Sphinx was originally a pamphlet-sized magazine published by HappenStance Press. Its focus was poetry pamphlet publishing and it ran to twelve paper issues containing features, interviews and poetry chapbook reviews.
Things move on. Sphinx is now web-based. Features and interviews are posted here online. New ones appear regularly. The main focus continues to be poetry pamphlets, though poetry publishing in general may also be highlighted or any other topic of interest and relevance.
Until December 2013, there has also been a comprehensive reviews service for poetry pamphlets. Each publication was appraised by three reviewers (who didn't talk to each other and usually diddn't know each other). All three provided a written review, which was amalgamated into one document. They also submitted a rating, based on specific criteria.
The three ratings were amalgamated and published in the form of a Sphinx logo (at the top of the three reviews) with the appropriate number of stripes. The Sphinx logo on this page, for example, has only five. Some pamphlets, however, will have three. Or eight. Or even eight and a half or (top scorers) nine. Reviews were posted every few months in a new Sphinx issue.
Issue 24 is the last of these review sets, though features and interviews, and even reviews of sets of pamphlets, will appear from time to time.
This service is co-ordinated and edited by Helena Nelson.