Cigar City Poetry Journal is an annual, bilingual print poetry journal. We accept submissions of English and Spanish language poetry, and translations to and from Spanish and English, from writers residing anywhere in the Americas. Our inaugural issue will be published in January 2019.
A historic district of Tampa, Florida, Ybor City was founded in the 1880s by Vicente Martinez-Ybor and other cigar manufacturers. Notable for its multi-ethnic, multi-racial culture, and its many mutual aid societies, it was a community built and populated almost entirely by immigrants, primarily from Cuba, Spain, and Italy. In the years before the Great Depression, it was known as the “Cigar City” for the hundreds of millions of cigars rolled annually in its factories.
Cigar City Poetry Journal is a vessel for the immigration of culture across the Americas. In its pages, you will find a shared language that transcends the limits of tribe and border. American poet William Carlos Williams once said: “It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” We hope you find that vital essence in our gathering of voices from the Americas.