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Poetry in print

Niskayuna man features local writers in new magazine

There is now an easy way to see what some local poets are writing, even if you haven't made it to the coffeehouse recently.

The first edition of Orin Griffin's new periodical, The Capital Region Poets Magazine, was released Oct. 10. It aims to provide local poets with greater visibility and to introduce people to what their neighbors are writing. The magazine is scheduled to come out quarterly and will be available for purchase at local stores and online.

I thought it would be interesting if I just focused on the Capital Region, said Griffin of Niskayuna. "I thought it would be interesting to do a magazine so those people not going to coffeehouses and open mics can submit their poetry with the public and share it in a different way."

While it might be difficult to get poetry selected for a larger publication, said Griffin, the refined focus of the publication allows local poets a better chance to see their words in print. He said he also wants to support open mic nights featuring local poets.

"People will come out of their shells; poetry is something that really genuinely opens people up," said Griffin. "To send it in and have it written and have it published is a little more private and it is a little more showy."

Griffin said there is a lot going on in the Capital District and he got the idea to start the magazine back in July. After seeing what other poetry publications had done, he decided he wanted make a publication around what he liked to see in a poetry magazine.

"I've written all of my life, and I always wanted to do something along this line," said Griffin. "I was happy the first magazine came out the way I felt a magazine on poetry would come out."

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