Hanya Yanagihara Returns to T Magazine as Editor

"I feel strongly that those of us who have been trained to be journalists should be journalists."

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When A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara left T: The New York Times Style Magazine in the spring of last year, she had been deputy editor. She returns now to the magazine, which publishes 11 times a year, as its editor.

“This is my dream job, and I am so excited to be working there again, alongside the smartest, chicest, strangest staff in town,” she wrote in an Instagram post about her new role.

Yanagihara also cited deeper motivations for returning to journalism, writing:

In this extraordinary cultural moment, I feel strongly that those of us who have been trained to be journalists should be journalists. In T’s case, this means spotlighting the people, places, designs, and art of all mediums and genres that might be seen by some as weird or offputting or unsettling and yet are essential to expanding and challenging our idea of what beauty is. One of the great threats of this age is provinciality, and from its inception, T has fought against inwardness and the typical by celebrating the outer reaches of what the human imagination can conjure.

“Given her creativity and breadth of experience, Hanya will elevate T’s distinct and provocative storytelling to a level that explores global culture and enriches each part of the T experience, in print and digitally,” said executive editor Dean Baquet in a statement.

Prior to joining T for the first time in 2015, she had been editor at large at Condé Nast Traveler. She starts May 16.