My name is Maxwell Baumbach, and I am the editor of Heavy Hands Ink. This section is about the fruition of Heavy Hands Ink, how it came to be, and what qualifies me as an editor.
I got into writing when I was a freshmen in high school. Why? Because I am very emotional for a man. I am sensitive. Since that time, I have become much more jaded, but I am still emotional. I needed some sort of outlet. There were two things I wrote about back then: Girls, and people I hated. Most poems featured cliches, rhyming, and the most basic arrangement.
This continued on throughout high school, and I was not open about it, nor did I share my work with anyone, until before my senior year. It was then that I realized I had the ability to connect with people through my words. Our high school had a Fine Arts Poetry contest every year, so I submitted a few pieces. I ended up winning the contest. At that point, I realized I wanted to make more out of my writing.
I became an increasingly deeper person, and I began to vary up the formatting of my pieces. I realized that this could be something special. In March 2010, my freshmen year of college, I began to submit to different publications. It was then that I realized I was not as good as I thought. Bitterness consumed me. For one day. My girlfriend did a lot to encourage me, and I was able to keep on trucking. I read as much modern poetry as I could (which was a lot) and wrote increasingly more. Then, in the next batch of submissions, I saw a very drastic increase in acceptances. What could be further done, though?
I could force myself to read more poetry. I could give exposure to others. I could bring my favorite types of writing to the forefront. I could start a poetry website.
Heavy Hands Ink launched in May 2010. While I may not be a college graduate yet or have a MFA, I can assure you that I probably read more poetry on a consistent basis from all genres and publications than most editors. Poetry is the most beautiful intangible, and I surround myself with it. This is what I love. I read the submissions and get back to the writers as soon as I can. Whenever I get an e-mail from a writer, I am giddy to see what they have sent in. Poetry is my biggest hobby. I feel that with the amount of poetry I read, the drive that I have displayed to get to his point, and the fact I live in a free country, I am more than qualified enough to have this site.
With that said, I hope to see your work, and I hope it knocks me out.
-Heavy Hands Ink editor,