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.

If you have an issue with anything we’ve published, whether it be a concern about possible plagiarism or a problem with the content of a poem, we want to hear about it. We request that such conversations begin privately, in direct messages or emails, to protect the anonymity of all involved. We typically will not censor authors due to mere association with controversial platforms, not unless those platforms can be shown to be explicitly in support of violence or organized hate groups. Please note that we can only evaluate such matters on the basis of publicly available works or statements.

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The Rust + Moth Staff



Michael Young

Editor, Public Relations

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

Dr. Suncerae Smith

Editor, Project Management, Logistics

Suncerae Smith is a PhD chemist who is like unto a small woodland creature in her love of nuts and berries, and in her fear of loud noises and wide open spaces.

Josiah Spence

Editor, Website, Design

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.