Emily Nemens

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Emily Nemens is an American writer, editor and illustrator. Since April 2018 she has served as the editor of The Paris Review.

Life and education[edit]

Born in Seattle, Nemens studied art history and studio art at Brown University. At Louisiana State University she received a degree in creative writing.[1]


Nemens is an alumnus of the Kerouac Project writing residency in Orlando, Florida, where she completed a short-story collection called “Scrub.”[2] Nemens worked as an editor at the Center for Architecture and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.[3] In Louisiana, she worked at The Southern Review and became its co-editor.[1]

In April 2018, then still widely unknown in the New York literary scene, she was appointed editor of The Paris Review by a five-person committee composed of Susannah Hunnewell, Akash Shah, Jeanne McCulloch, Jeffrey Eugenides, and Mona Simpson.[4] She succeeded Lorin Stein, who had resigned after allegations of sexual harassment.[1] She is the second woman to lead the Review (after Brigid Hughes, who eschewed the official "editor" title out of respect for her predecessor, and the journal's founder, the late George Plimpton).[5]


Nemens has published poetry, fiction and essays in n+1, Esquire and The Gettysburg Review.[1]

As an illustrator, she has obtained a large following for her watercolor portraits of female politicians on Tumblr.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Alter, Alexandra; Ember, Sydney (5 April 2018). "The Paris Review Names a New Editor: Emily Nemens of The Southern Review". The New York Times. Retrieved 6 April 2018.
  2. ^ Rosenblum, Constance (2010-10-01). "One Relationship, Times Two". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  3. ^ Silman, Anna (2018-04-05). "The Paris Review Has Finally Found a New Editor". The Cut. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  4. ^ "The Paris Review Has Chosen Its Next Editor". Vogue. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  5. ^ Vail, H. W. "Emily Nemens Has Big Plans for The Paris Review and She's Taking Submissions". Vanities. Retrieved 2019-02-12.