Genoways Agonistes

October 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

An unexpected development, but isn’t life full of surprises?

Editor at Embattled Literary Journal Will Stay


The University of Virginia has released its audit investigating workplace conditions at the Virginia Quarterly Review, the prizewinning literary journal it oversees, but nearly three months after the suicide of its managing editor, Kevin Morrissey, the journal is still on hold. Carol Wood, a spokeswoman for the university, said on Friday that Ted Genoways, the editor of VQR, had been invited to stay on as editor, and Mr. Genoways confirmed in an e-mail that “Yes, I will be remaining on as editor.”

Staff members have not yet returned to work, Ms. Wood said. The nine-page audit, made public this week, was ordered after Mr. Morrissey’s suicide, when some of his family and friends suggested that Mr. Genoways and stresses in the workplace contributed to his decision to kill himself. The audit said that there were “no specific allegations of bullying or harassment prior to July 30th,” the day Mr. Morrissey died, but also recommended that Mr. Genoways’s “responsiveness on administrative matters and his management style” needed to be addressed.

In an e-mail on Friday, Mr. Genoways criticized the report for lacking “a clear statement of the facts.” “I suppose they don’t want to state my innocence too plainly, because it makes their actions — cleaning out my office, canceling the winter issue — look panicked and ill-considered,” he said. “But I think moving on will require greater honesty.”

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