Well-known Chicago Poet and Editor Closes Magazine

Ron Offen

Ron Offen

FREE LUNCH: A POETRY MISCELLANY will mail its last issue this month as its long-time editor, 79-year old poet and print publishing advocate, Ron Offen, has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke.

Free Lunch cover

Free Lunch cover

Chicagopoetry.com writes that Mr Offen started publishing Free Lunch in 1989 and he soon became famous for giving free subscriptions to it to over 1200 American poets.  He is also known for tirelessly commenting on all work submitted to him, even poetry that he rejected.  “As a poet myself, I know how dispiriting it is to get a printed rejection slip with no indication as to why my work was being rejected.”

The staff has asked writers to not send any further submissions to the magazine.  Those submissions that have been received with return postage will be returned as soon as possible.

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