David Weiss is the author of a recent book of poems, GNOMON, two previous collections of poems, The Fourth Part of the World and The Pail of Steam, and a novel, The Mensch, which was published by Mid-List Press as a winner in their first novel contest. He has also published numerous essays on poetry. Weiss teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Geoffrey Babbitt has published poems and essays in many journals, including Colorado Review, Pleiades, DIAGRAM, Notre Dame Review, TYPO, Washington Square, Barrow Street, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and teaches at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Associate Editors:

John D'Agata
Lyric Essay

John D’Agata is the author of Halls of Fame, About a Mountain, and The Lifespan of a Fact, as well as the editor of the 3-volume series A New History of the Essay, which includes the anthologies The Next American Essay, The Making of the American Essay, and The Lost Origins of the Essay. His work has been supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Howard Foundation Fellowship, an NEA Literature Fellowship, a Lannan Foundation Fellowship, and a grant from the Oberman Center for Advanced Studies. He holds a B.A. from Hobart College and two M.F.A.s from the University of Iowa.

Kathryn Cowles

Cowles is author of Eleanor, Eleanor, Not My Name (Bear Star Press); she teaches creative writing and American poetry at the Colleges.

Joshua Unikel
Art & Design

Unikel began editing for Seneca Review in the fall of 2007 on the special issue, “On the Lyric Essay.” Responsible for the magazine’s redesign, he has also designed the most recent collection of poems for the Colleges’ Press and is the design maven for Wolf at the Door Press. He is a graduate of the Colleges and The University of Iowa (MFA, creative nonfiction).

Contributing Editors:

Stephen Kuusisto's memoir, The Planet of the Blind, was published by Dial Press to great acclaim. His collection of poems, Only Bread, Only Light, was recently published by Copper Canyon. Kuusisto teaches in the M.F.A. program at Ohio State University.  

Rosanna Warren is the award-winning author of Stained Glass and Each Leaf Shines Separate, Departure, and Ghost in a Red Hat, and a collection of essays, Fables of the Self, all from Norton. She has also published a translation of Euripides's Suppliant Women (with Stephen Scully) and edited The Art of Translation: Voices from the Field. She teaches at Boston University and is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.

Former Editors:

Jim Crenner founded Seneca Review in 1970 with Ira Sadoff and edited the magazine until 1982. He is the author of the recent book of poetry, Drinks at the Stand-Up Tragedy Club, and two previous books of poetry, The Aging Ghost and My Hat Flies on Again. A student under the late Donald Justice at the Iowa Writers Workshop, he lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York where he is a recently retired professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Ira Sadoff, co-founder of the Seneca Review, is the author of Barter and six other collections of poetry as well as a novel, O.Henry prize-winning short stories, and The Ira Sadoff Reader (a collection of stories, poems, and essays about contemporary poetry). Sadoff has received a Creative Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts and a Fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation. His recent scholarly publications focus on postmodern American poetry. Sadoff is Colby College’s Arthur Jeremiah Roberts Professor of Literature.

Deborah Tall edited Seneca Review from 1982 to the fall of 2006. She was the author of four books of poems, most recently Summons, chosen by Charles Simic for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by Sarabande Books. She's also author of several books of nonfiction, including The Island of the White Cow: Memories of an Irish Island, From Where We Stand: Recovering a Sense of Place, and A Family of Strangers. Tall was also co-editor, with Stephen Kuusisto and David Weiss, of The Poet's Notebook, published by Norton, which originated from a special issue of Seneca Review. She taught literature and writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.



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