Since he was a kid he said he has written poetry, and he looks at it as just something natural that he does. He said he has always enjoyed sharing his poetry and he has been published in magazines and journals. He also has a self-published book.
Publishing others' work was a new venture for him though, and he is mostly running a one-man operation.
Griffin solicited poetry for the first edition by putting up fliers in Troy, Schenectady and Albany, which resulted in him getting 15 to 20 different submissions from people. Each person submitted three poems for publication. He said he also isn't looking for any poetry that is "dark, racy or derogatory" and would like to keep a family-friendly standard.
"I believe that what they wrote was very true to heart," Griffin said about the submissions he received.
He said there hasn't been any negative response to the first publication and people have enjoyed the local focus.
"The people that have written love the look of the magazine," said Griffin. "Everyone has told me that they don't think it has been done before, and it is great for the Capital Region and the community."
The artwork in the first magazine features photographs he took with his son at Thacher State Park, which provide a local backdrop for the poets. He said he plans to place photos from local scenery in future editions too.
The magazine can be purchased on Amazon.com and for information about local stores to purchase the magazine or for information on submissions visit the magazine's
. Griffin said he also welcomes any feedback on the magazine.
"I think everybody has a poet in them," said Griffin. "If it doesn't make you pull out the old stuff, it might make you bring out something new.""