It is said that “everything comes to he who waits.” That is certainly true of Stephen Corey.
Corey [pictured below right] is the longtime associate editor of The Georgia Review. He joined the Review’s staff in 1983 as assistant editor serving under the great Stan Lindberg. In 1998, when Stan’s health deteriorated to the point where he could no longer continue to work, Corey was named acting editor. He “acted” as editor while UGA did a search and in 2001, when T.R. Hummer was appointed editor, Corey resumed the associate’s role.
Since the middle of 2006 Corey has once again been acting editor, Hummer having left the Review and moved to Arizona State University.
And now Corey gets the top job himself, a position he richly deserves. He has been named the permanent editor effective immediately. I received the news from Corey himself in an email yesterday.
No one knows the Review like Corey. He served his apprenticeship under the tutelage of Lindberg; he has spent long periods as acting editor; and he was involved in the redesign of the journal that Hummer instituted.
It should also be noted that the National Magazine Award the Review won last year was for a piece from an edition that Corey edited.
Besides being an editor at the Review, Corey is also a very fine poet with nine published volumes to his name.
Recognizing him as “one of the more influential literary figures in the state,” the New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion to Georgia Literature states that Corey “has helped shape the literary landscape in this country for the past two decades.”
I’m so very glad UGA has finally awarded Corey the top job at the Review. He will continue and enhance the tradition of excellence the Review has come to embody, a tradition that Corey himself has been intimately involved in creating.
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