Presses that are making conscientious efforts to partner with writers—acting less as gatekeepers, actively working to empower authors, and becoming more transparent about the publishing process—especially excite me. I’m also inspired by the support and mentorship I see in the literary community. Resources are more scarce and scattered these days, and it’s reassuring when, in spite of hardships, we’re still lifting each other up and singing each other’s praises.
Though Burrow’s books and media reach beyond our city, the literary community in Orlando is really what sustains us. I’ve written a whole overview of Orlando’s lit community, but, in short, there are a lot of talented writers from all kinds of backgrounds. Tons of these writers come out to literary events, and many run their own literary events, host podcasts, volunteer at a bookstore or with kids, run a press, and thus contribute to the local lit community. I think one projects inspires the next, and it all works because writers here support each other. Other artists are also aware of their literary arts counterparts, and the local media recognizes literature more and more alongside the “mainstream” arts like dance and theater (and pop culture events). Burrow was created in order to find this community, and so if Orlando hadn’t turned out to be such a great place to be a writer/editor/publisher, Burrow probably wouldn’t exist.
From the start our focus has been poetry, primarily work that might be described as modernist, but far-flung and eclectic. Our sixty-odd books include British and Australian poets; translations from ancient Chinese, Greek, and Persian; innovative new work alongside lost modernist classics; the living and the dead. In this way we hope to find new paths to the present. Our mission is to present such work in finely made yet affordable editions.