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Our New Editors!

October 9, 2019

In part two of our masthead announcement, we’re excited to say the full roster has been assembled! We’ve brought on three assistant poetry editors—Jenny George, Esteban Rodríguez, and Jessica Q. Stark—and three assistant fiction editors: Ben Black, Amber Caron, and Ariel Courage. A warm welcome to them, and to our readers: stay tuned . . . !

September 18, 2019

We’re proud to announce big changes to the AGNI masthead! These additions and shifts will broaden our reach, refresh our perspective, and expand who we are.

Sven Birkerts and William Pierce, who’ve collaborated here for fifteen years, will now work side by side as co-editors. Then, centrally, six new genre editors have accepted invitations to join the magazine. After our August call for applications, two panels of current and former editors spent a month reading and debating. It’s impossible to convey with just biographical details the verve and particularity that made these candidates so compelling. They impressed and energized us, and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them.

Shuchi Saraswat comes on as nonfiction editor, alongside Jennifer Alise Drew, who has been instrumental at AGNI since 2003.

Julia Brown and Emma Copley Eisenberg join as fiction editors, alongside Mary O’Donoghue, who switched in 2010 from publishing her work here to helping shape the magazine’s sensibility.

And three new poetry editors further reorder the AGNI landscape: Paula Bohince, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and Ruben Quesada.

Shuchi, among her many achievements as a writer and a force in the Boston literary community, is a judge for this year’s National Book Award in Translated Literature.

Julia, a former fiction editor of Gulf Coast, teaches fiction at the University of Houston and runs classes for the local Houston organizations Inprint and Writespace. Her work has appeared in Mosaic, SmokeLong Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Emma has published her fiction in AGNI, GrantaMcSweeney’s, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. She lives in Philadelphia, where she directs Blue Stoop.

Paula is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Swallows and Waves (Sarabande Books, 2016). Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Best American Poetry.

Jennifer is the author of two full-length poetry collections, including most recently Interrogation Room (White Pine Press, 2018). She has published her poems in AGNI, Crazyhorse, jubilat, The Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere.

Ruben, a former essays editor of The Rumpus, is the author of a chapbook of poetry and translations, Revelations (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2018). He is executive director of Arte Americas.

Warmest welcome to all six, with cheers, congratulations, and thanks!


Thank you, too, to everyone who applied for these positions. We were moved by the response to our call—more proof that the state of the literary culture is strong. Applicants in poetry and fiction who’ve yet to hear back from us are under consideration for assistant editorships. We will select three assistants in poetry and three in fiction, very soon.

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