Perihelion: An Online Journal of Poetry and Mayhem
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[ updated 05/2014 ]

Born in 1947, Dion Farquhar (Editor) is a poet and fiction writer. Many years ago, she chose adjuncting in New York over tenure track in a rural town, though soon after, love catapulted her into Santa Cruz, where she lives with her partner and their nineteen-year-old twin boys (when home from college). She continues to scratch in the post-apocalyptic redwood dust for work while relishing the upsides of life on the Left Coast. She still misses the old country and her friends and family in Manhattan and Brooklyn, especially off-off Broadway theatre. Recent poems appear in Cricket Online Review, Shampoo, BlazeVOX, etc. Her second poetry book, Wonderful Terrible, is in press with Main Street Rag Publishing Company.

James Maughn (Editor) lives in Santa Cruz, CA, where he a poetry co-editor for the literary arts journal Perihelion. He also coordinates A New Cadence Poetry Series out of the Felix Kulpa Gallery in Santa Cruz.  His first book, Kata, was  published by BlazeVOX Books in 2009. He is a member of the Black Radish Books Publishing Collective, and his second book, Arakaki Permutations, was published by Black Radish Books in 2011.  His most recent book, These Peripheries, was published in 2012 by Otoliths Press. Work has appeared in Otoliths, Lungfull, Parthenon West Review, TinFish, Big Bell, Sentence, Moria, Poetry Salzburg Review, Dusie, MiPoesias, and Horse Less Review. 

John Delfino (Webmaster) studied English and Theatre at Boston College. His poetry and prose have been published in several literary journals, and his short plays have been performed at Boston College and various community theaters in New York. This year he will be attending CalArts, studying towards his MFA in Lighting Design with Anne Millitello.

Michael Neff (publisher) is the director and creator of Web Del Sol.Com and Algonkian Writer Conferences.


Perihelion is published three times each year. We are not currently accepting unsolicited submissions. When we are, the theme and the details will be posted right here. Please check back frequently.

At such time submissions are open, please send to

Submissions are via e-mail only. Send two to six poems at a time. We accept simultaneous submissions as long as they are indicated as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Your submission should include a brief cover letter with a brief biographical note. Poems should be individually typed either single- or double-spaced, one poem per page. Unsolicited book reviews, essays, and criticism are considered. Please do not send multiple submissions of the same genre, and do not send another submissions until you hear about the first. Additional submissions will be returned unread or disregarded.

How to Submit to Perihelion
—Include “Poetry Submission” or “Review Submission” in the subject line.
—Type or paste your cover letter in the body of the e-mail, and remember to include all contact information.
—Send your work as a single attached Word document, either as a .doc or .rtf file.

Where to Send Your Submissions

Please send to

We cannot accommodate revisions after the fact. We do not print previously published work. Translations are welcome if permission has been granted. We cannot be responsible for delay, loss, or damage.

If work is accepted for publication, we will ask for a final electronic version, a brief biographical note for the contributors page, and an optional photograph. All published work will be permanently archived online.