Night Sweats of the Spirit: A lived experience anthology

Maitri Poetry is a new collaborative poetry space for publications, readings, and workshops. MP’s first endeavor is Night Sweats of the Spirit: A lived experience anthology, its title inspired by the work of Robert Lowell, who lived with mental illness and helped destigmatize it through his writing.

The book will be released on World Mental Health Day, October 10, 2022.

“one universe, one body . . . in this urn
the animal night sweats of the spirit burn.”

          — Robert Lowell, “Night Sweats”

Submission Guidelines

Night Sweats of the Spirit, edited by Marie Marchand and Joseph Fasano, seeks poems that engage the lived experience of mental health conditions. Submit using the Submittable button below.

From poets well-versed in mental health challenges, including family members and friends of those with mental health conditions, we accept up to three previously unpublished poems. Poems should be no more than 60 lines. Submit through Submittable as a Word document or pdf in 12-point Times New Roman or something similar.

We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us as soon as possible if your work is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing your submission in Submittable. To withdraw a single poem, please send us a message through Submittable.

To ensure fairness, our editors conduct blind reviews. Therefore, please do not include identifying information in your submission or file name. (Submittable has a cover letter field where you can include a greeting and bio.) If your submission contains identifying information, we will decline it. We do not accept poems with racist or homophobic content. Keep your bio to 60 words and feel free to mention your connection to mental health/mental illness.  

There is no submission fee. If your poem is chosen to appear in the anthology, payment will be one book. The anthology will be perfect bound, approximately 70-100 pages. All proceeds from book sales (after Submittable fees and printing costs) will be donated to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Submissions open June 1-July 15, 2022
Poets notified in early August
Virtual book launch on World Mental Health Day, 10/10/22