Sugar House Review is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit poetry publisher based out of Utah. Our mission is to promote an eclectic range of poets through publishing and live events to build nationally connected literary communities and foster the literary arts in Utah. We are excited to be some of the first people to see your work and to help the best of that work become available to a larger audience.
Sugar House Review was founded in 2009 by John Kippen, Nano Taggart, Jerry VanIeperen, and Natalie Young. At the time, it was the only independent, print poetry journal in Utah. Our name is based on both our location and desire to publish sticky, heart-racing, sweet, sweet addictive poetry. Sugar House is a neighborhood within Salt Lake City, named after the sugar beet factory of the Deseret Manufacturing Company (1851–1855).
“The editors of Sugar House Review take to heart the proverb that if a job is worth doing, it's worth doing well . . . A very fine poetry magazine that would make an excellent addition to any collection of contemporary American poetry.”
Submitting work to Sugar House Review is an act of generosity: Sugar House Review is honored that poets submit their work to be considered for publication. Unlike many literary magazines, submissions are read by at least two readers—usually more. We are invested in our contributors and we take their work seriously.
Poetry and the literary arts are sacred vehicles through which ideas become conversations. We believe that the transaction between writer and audience, reader and listener, can teach life-affirming habits of patience, empathy, self-awareness, and critical thinking.
Sugar House Review is committed to collaborating to achieve its mission statement and to help like-minded organizations and partners to achieve theirs. In the past, we have worked with churches, bookstores, art galleries, advocacy groups, grant makers, coffee shops, schools, universities, individual artists, and other literary projects.
We believe that a remarkable variety of exciting things are happening in contemporary poetry. We work to assure this excitement continues by publishing and promoting as wide a range of poets, voices, and styles as possible.
We celebrate the diversity of gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, race, religion, creed, region, and any other category that informs creativity and identity. We do not celebrate opinions and perspectives that can’t share this celebration. Poetry is an assertion of voice that is strongest when enacted and celebrated by a “teeming nation of nations” (as Walt Whitman described).
We are committed to treating our poets with kindness, professionalism, and just a bit of whimsy to keep things fresh. Our lives center around poetry because we choose that they should. Our intent is that anyone who publishes with us, reads for us, or works with us feels valued throughout the process and is pleased with the results of our relationship.
Natalie Padilla Young
Managing Editor & Designer
Natalie spends her time in Cedar City and Salt Lake City, UT working as an art director, writing, doting on her dogs, and sharing cheese and crackers with Nano. Her first book All of This Was Once Under Water is forthcoming from Quarter Press (early 2023). Chocolate-chip cookies are her kryptonite. NatalieYoungArts.com
Contributing Book Review Editor
Michael McLane is the author of the chapbook Trace Elements. His work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including: Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Laurel Review, Western Humanities Review, Dark Mountain, High Country News, and Utah Historical Quarterly. He currently lives in Wellington, New Zealand where he is pursuing a PhD at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University.
Contributing Astrological Editor
Shari Zollinger lives in Moab, UT and can stake her claim on a veritable menagerie of titles, poet and astrologer being among them. These two passions speak to her love of language, which has always been the central impulse of her life. In her 20’s there was nothing more important than learning Chinese and she retains fluency even to this day. She has published her poems in Sugar House Review and Redactions: Poetry and Poetics, and has a private astrology practice. ShariZollinger.com
Ben Gunsberg is an Associate Professor of English at Utah State University, where he directs the Graduate Specialization in Creative Writing program. He is the author of the poetry collection Welcome, Dangerous Life (Turning Point, 2018) and the chapbook Rhapsodies with Portraits (Finishing Line, 2015). His poems appear in numerous literary magazines, including Poetry Daily, DIAGRAM, and The South Carolina Review. His poetry manuscript, Cut Time, won the University of Michigan’s Hopwood Award for Poetry Writing. Ben lives in Logan, UT, at the foot of the Bear River Mountains.
Katherine Indermaur is the author of the chapbook Pulse (Ghost City Press, 2018). Tommy Pico selected her poem “Girl Descends Asunder” as the winner of the Black Warrior Review 2019 Contest. She holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA from Colorado State University, where she won the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize and served as managing editor of Colorado Review. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.
Samantha Samakande is a Zimbabwean poet currently based out of Bloomfield, NJ where she resides with her husband. She is a graduate of Allegheny College and is an editor for F(r)iction. Her work has appeared in The American Journal of Poetry, Sugar House Review, The Indianapolis Review, Hobart, and Gordon Square Review, among other journals. In 2020, she was the second-place winner of Frontier Poetry’s Award for New Poets.
Clarissa was so inspired by her high school English teacher (who is also a poet), she followed that same path. She lives in Richmond, VA, where she writes poetry and also teaches yoga. Her first book is Building Alexandria (2021 Lily Poetry Review Books). In 2018, she received her MFA in poetry from Lesley University.
Star Coulbrooke is the Inaugural Poet Laureate of Logan City, UT. Her poetry mentor was the late Ken Brewer, former Utah Poet Laureate, who got her a job teaching advanced poetry writing. In that class, the best poetry writing class of all time, were future Sugar founders Natalie, Nano, and Jerry. Star lives in Smithfield with her artist/carpenter/musician partner and two kittens. Her most recent poetry collections are Thin Spines of Memory, Both Sides from the Middle, and City of Poetry.
Neil has lived and worked in London, Frankfurt, Singapore, and Dubai in finance, now coaching as well as teaching mindful meditation. His work has been published in the mighty Sugar House Review as well as Palette Poetry, Bombay Gin, The Chiron Review, and others. If and when he publishes a collection he plans to title it Icing on the Coffin.
Cassidy is an ice cream enthusiast with a reading habit. She holds a BA in creative writing from SUU, where the good people of the Kolob Canyon Review let her lead the 2021 issue's production. Currently, a scruffy but elegant black dog runs her life, and she is better for it. You can find her work in the Kolob Canyon Review and the Southern Quill.
Our Board of Directors
Sugar House Review is proud to partner with and serve as fiscal agent to Helicon West, to extend the reach of our own mission. In order to give the literary arts more exposure and accessibility and to promote diversity and democracy in Cache Valley, Utah, Helicon West provides a regularly-scheduled place and time for members of the writing community to give their work a public voice, with no restrictions on levels of skill and no censorship of ideas or craft. Helicon West features published authors of local, regional, and national acclaim and invite unpublished and aspiring writers from every walk of life to read their work to an appreciative audience.
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Sugar House Review
P.O. Box 13
Cedar City, UT 84721