Rat’s Ass Review was created by David M. Harris, who served as editor through 2014.
In 2015 Mr. Harris was kind enough to pass the mantle to Roderick Bates (speaking), who is the current editor.
With five years behind me as editor of this journal, I can say that I have put in a few thousand hours behind the scenes, have made no money doing so, and regard all of that time and effort as very well spent. And yes, I know that it is poor form to publish one’s own poetry. All I can say is that I didn’t; David published the two poems of mine which appear here during his tenure as editor.
In addition to our regular twice-yearly publications, we have established an ongoing online poetry workshop which is free and open to any poets who have had work accepted at RAR. This has developed into a very supportive community of poets from all over the globe. And, in the COVID era, the workshop has sponsored ZOOM poetry readings as one more way of maintaining a sense of connection in an increasingly insular era. Well done, Meg and Vern!
Writers who have provided wisdom, guidance, editorial insight, encouragement, and much-needed hugs include Pam Bernard, Joseph Citro, Pat Fargnoli, and Martha Silano.
Original drawings are by John Pierard. Other artwork is credited on the page where it appears.
Every poetry magazine needs a Godfather. Ours is Joseph Citro.