By Jon Parrish Peede
April 2nd, 2012
As publisher of the Virginia Quarterly Review, it’s my pleasure to announce the appointment of Jane Friedman as Web Editor. Friedman, the former publisher and editorial director of Writer’s Digest, will join our staff in June to develop online and digital content and a larger social media presence for VQR.
I had the pleasure of watching Jane serve on a National Endowment for the Arts funding panel, and I can state from firsthand experience that she is gifted, energetic, and deeply knowledgeable about publishing and new trends in the field. We are particularly excited about her leadership in developing a greater community of online readers for VQR.
A nationally recognized expert on blogging and social media, Friedman has spoken on writing, publishing, and the future of media at more than 200 events since 2001, including South by Southwest, BookExpo America, and the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.
Jane says, “VQR’s quality contributors, historic archives, and strong brand offer a rich foundation for online community and new media growth. I couldn’t have asked for a more ideal publication or respected group of colleagues to work with.”
She is currently an assistant professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Evansville and M.A. in English from Xavier University in Cincinnati. You can read more about her background at her website, where she has an award-winning blog for writers. We are delighted to have Jane join the VQR staff.