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Laura Marsh Named New Literary Editor at the New Republic

New York, NY January 31, 2017  — The New Republic has promoted Laura Marsh to the newly created position of literary editor, overseeing cultural coverage and criticism for the magazine and She was formerly story editor for the publication. 

With her experience at cultivating some of the nation’s most talented literary critics and cultural commentators, Marsh joins a long legacy of New Republic editors who have led the magazine’s Review section to award-winning acclaim.

“Laura has played a crucial role in reestablishing and broadening our commitment to incisive and substantive cultural criticism,” says editor Eric Bates. “She has edited everything from in-depth essays on the resurgence of populism and thought-provoking reviews of stoner comedies to explorations of the writing of Zadie Smith and Svetlana Alexievich. Her editorial sensibility and leadership will not only enable us to publish the most illuminating essays on literature, the arts, and popular culture, but will help introduce a wide range of cultural commentators to a new generation of readers.”

Prior to joining the New Republic in 2015, Marsh was an editor at the New York Review of Books and a frequent contributor to the New Republic. She has also written for Dissent, Bookforum, The Times Literary Supplement, The Times of London, and Literary Review.

Most recently, Marsh edited two of the three award-winning reviews that garnered New Republic contributor Michelle Dean the 2017 Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing from the National Book Critics Circle. 

“The stakes for all of us engaged in examining and making sense of culture and new writing are very high right now,” says Marsh. “Through its history, the New Republic has shaped a distinctive tradition of thoughtful, provocative criticism. I’m looking forward to extending this tradition while bringing in new voices and perspectives.”

Marsh assumes the responsibilities of former culture editor Michelle Legro following her recent departure. Legro will remain a contributing editor for the publication. 

For media inquiries please contact:
Steph Leke
Media Relations Manager, The New Republic