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January 11, 2013

Poetry Magazine Editor to Step Down

The editor of Poetry magazine plans to retire after 10 years on the job, according to a news release from the Poetry Foundation.

Christian Wiman became editor shortly after philanthropist Ruth Lilly gave the magazine $200-million in 2003. During his tenure, circulation tripled, and Poetry won two National Magazine Awards, among other accolades. In 2007, The New York Times described Mr. Wiman's editorship as "enthusiastic adventurousness, publishing a wide range of poetic styles, turbo-charging the back of the book with essays … and reviews engaged in debate both lively and dead serious."

Mr. Wiman will leave his post at the end of June to join the faculty of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.

His announced departure was celebrated in verse by The Chicago Reader.