UofT professor Nick Mount hired as Walrus fiction editor
John Macfarlane, editor and co-publisher of The Walrus magazine, announced this week that the Toronto-based magazine has hired Nick Mount as its new fiction editor, effective Sept. 1.
Mount replaces Jared Bland, who left to become managing editor at House of Anansi Press in June. As managing editor, Bland oversaw The Walrus’s fiction and poetry, which Macfarlane has now divided between Mount and the magazine’s new poetry editor, Michael Lista, both of whom will be employed as freelancers.
“Jared wanted to do both, but now that he left, we wanted to find an expert for each because both fields [fiction and poetry] are related, but also sufficiently different,” Macfarlane says.
Macfarlane says Mount’s academic background (Mount is associate chair of the English department at the University of Toronto) is one reason why he is the quintessential candidate. “He’s a brilliant and celebrated teacher,” says Macfarlane, adding, “He’s an accomplished critic who’s very well connected and has a great reputation.”
Mount, who has written a number of articles for The Walrus, says his feelings toward his new position are two-fold. “[It’s] exciting and sobering: exciting because I love introducing readers to the writers I love, sobering because I hope I choose well.”
Before he departed, Bland commissioned fiction and poetry through spring 2012.