Announcing Our New Editor-In-Chief

The Board of Directors of Epiphany is pleased to announce Rachel Lyon as the next editor. Rachel has a multitude of talent and cares deeply about writers and writing; she understands Epiphany and what we are trying to achieve. Rachel is a cofounder of Ditmas Lit Reading Series, teaches fiction-writing at multiple venues in New York City, and is the author of Self Portrait with Boy. She is currently a judge for the Breakout 8 contest, and we think she is going to bring great things to this literary venture.

Congratulations to Rachel. Epiphany is lucky to have her at the captain's wheel. And now…

A Message from Rachel

Dear Epiphany readers, writers, lovers, and enthusiasts:

I am overjoyed to take up the position of Editor-in-Chief, and honored to follow in the footsteps of Alex Gilvarry, Tracy O’Neill, and Odette Heideman—a veritable parade of whipsmart literary talents.

I've long admired Epiphany from afar. If you’re reading this, you probably already know all about the world-renowned authors, poets, and translators whose work has appeared in Epiphany’s pages. You probably already know about its commitment to emerging writers. I bet you’re also aware of the exciting changes that are happening now, in Epiphany’s present moment: its growing web presence, for instance. The excellent new criticism seriesThe Epiphanic. The terrific short stories published under the title "Varieties of Estrangement." Maybe you even attended this year’s smash-success fête.

So I’d like to invite you instead to consider with me Epiphany’s future. Imagine for a moment all the writers we haven’t yet published, but will. The fiction writers who will craft complex new worlds for us out of nothing. The essayists who will illuminate for us some arcane corner of culture, or narrate for us in brilliant specificity a unique history of their own. The translators who will give voice to writers working in other languages. The poets whose work will become a new light by which to see.

We read, I think, foremost in pursuit of epiphany: a crystalline sense of empathic understanding that remains in the spirit long after the particulars (words, sentences) are forgotten. As editor, then, committed to this journal in name and in essence, I will be on the lookout for fresh, intelligent literature of clarity, truth, and wit. I will be committed to publishing writers of color, LGBTQIA writers, economically disadvantaged writers, and marginalized writers of all stripes.

I’m excited to get started.

Yours,
Rachel Lyon