Best-selling novelist Anita Shreve lost her battle to cancer on March 29, 2018 at the age of 71, according to her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf. She was the author of The Pilot’s Wife, The Weight of Water, and more. Her readers will miss her engrossing novels.
Another recent loss to the literary community was that of Philip F. Deaver, a professor of English and permanent writer-in-residence at Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida, and teacher on the fiction faculty in the Spalding University brief residency MFA program in Louisville, Kentucky. The author was a Flannery O’Connor Award winner. His poetry collection, How Men Pray, was published by Anhinga Press, and his short fiction appeared in numerous prestigious publications. The multitude of Facebook tributes lauding the mentor says as much as his publishing record to how he contributed to the literary community. Deaver passed away at the age of 71.
Drema had the pleasure of hearing Deaver lecture in Buenos Aires in 2010 and was deeply affected by his observation that strangers know more about writers sometimes than the writer feels comfortable with them knowing because of the honest writer's bravery on the page. His vulnerability and openness in his writing challenged Drema to do the same.
Arrivals and Departures:
The Paris Review welcomes new editor Emily Nemens after the allegation-clouded departure of former editor Lorin Stein. Nemens has been The Southern Review’s coeditor for five years. The multi-talented Nemens is also a well-known illustrator on Tumblr. Her relative youth and self-proclaimed “meritocratic editorial agenda” (she rescued two award-winning stories from the slush pile, according to The Paris Review) promise to bring new energy into a literary staple’s offices. The literary world can’t wait to see what happens!
Upon the recent retirement of beloved author and co-founder and program director of Spalding MFA in Creative Writing’s Sena Jeter Naslund, Spalding welcomes Kathleen Driskell as she moves from the position of associate program director to program director. Brava, Ms. Driskell!
New to Spalding’s MFA program but not to Spalding University is Lynnell Edwards who comes to the university as associate program director and poetry faculty. Edwards is the author of three full-length poetry collections and a chapbook. She was formerly the associate professor of English at Spalding, where she taught both creative writing and literature courses. Welcome, Ms. Edwards!
Closing Shop: Glimmer Train announced in Bulletin #136 that after having been in the business of changing literary lives since 1990, they will cease publication in October of 2019. There’s still time to submit, if you’ve long dreamed of being published in the prestigious, well-paying journal. This will leave a major hole in the literary landscape. Journal editors, prepare to take up the slack!
As a result of Emily Nemens’s appointment, as you can imagine, The Southern Review is now hiring a Prose Editor and Co-editor. If interested, pop on over to: https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/LSU---Baton-Rouge/Editor---The-Southern-Review_R00021987
Rutgers University is looking to fill the position of Lecturer. Contact the Department of English at @RutgersU. They request applicants
have an MFA and at least 3 years of teaching experience. For more information,
go to: http://wp.rutgers.edu/ . But apply soon!
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Writing All the Things,
Drema and Barry