This is Brice Maiurro. I started Punch Drunk Press really in January of last year, when I hosted our first open mic out of Mutiny Info Cafe. Since then, it’s been a crazy journey of performing at events all over Colorado and even out to Kansas City, publishing books and poems, and seeing what it’s like to build up something. Punch Drunk Press is something that exists in every room of my heart and it’s been a real passion of mine to see what it’s become. There’s a certain humility when you see something has grown to be bigger than you, and that’s how I feel. Punch Drunk Press is more than just my pet project. It’s a community of poets pulling together to strengthen our voices and our impact in the world.
That being said, I’m someone who has always struggled with giving too much. To using my time for other people, and I feel like I’m in a place where I want to step back and ask myself what is now in my heart, and what spaces I need to step into to grow as a person. I’ve thought about this a lot over the last several months and thus have decided to hand off Punch Drunk Press to people I trust to carry on the torch and continue to make Punch Drunk Press a space of inclusion and intersectionality, and a fist made of flowers.
As of today, Sarah Rodriguez will be taking over as Editor-In-Chief of Punch Drunk Press. Sarah is one of the best poets I know and she has never made a dime personally off of her year plus time with Punch Drunk Press. There was a point where I almost left Punch Drunk to start to work with another organization and it was Sarah who reminded me of what we are doing, and why we needed to stay the course.
I guess, in short, I’m off to new things, at least for the next six months, and y’all are in the best of hands. I love poetry, and I love the things that can come out of commitment to your passion. I have seen how if you truly want to do something, you can and will make it happen. I believe in magic, and I believe what magic is is intention plus hard work plus a little bit of luck.
Also, shout out to Matt Clifford who believed in me when no one else believed in me. Matt Clifford has run a back alley poetry reading at midnight every full moon for the last seven years, and one night I decided to go and that night has been possibly the biggest catalyst in my life. Cliff and I co-founded Punketry together and damn, it’s been fun.