VOLT publishes a range of adventurous writing. The magazine’s size (9″ by 12″) offers a larger space than usual for an individual poem or piece of prose. Often, work utilizing white space and typography can be found in VOLT. Founded and edited by poet Gillian Conoley, VOLT appears every spring. Each issue includes cover art, frequently by such artists as Eve Ascheim, Joan Mitchell, Hawley Hussey, Jo Whaley, and Stephen Curry. Contributors have included Will Alexander, Andrea Abi-Karam, Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen, Norma Cole, Barbara Guest, Aditi Machado, Yusef Komunyakaa, Leslie Scalapino, Lisa Fishman, Brian Teare, among many others. Fiction Editor is novelist Stefan Kiesbye. VOLT has received many awards and honors, including several Pushcart Prize Anthology selections, a Fund for Poetry grant, and several selections for the annual anthology, The Best American Poetry (Scribners). VOLT was named one of the top literary magazines in the country by Every Writers Resource and has received praise from the City Lights Booksellers and Publishers Blog. VOLT’s continuing design innovations and layout are created by Production Editor Steve Galbreath.
Poetry. Fiction. Art.
Gillian Conoley's most recent book, A Little More Red Sun on the Human: New and Selected Poems (Nightboat Books, 2019), won the 39th annual Northern California Book Award in 2020. She received the Shelley Memorial Award for lifetime achievement from the Poetry Society of America (2017), and was also awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. She is the author of seven previous collections of poetry, including PEACE (Omnidawn, 2014), an Academy of American Poets Standout Book and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Conoley's translations of three books by Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken, is with City Lights. Conoley has taught as a Visiting Poet at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, the University of Denver, Vermont College, and Tulane University. Conoley is currently Poet- in-Residence and Professor of English at Sonoma State University where she edits VOLT.