Elizabeth Borné’s association with the literary quarterly Oxford American dates back a decade. As an intern, in 2006, she met her future husband there. John C. Williams, also an intern at the time, is now an assistant federal public defender in Little Rock, Ark.
Borné returned to the magazine in 2013 as associate editor, rose to managing editor a year later and has been serving as interim editor since Roger D. Hodge departed this summer for The Intercept. Today, she was officially announced as the magazine’s new editor:
“This is wonderful news,” said Hodge, who recruited Borné in 2013. “Eliza is a brilliant editor and wonderful person — the Oxford American could not have made a better choice. I look forward to reading her magazine for many years.”
Added Borné: “I am incredibly proud of the work we have done under Roger’s leadership for the past three years. We have published great stories that transcend genre and give our readers new perspectives on the South. With every issue, I am astounded again by the brilliance of our amazing writers, artists and contributors. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead our talented editorial staff as we continue creating this vital and spirited magazine that I have loved since I was a teenager.”
The magazine was founded in Oxford, Miss. in 1992 by Marc Smirnoff. In the early 2000s, the publication relocated to Arkansas.