Tracy O'Neill joins Epiphany as Editor-in-Chief

This month, Odette Heideman is stepping down as Epiphany's Editor-in-Chief. Over the last seven years, first as Fiction Editor and then as Editor-in-Chief, Odette helped shape the spirit of Epiphany, carrying the magazine through shifting literary and political landscapes, publishing a stunning array of voices — from the short stories of Lydia Davis to Mazen Kerbaj's graphic literature translated from the German to a portfolio of writings and pottery by Japanese ceramicist Akiko Hirai — and garnering numerous awards for the magazine along the way. We're grateful for her guidance, will miss her, and wish her all the best on new adventures to come.

 Meanwhile, we are thrilled to announce Tracy O'Neill as the new Editor-in-Chief of EpiphanyTracy is a writer and editor with broad experience. Her work has ranged from sports writing for The New Yorker and Rolling Stone to a debut novel—The Hopeful—which was named a best book of 2015 by Electric Literature and earned Tracy a spot as a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. We're looking forward to starting a new chapter for Epiphany with Tracy leading the way. Please find a letter from Tracy below. 


Bang on keys, drip ink, snake magnets and through these shapes, we arrive at a sonic geography evocative of images. It suggests something under the skin: a feeling, a theory, or even, improbably, the conviction that a character of known imaginative extraction speaks a more vibrant truth. This leap from lines and loops to heightened consciousness is where we find literature, and a commitment to its abundance of forms has been the bedrock of Epiphany for sixteen years.

I’m thrilled to join a magazine that has housed some of the most moving literary voices from around the world. Yes, I’m talking about Elena Ferrante and Domingo Martinez, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri, and Man Booker Prize winner Jessica Cohen. I’m also talking about emerging writers like Ruth Serven, who was awarded the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, and John Gower, whose story “Orange Moon” was published by the magazine in collaboration with Writers for Recovery, a Vermont writing workshop dedicated to addiction and recovery narratives.

As in any transition, there will be continuities and turns. Our readers will, of course, still be able to read the print magazine, but expect to see our literary offerings grow online too. We see the internet as a resource for communion that allows us to persist in the spirit of global border-crossing the magazine has long held dear in its celebration of works in translation. In the coming tomorrows, we hope you’ll find new points of connection with Epiphany, whether that means following us on social media, joining us for a reading, or digging into our archive.

The mission of Epiphany has always been to make visible the revelatory, particularly writing that ruptures and broadens notions of what literature is, what it can do. Looking toward the future, we’re excited to continue discovering and sharing the epiphanic. Think renegade sentences, illumination at the margins, rhythm-driven narrative, queering gesture, eureka-probing, decolonized swagger, limning mystery, intersectional aesthetics, boundary-popping prose, other-poetics, the dance of formal play across the page— in sum, the ecstasy of letters that spins eros, even as and because, we are unsure where the edges of literature lie.