Jeanne Leiby, the editor of the literary journal The Southern Review died on Tuesday in a single-car crash in Louisiana, reports the LA Times. The Southern Review is one of America’s most respected and longstanding literary magazines, and Leiby, who served as editor for the past three years, has been praised not only for navigating budget challenges at the Review’s home-university of LSA and bringing the magazine into the digital age, but also adding a welcome level of warmth and humanness to hear dealings with writers.
In a blog post on the TSR blog, for instance, she discusses her practice of calling writers whose work she is accepting:
I spend a lot of my life rejecting things—that’s the reality of my job. When I find something that excites me so much I want to put it in print, I’m happy, I’m thrilled. In the moment of the call, the writer likes me and I like her and we celebrate the work. I call because we—all of us at TSR—strive to build long-term relationships with our writers. We want to engage as much as possible in their writing lives because it’s our job.
Leiby was a beloved presence in the literary world and will be much missed. More information is available on the LSU Web site.
The Fort Collins, CO-based Center for Literary Publishing is debuting a new poetry book series this Spring called the Mountain West Poetry Series. All poets published in the series are residents of either Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. The series will be edited by CLP director and Colorado Review Editor Stephanie G’Shwind and poet Donald Revell, who is one of the poetry editors of Colorado Review. The series is funded by a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The first four books in the series are:
We Are Starved by Joshua Kryah (June 2011)
The City She Was by Carmen Gimenez Smith (November 2011)
Upper Level Disturbances by Kevin Goodan (June 2012)
The Two Standards by Heather Winterer (November 2012)
CLP is a nonprofit which also publishes the winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry book contest (Full disclosure: CLP published this blogger’s first book) as well as the literary journal Colorado Review. The new series will be published in addition to these other publications.
It’s still National Poetry Month, and a new book series is big news for poetry…
Congrats to the winners of this year’s Pulitzers in letters. Before these folks were big winners, PW interviewed, profiled, or at least reviewed them all. Here are links to our past coverage and reviews:
In the wake of Borders bankruptcy, employees of some Borders stores slated for closure have been expressing their anger and bitterness in some pretty funny point-of-purchase signs in their stores. The blog BuzzFeed has been rounding up some of the best, including the ones above and below, and they are well worth checking out. There’s more where these came from.