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.)
More fallout from the suicide of Virginia Quarterly Review editor Kevin Morrissey: the lit journal has closed down its offices at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) and canceled the winter issue of VQR. In addition to this, NYT’s “Arts Beat” reports that the names of 3 out of five Read More
On July 30, Kevin Morrissey, the managing editor of The Virginia Quarterly Review, one of America’s most respected and ascendant literary journals, took his own life, apparently unable to abide the pressures of his job. His suicide has since opened a debate on the issue of “workplace bullying” and called into question the Read More
This week, Charlottesville’s The Hook examines the Virginia Quarterly Review and the circumstances surrounding managing editor Kevin Morrissey’s suicide last month:
A Hook investigation reveals that behind the staid, Thomas Jefferson-designed exterior of VQR‘s headquarters swirl allegations of financial recklessness, conflicts of interest, and a bizarre pattern of management-by-email that drove a staffer Read More