Emily Nemens Named Editor of The Paris Review

April 9, 2018

Emily NemensEmily Nemens, who, since 2013, has served as coeditor of The Southern Review, was named the new editor of The Paris Review last week. A prolific poet, fiction writer and illustrator, Ms. Nemens will take on the most prominent role of one of the country’s premier literary magazines.

To The New York Times, Akash Shah, a Paris Review board member who led the search committee, said, “Her literary tastes, her accomplishments, the combination of her work ethic and her sense of collaboration — both with her writers and her staff — make her a really unique package of talent … This is someone who is on a steep trajectory, and The Paris Review is going to benefit from that.”

“I am honored to be given this opportunity and I look forward to working with such a talented group of colleagues,” said Ms. Nemens in a statement. “I think I have an ability to understand and appreciate a publication’s history and prioritize incremental, thoughtful growth. This means striking a balance between stewardship and innovation.”

Ms. Nemens will be the seventh editor of The Paris Review in its sixty-five-year history, and the first to take the helm of the magazine after the previous editor, Lorin Stein, resigned in December 2017 amidst an internal ethics inquiry into allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment.

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