“On the one hand, it’s not easy. On the other hand, it’s good to get back in a routine and back into the office, where we spent so much time with Kevin. The immediate task at hand is finishing the fall issue.”
But that was also the last task.
The magazine has canceled its winter issue and closed its offices “in the aftermath of the suicide last month of its managing editor and a subsequent investigation by the University of Virginia, which operates the journal”, says the New York Times, going on:
” ‘According to his family, the editor, Kevin Morrissey, 52, had been the target of bullying by Ted Genoways (left), the journal’s top editor, who was on leave at the time of Mr. Morrissey’s death. Mr. Genoways has denied the accusations.
Three of the five remaining staff members “have removed their names from the masthead, said Carol Wood, a spokeswoman for the University of Virginia”, the story adds.
Morrissey, the review’s 52-year-old managing editor, “walked to the old coal tower near campus and shot himself in the head”, says ABC News.
“Co-workers said Morrissey’s death underscored the management turmoil at the high-profile journal”, it said, going on, “Morrissey’s sister, Maria Morrissey, and co-workers acknowledged that he long suffered from depression.
“But they insisted that he took his life only after the university failed to respond to repeated complaints about alleged bullying by his boss, Ted Genoways. Other employees, they said, also complained about being bullied by the journal’s top editor. Genoways vehemently denied the bullying charges.”
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Virginia Quarterly Review – It’s All Hands on Deck for the Fall Issue, August 10, 2010
aftermath of the suicide – Bullying at the Virginia Quarterly Review, August 20, 2010
New York Times – Esteemed Literary Journal Closes Offices After Suicide, August 30, 2010
ABC News – Staff of Virginia Quarterly Rebel in Wake of Editor’s Suicide, August 30, 2010
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