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From left to right: Kyla Sterling, Soham Patel, Lesley Coffey, and C.J. Bartunek.


Multiple masthead modifications have occurred since our previous issue. At the beginning of the year, Soham Patel joined The Georgia Review’s staff as an assistant editor; then, following the retirement of longtime business manager Brenda Keen in March, managing editor Jenny Gropp and public outreach and digital projects manager Laura Solomon departed for Milwaukee, where they are now the executive directors of the Woodland Pattern Book Center. (Soham also returned this spring to Milwaukee, from whence she most recently came, for her dissertation defense at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee—congratulations, Dr. Patel!) We also welcome our new business manager, Lesley Coffey, who started with us in early April, and the successive mid-June arrivals of C. J. Bartunek (managing editor) and Kyla Sterling (marketing and circulation manager).

Lesley is the sole contact for all business-related matters.  Before coming to the Review, she worked in the UGA Libraries’ administration office in the finance and accounting unit as a Foundation and travel associate accountant.  She holds a BS in business administration with a concentration in accounting from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

C. J. received her PhD in English from the University of Georgia and her BA from the University of Southern California. Before that, she grew up in a small town in northeastern North Dakota. Her writing has appeared in The Smart SetPacific StandardThe Big Roundtable, and elsewhere. Prior to joining The Georgia Review’s staff, she taught as a lecturer at Piedmont College in Demorest, GA.

Kyla holds a BA in history from Marymount College of Fordham University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of North Carolina–Greensboro, where she taught composition and literature before moving to Athens. Her first chapbook, Warnings & Fables, was published by dancing girl press in 2017, and her poetry has appeared in Painted Bride QuarterlyAdroit Journal, Blackbird, Barrow Street Journal, and Notre Dame Review, among others.

We wish our former colleagues well in their new endeavors, and we look forward to a new season at The Georgia Review with our new colleagues.

In the words of Muriel Rukeyser,

Nourish beginnings, let us nourish beginnings.

Not all things are blest, but the

seeds of all things are blest.

The blessing is in the seed.

We hope you are enjoying our latest sprung seeds in our *SPRING 2018* issue—and please look for our Summer 2018 issue in mid-to-late September.