Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Jeanne Leiby, Editor of The Southern Review, Dies

From HTMLGIANT, Jeanne Leiby, 1964-2011:

Very sad news today: Jeanne Leiby, editor of The Southern Review, died in a car accident in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. The preliminary news report ( comes from Avoyelles Today. A tribute from Alex V. Cook, a writer and friend, appears at his blog:

During Leiby’s short tenure at The Southern Review, she distinguished herself for the care and kindness she offered writers. Her short piece “Why I Call,” was her most public statement on the matter:

Condolences and best wishes in this difficult time go to the Leiby family and to Jeanne’s colleagues at The Southern Review and Louisiana State University.


I didn’t personally know Ms. Leiby—though I enjoyed reading her posts on Facebook—and I loved her collection of short stories, Down River, which I wrote about here:


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