About Rust + Moth

A Journal of Poetry

Rust and Moth is a literary journal committed to imaginative and engaging poetry. Since 2008, we have dedicated ourselves to discovering new writers and presenting their work alongside evocative graphic design. We believe in the vitality of electronic publication and strive to make our social media loud and relevant. We also believe in the tactile appeal of quality print editions.

Our editors value work that errs on the side of immediacy, strong images, and heartfelt innovation. We pride ourselves on our quick turnaround time from submission to publication and we encourage you to submit!

Rust and Moth stands firmly on the side of the marginalized and of the voices that have not been traditionally heard. We believe in diversity, and we are committed to the truth that can be conveyed by the written word.

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The Rust + Moth Staff



Suncerae Smith


Suncerae Smith is like unto a small woodland creature in their love of nuts and berries, and in their fear of loud noises and wide open spaces. They live in books.

Josiah Spence


Josiah Spence lacks focus in his life and as a result is a professor, writer, photographer, musician, armchair philosopher, graphic designer, and web developer, among other lesser diversions. He hangs his hat in Texas and hangs his head when he lacks the time to pursue all of the above simultaneously.

Chelsea Hansen


Chelsea Hansen is still trying the world on for size. She neglects her notebooks; writes lists; and spends too much of her time, like her plants, stretching toward the windows for sunlight.

Michael Young


Michael Young lives in Colorado. His poems have been published in Daphne Magazine, District Lit, Burningword, and Aries.