Update: Virginia Quarterly Review editor steps down


The Rotunda at the University of Virginia. (AP)

Ted Genoways, the acclaimed and controversial editor of Virginia Quarterly Review, will leave the job at the end of next month, the University of Virginia announced Wednesday. The small, Charlottesville-based literary journal won six National Magazine Awards in his nine years at the helm. But after the July 2010 suicide of his managing editor, Kevin Morrissey, Genoways was accused by some colleagues of being a “workplace bully,” turning a literary-community schism into national news. A well-regarded poet, Genoways denied harassing his employee; a university review later that year faulted him for “questionable” management. Genoways will return to writing, with projects lined up at OnEarth and Mother Jones, the university said. One of his deputies, Donovan Webster, will step in as interim editor.

Read earlier: Virginia Quarterly Review staffer died by his own hand, but he reached out first, 9/9/10

U-Va. suicide probe faults officials’ oversight, 10/21/10

Leaked e-mails reveal tensions before U-Va. editor’s suicide, 1/24/12

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