formal experiment with editing poetry, although I do organize a local poetry group through Meetup.com.
“As an author, I’ve published a novel (and sold another that never got published) and a collection of essays, a few stories, a software manual, a bunch of articles, and some poetry. I’ve also written a couple of films, but you haven’t seen them. (They were produced, but you still haven’t seen them. Trust me.)
“I’ve been to the Clockhouse Writers Conference, and Tin House, and this year (2009) I’ll be at Wildacres. If you run into me at a conference, feel free to mention that in your emailed submission, but don’t hand me your poetry there.
“And why should I have a poetry magazine? I’ve got my vision of what kind of poetry I like, and I wanted to promote it. Why not? Check the Guidelines for details.”
Thus wrote David M. Harris in 2009 when he started Rat’s Ass Review.
As of 2015 there is a new editor. My name is Roderick Bates. I have a BA from Dartmouth College. I had my first poem anthologized at the age of 18, and have been writing [fitfully] ever since. Founding editor David M. Harris was kind enough to accept two of my poems for inclusion in Rat’s Ass Review in 2009. I have been a fan of the magazine from the beginning, and when the opportunity came to take over as editor, I was delighted that David passed the mantle to me. As was the case with David, this is my first formal editorship of a poetry magazine. I hope you like our work. Of course, if you don’t, that’s fine, too; you know what we don’t give.