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!

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The Rust + Moth Staff


Matthew Payne

Managing Editor

Matthew Payne has a home in Austin, TX. He plays music under the name The River Has Many Voices.

Michael Young

Editor, Public Relations

Michael Young lives in Fort Collins, CO. 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. She writes book reviews at Read Well::Reviews.

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.

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If your submission is accepted, as well as posting your bio, we also post links to your web presence to help fans of your work connect with you.

By submitting to Rust and Moth, you affirm you are the sole author and maintain all rights for your work.