Literary magazine Virginia Quarterly Review has announced it has a new publisher, Jon Parrish Peede, the former director of literature for the National Endowment of the Arts. VQR editor Ted Genoways also named Donovan Webster as the magazine’s new deputy editor, following the suicide of former deputy editor Kevin Morrissey last year. Mr. Webster is a former senior editor for Outside, who has also written for National Geographic, Smithsonian, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times Magazine.
Morrissey’s death left the magazine in disarray and Mr. Genoways faced an audit from the University of Virginia over the management of the publication. The audit temporarily closed its offices and suspended publication. (In response, The Observer published a defense of Mr. Genoways by Tom Bissell, if you’re interested.)
The VQR has become a non-fiction powerhouse in recent years, winning National Magazine Awards and other acclaim. Mr. Peede’s job at the National Endowment for the Arts was filled by New York literary agent Ira Silverberg.