Well, it looks like I've offended someone by telling the story of the Poetic Acceptance chapbook fiasco. I hate that anyone's offended, but it doesn't change the fact that I think people in my little poetry community deserve to be warned. I haven't lied or exaggerated one word, and the emails I've posted are word for word, with the exception of having removed her email address. I don't regret what I've done, only that someone is upset that I've told the story.
You know, in poetry, especially since the advent of the internet, there have been loads of poetry scams and cons. We've all heard of Poetry.com, and most of us have warned other newer less experienced poets about poetry.com and its various other names. As a community, we do that for each other, we pass on the nuggets - the legit contests and calls for submissions, we recommend the sites, zines and mags that are above board. We also look out for each other. It's how we're built, poets are overall a compassionate caring group of people, we're artists, and most of us try to foster a safe and productive environment both for our art, and for others who practice it.
I don't see anything different here than if I were making a post about some well known scam site like poetry.com, which, for the record, I have done, many times, and on various sites. The only difference is that chapbook enterprises isn't a well known publisher, they're young, and don't have a wide-spread reputation per se, and is therefore more able to 'get' someone until stories like mine become known. And I can promise you that my story isn't the only one to be told, I've been contacted more than once about similar (and worse) treatment, but those conversations have been had in confidence. I would never betray those people by mentioning their names.
The difference between me, and them is that I'm not afraid to tell my story, publicly, and deal with whatever the consequences of that may be.
Those that have contacted me have said that they're afraid that she'll sabotage their future attempts at publication by speaking to other publishers - that they'll gain reputations as "trouble makers" and be blackballed. Well, becoming a published poet never meant anything to me until very recently - I have always written for the love of it, for the release and beauty of it, not for money or notoriety. Not many people become rich or famous from poetry, the odds that I ever would have always been tiny so if I'm never published again, I've lost nothing but a silly fleeting dream. And maybe my poetry was purer before I was worried about editors' opinions anyway...
If offending one person and losing $48 is what it costs me to do my part in warning other poets away from an organization that has done business in a less than ethical fashion, so be it. I don't, nor will I, apologize for that.