Smartish Pace

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Smartish Pace
EditorStephen Reichert
CategoriesLiterary journal
Total circulation1,100
First issue1999
CompanySmartish Pace
CountryUnited States

Smartish Pace is a non-profit, independent literary journal based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Smartish Pace was founded in 1999 by Stephen Reichert[1][2][3] who was a University of Maryland School of Law student at the time. The name, Smartish Pace, originates from a tort case in which a horse carriage, which was travelling at a smartish pace, ran over and killed a donkey.[4] Smartish Pace has published poems by the following Pulitzer Prize winners: Natasha Trethewey, Claudia Emerson, Ted Kooser, Paul Muldoon, Yusef Komunyakaa, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Henry Taylor, Mary Oliver, Maxine Kumin, and Anthony Hecht.[5] When referencing places Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson had published, Newsweek called the journal "obscure".[6]

Smartish Pace’s website is the home of Poets Q & A, the first interactive poetry forum on the internet, where readers ask questions of well-known poets.[7] Past poets who have participated in Poets Q & A include Sherman Alexie, Eavan Boland, Robert Creeley, Carl Dennis, Stephen Dunn, Jorie Graham, Robert Hass, Bob Hicok, Campbell McGrath, Robert Pinsky, Elizabeth Spires, and David Wojahn.

Smartish Pace was named "Best Poetry Journal" in 2007 by the Baltimore City Paper.[8]


  • Editor: Stephen Reichert
  • Senior Editor: Daniel Todd
  • Associate Editors: Clare Banks, Dan Cryer, Traci O'Dea, Jake Ricafrente, Freeman Rogers
  • Assistant Editors: Jared Fischer, Jocelyn Heath, Kristin Lindholm, Clifford Williams

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Permutt, Sam (April 2004). "Pace setter". Baltimore Magazine.
  2. ^ "Lines Online: Poetry Journals on the Web". The Chronicle of Higher Education. November 7, 2003. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  3. ^ "Poetry's Dead at Last But . ." Trinity Magazine. Winter 2000. Retrieved December 10, 2010. (authored by member of journal's staff, published in an alumni magazine)
  4. ^ Miceli, Thomas (Fall 2009). "Davies v. Mann from Chapter 2". The Economic Approach to Law, 2nd ed. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  5. ^ "Poets Index" Smartish Pace Web site, Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  6. ^ Gates, David (June 12, 2006). "Heroine by a Hairbreadth". Newsweek.
  7. ^ Larimer, Kevin (May–June 2003). "Literary MagNet". Poets & Writers. Retrieved December 10, 2010.
  8. ^ "Baltimore Living: Best Poetry Journal". Baltimore City Paper. September 19, 2007. Retrieved December 10, 2010.

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