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The Massachusetts Review is edited by a highly talented and deeply loyal group of writers and teachers, centered in the Five Colleges area of Western Massachusetts, with offices at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. To contact individual editors, write to the editorial office (Photo Lab 309, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003) or email

Jules Chametzky, Editor Emeritus
Jules Chametzky is a professor emeritus of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the founder (in 1959) and co-editor of the Massachusetts Review. He is the author of, most recently, Out of Brownsville: Encounters with Nobel Laureates and Other Jewish Writers (University of Massachusetts Press,2012), as well as From the Ghetto: The Fiction of Abraham Cohen (1977) and Our Decentralized Literature: Cultural Mediations in Southern and Jewish Literature (1986), and co-editor, with Sidney Kaplan, of Black & White in American Culture: An Anthology from The Massachusetts Review, among other works. Among his awards and honors is the Melus Award for Lifetime Contributions to Ethnic Studies (1995) and a Chancellor's Medal (1990) for distinguished teaching and scholarship. He earned his B.A. from Brooklyn College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Jim Hicks, Executive Editor
Jim Hicks is the former Director of the Program in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst as well as the American Studies Diploma Program at Smith College. From 2004-2007, he served as U.S. Project Director of the Educational Partnership Program between Smith College and the University of Sarajevo. He has translated several works by the noted Italian writer Erri De Luca, including The Crime of a Soldier, A Dissenting Word, as well as the screenplays for The Human Voice (directed by Eduardo Ponti, starring Sophia Loren and Enrico Lo Verso) and The Nightshift Belongs to the Stars (directed by Eduardo Ponti, starring Nastassja Kinski, Enrico Lo Verso, and Julian Sands). He has published work in the Centennial Review, the Minnesota Review, Postmodern Culture, Twentieth-Century Literature, as well as journals in Estonia, Italy, Romania, Spain, and Turkey. His book, Lessons from Sarajevo: A War Stories Primer, was published in 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Press. For MR, with Kevin Bowen, he was co-editor of the 2011 special double issue, Casualty.

Ellen Doré Watson, Poetry and Translation Editor
Poet and translator Ellen Doré Watson is the author of four books of poems, including This Sharpening and her new collection, Dogged Hearts, both from Tupelo Press. Her previous book Ladder Music, won the New York/New England Award from Alice James Books and individual poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Field, Boulevard, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker. She also translates Brazilian literature, with a dozen books in print, including Adélia Prado's The Alphabet in the Park (Wesleyan University Press, 1990), which was supported by an NEA fellowship. Watson is the director of the Poetry Center at Smith College.

Pam Glaven, Art Director
Pam Glaven is a visual artist who makes things, often books and collages, out of brown paper bags. She is a partner at Impress, a graphic design studio in Northampton, MA. Pam has designed many magazines, including New England Monthly (National Magazine Award for General Excellence, 1986 and 1987), FamilyFun, Disney, Sky & Telescope, and Orion (Utne Independent Press Award for General Excellence, 2010), and many books, including books for Hyperion, Roaring Brook Press, and Factory Hollow Press. Her catalogue design of Du Bois in Our Time, for the University Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, won Third Place in the Exhibition Catalogues category of the 2015 New England Museum Association Publication Award Competition. She is Art Director for the Massachusetts Review, and Design Director for Orion magazine. Pam studied painting at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Emily Wojcik, Managing Editor
Emily Wojcik has worked in nonprofit publishing for more than a decade, first with Paris Press in Ashfield, MA, and now the Massachusetts Review.  Her reviews and criticism have been published in The Women's Review of Books, The New Hibernia Review, PLOP!, and Communal Modernisms: Teaching Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture in the Twenty-First Century Classroom (Palgrave Macmillan).

Deborah Gorlin, Poetry Editor
Deborah Gorlin is co-director of the Writing Program at Hampshire College. Her book of poems, Bodily Course, won the l996 White Pine Press Poetry Prize. She has published poems in Bomb, American Poetry Review, Poetry, New England Review, Harvard Review, Antioch Review, Green Mountains Review, HubBub, Seneca Review, the Forward, Best Spiritual Writing 2000, and Sycamore Review.

Corinne Demas, Fiction Editor
Corinne Demas is the author of numerous collections of short stories, novels, books for children and young adults, and a memoir. She is a professor of English at Mt. Holyoke College. Visit her Web site here.

Edwin Gentzler, Translation Editor
Edwin Gentzler is a Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Translation Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author of Translation and Identity in the Americas: New Directions in Translation Theory (Routledge, 2008) and Contemporary Translation Theories (Routledge, 1993; Multilingual Matters), which has been translated into Portuguese, Italian, Bulgarian, Arabic, and Persian. He is the co-editor (with Maria Tymoczko) of the Translation and Power (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002). He serves as co-editor (with Susan Bassnett) of the Topics in Translation Series for Multilingual Matters and as an executive committee member of the American Translation and Interpreting Studies Association (ATISA).

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