MUP is delighted to announce the appointment of Jonathan Green as editor of Meanjin. He will take up the appointment on 1 July, 2015.
In a 30-year career he has worked as a senior writer and editor at several Australian newspapers, including 15 years at The Age. He was the editor of Crikey for three years and the founding editor of ABC’s online opinion site, The Drum. He is also a broadcaster, and will continue to work for the ABC as the presenter of Radio National’s Sunday Extra programme.
Louise Adler, Chief Executive, said today: ‘MUP is thrilled to have snared the talent and experience that Jonathan Green will bring to Meanjin. His track record as a superb editor and his role as a curator and contributor to the public conversation will be transformative for the magazine. He will undertake a comprehensive reimagining of Meanjin as a publication in print and online while commissioning this year’s Christmas issue. In 2016 this respected literary journal, a publication with a proud 75-year history, will reveal new energy and pertinence in Australia’s life of letters and ideas.’
Former The Monthly editor, John van Tiggelen, had been appointed Meanjin editor earlier this year, but has now decided to pursue other opportunities.
Jonathan Green said: ‘This is a great opportunity to take an important Australian literary title and find new readers and purpose for it both in print and online. I believe Meanjin can make its presence felt on the high ground of Australian intellectual culture as a provocative, thoughtful, literate and entertaining publication, positioning itself for its next 75 years.’
During Meanjin’s 75th anniversary year the highly esteemed publisher and writer Hilary McPhee was guest editor of the June edition. Professor Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, will be the guest editor of the September edition, which poses the question, ‘Is there a crisis in democracy?’