As we come to the close of our first decade of publishing Memorious, we are sorry to say that we are saying goodbye to our third fiction editor, Barrett Bowlin, who so generously carried on the legacy of co-founding fiction editor Brian Green and our second fiction editor, Jessica Murphy-Moo. Barrett joined us in 2011 and has volunteered for us for three years, tending the fiction section, joining us at our annual AWP Bookfair table, and generally bringing good cheer to the Memorious community. We are very sorry to see him go, and we wish him the best as he moves on to other projects. Thank you for everything, Barrett Bowlin!
Over the past month we have conducted a nationwide search for a new fiction editor, and we have been humbled by the wealth of talented and interesting people who have been interested in this fully volunteer position. While we couldn’t make room for all of the wonderful applicants we would like to have invited to join us, I am happy to say that we are bringing on two of them. Former contributors Ian Stansel and Joanna Luloff have agreed to serve as fiction editors of the journal at the start of the new year. It has been exciting to watch both of these writers emerge and publish their first books since appearing in Memorious, and the fact that they were both interested in returning to Memorious in new roles, as editors, is a testament to the community you, our readers and contributors, have helped us develop. (Contributing editors Adam Day and Hadara Bar-Nadav, as well as former fiction editor Jessica Murphy-Moo, also first came to us as contributors.)
We welcome Joanna and Ian as part of the upcoming launch of our second decade of publishing, and we wanted to introduce them to you.
Joanna Luloff received her MFA in fiction from Emerson College and her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Missouri. Prior to all of those years of graduate school, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka. Her first collection of stories, The Beach at Galle Road, was published by Algonquin Books in October, 2012. One of the stories, “Counting Hours,” appeared in Memorious 9. Other stories have been published in The Missouri Review, Confrontation, and New South. The Beach at Galle Road was a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and the winner of the Maria Thomas Award in Fiction, and the story “Let Them Ask” won The Missouri Review Editors’ Prize. Her novel Remind Me Again What Happened is forthcoming from Algonquin Books. Joanna has worked as a fiction reader for Ploughshares and as the nonfiction editor for the journal Blueline. She is currently an assistant professor at SUNY Potsdam.
Ian Stansel is a writer, editor, and teacher. His collection of stories, Everybody’s Irish, is available from FiveChapters Books. He holds an MFA in fiction writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston, where from 2008 to 2012 he served first as fiction editor, then as editor-in-chief of Gulf Coast. His fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals, including Ploughshares,Ecotone, Cincinnati Review, Memorious, Antioch Review, Sycamore Review, and others. His stories have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the New Stories of the Midwest anthology series and shortlisted for Best American Short Stories. His nonfiction writing has appeared on Salon and The Good Men Project. Through 2013 he contributed monthly essays on a variety of literary subjects to the blog at Ploughshares. Born in Chicago, and raised there and in northern California, he currently lives in Ohio with his wife, writer Sarah Anne Strickley, and their daughter Simone.
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