Sonic Boom is a bi-annual literary & arts journal that seeks both solicited and unsolicited poetry, prose, and visual art submissions. We hope to integrate multifarious genres of literature and artwork including Japanese short-forms of poetry, avant-garde, conceptual, and postmodern works of culture and art.
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Shloka Shankar is a poet, editor, publisher, and self-taught visual artist from Bangalore, India. She enjoys experimenting with Japanese short-forms and myriad found poetry techniques alike. A Best of the Net nominee and award-winning haiku poet, her poems and artwork have appeared in over 200 online and print venues of repute. In addition, she has edited and co-edited six international poetry anthologies since 2016, including naad anunaad: an anthology of contemporary world haiku (Vishwakarma Publications, 2016), The 2020 Poetry Marathon Anthology (Authors Publish, 2020), and where the roots are: Best of Paper Lanterns, Vol. 2 (Yavanika Press, 2021), which received an Honourable Mention in the Touchstone Distinguished Books Awards for 2021. Shloka is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Yavanika Press. When she isn't poring over manuscripts, you can find her making abstract art, digital collages, or conducting poetry workshops. She is the author of the microchap Points of Arrival (Origami Poems Project, 2021) and her debut full-length haiku collection, The Field of Why (Yavanika Press, 2022).
Facebook: Shloka Shankar: a rasika's musings
Robin Smith (they/them/Mx.) listens for voices in the wind, the grass, the birds . . . and relays it via the pen, the ink, the paint. They are Co-founder & Co-editor of whiptail: journal of the single-line poem, and Associate Editor at Yavanika Press.
Kat Lehmann is an award-winning haiku poet based in New England, USA. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize (2021) and Best of the Net (2019), Kat’s haiku have been honored in The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Awards (2020; individual poem), the Haiku Society of America Harold G. Henderson Haiku Award (2020), and Japan’s Basho-an Award (2020).
Kat is Co-Founder and Co-Editor of whiptail: journal of the single-line poem. She serves as a panelist in The Haiku Foundation Touchstone Distinguished Books Award (2021-present) and was a judge in the inaugural Trailblazer Contest (2021). Her third book is Stumbling Toward Happiness: Haibun and Hybrid Poems (29 Trees, 2019).
Read more of Kat's work, including her experimental "sudo-ku" multi-haiku form, on her website.
Twitter / Instagram: @SongsOfKat
Geoff Pope has a Master of Arts degree in Literary Studies from The University of Iowa, where he was Associate Editor for the International Writing Program and studied in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop with Heather McHugh. He now works in the Seattle area, teaching English at Green River College and tutoring secondary school students online. Aside from editing dozens of book manuscripts, education articles, and training manuals, Geoff's poems have appeared in magazines, journals, and anthologies for over three decades.