Today we announce that BURNAWAY‘s Founding Editor Jeremy Abernathy will be stepping down from his role as Editor-in-Chief to pursue new opportunities. As we bid Jeremy farewell, we excitedly welcome our new Editor, Rachel Reese. Below is Jeremy’s farewell letter to you, our readers.
Dear BURNAWAY readers,
I announce today my departure as Editor-in-Chief of BURNAWAY Magazine. Effective this week, I am handing over my editorial duties to Rachel Reese, who is taking over in my place, and am stepping down to explore new career opportunities. I have every confidence in her expertise and thoughtful insight into what BURNAWAY is, has been, and will be.
As the organization’s cofounder and founding editor, I’m finding it difficult to express how much BURNAWAY has meant to me these past four and a half years. The transition carries some sadness, yes, but it also marks a continuation of what readers already know and love, as well as a fresh start.
Since our launch in 2008, I have trained countless writers, some of whom now contribute to Art Papers, Artforum, and other publications of note. In the past two years, I had the pleasure of expanding our multimedia content to include audio and video, as well as signature columns such as Our Front Porch, The Fringe, and Theory in Studio. Last year, I introduced new workshop programs, advocated for raises in writers’ compensation, and worked to strengthen existing relationships with partners such as Creative Loafing newspaper and AM1690, the Voice of the Arts.
You can look forward with confidence to new content, partnerships, and public programming as BURNAWAY forges into the future. And, as always, look forward to more engaged conversations about contemporary topics you care about most.
I don’t know what the future holds for me personally, but please know that I am staying in Atlanta.
Please take care of yourselves, and please take care of BURNAWAY. The publication belongs to both readers and staff. Here’s to a new chapter for all of us.
Cofounder, Founding Editor