Read a candid interview with Cleaver founding editor Karen Rile in The Review Review!

You have released thirteen issues so far. How has Cleaver evolved since issue 1? On a surface level, we have slowly refined the magazine’s visual presentation while preserving its architecture and feel. There are so many different ways to set up a literary magazine! When we were designing Cleaver we went for an aesthetic that is similar to a print magazine, in terms of having the issue’s contents as the landing page, and organizing our literary content into discrete issues. Since then we’ve added features, and worked to make our constantly increasing archives organized and accessible for readers. We’ve evolved a lot as a community – we have a large, all-volunteer staff, including interns, and we have many frequently contributing book reviewers. Sometimes the writers we publish in our literary issues come back asking to write book reviews, or to help out with editing, and we’re thrilled to have them. Our book review editors are an invaluable part of the staff. They are responsible for selecting the books for review, distributing them to the review writers, and working with the writers to create essay-style reviews of new works from small and indie presses. We are one of the few presses that reviews poetry chapbooks….The Review Review.