Figure 1 is a digital poetry journal founded in 2017. We’re committed to writing that reconfigures how we see the world. We aim to publish new and underrepresented voices that push against any slack thinking in the current literary scene.

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We do not accept previously published material, including works that have already appeared online. We do, however, accept simultaneous submissions, as long as you notify us if you work gets accepted elsewhere. Contributors retain all rights but are asked to acknowledge Figure 1 as first publisher if poems appear in books or anthologies.




Wendy Chen is the author of the collection Unearthings (Tavern Books), which was the winner of the Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series. She also serves as the editor of Figure 1 and managing editor of Tupelo Quarterly. Chen is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Most Promising Young Poet Prize and earned her MFA in poetry from Syracuse University. Her poetry, translations, and prose have appeared in Crazyhorse, A Public Space, Mid-American Review and elsewhere. Her work has received favorable notice in various critical venues, including The Rumpus, The Harvard Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Pleiades, Longreads, The Millions, and others. She has taught and spoken at colleges, universities, and arts organizations including the Academy of American Poets, Poets & Writers, New York University, Yale University, and Wellesley College. Currently, Chen is a PhD student at the University of Denver and is working on a novel. She is represented by Sarah Bowlin.


Anna Mebel is the author of the chapbook Eradicate Sex Chemicals! (dancing girl press). Her writing has appeared in PinwheelJukedPotluck MagazineSAND Journal, and elsewhere. She has an MFA from Syracuse University, and lives in Portland, OR.

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Cover art: from Seven Designs for Decorated Cups (pen and ink, watercolor, 1845–55) and Seven Designs for Decorated Cups (pen and ink, watercolor, 1845–55), both by Alfred Henry Forrester (altered)

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