Editor’s Corner: An Interview with Jenny Molberg of Pleiades 

Interview conducted by Stevie Edwards 

For the new “Editor’s Corner” interview series at American Literary Review, our Interviews Editor, Stevie Edwards, will be interviewing literary editors from across the country and sharing the valuable insights they have gained through their work with literary magazines and presses. The goal of this series is to give editors a chance to discuss the contributions and aims of their publications and to give writers a chance to learn about the editorial process and the specific tastes and interests of individual editors. By opening the curtain between editors and writers, this series will help writers to be more informed and confident about the perpetually daunting task of sending their darlings off in hopes of publication. Moreover, this series will celebrate the increasingly vibrant and diverse literary landscape burgeoning in America today.

In this first installment of the “Editor’s Corner” interview series, Dr. Jenny Molberg has generously provided her invaluable insight into the editorial process as an editor for both a highly prestigious literary magazine and press.  
Dr. Jenny Molberg is Co-Editor of Pleaides Magazine, Assistant Director of Pleiades Press, and an Assistant Professor of creative writing at the University of Central Missouri. Founded in 1981, Pleiades Magazine has long been a nationally admired literary magazine, publishing some of the finest emerging and established contemporary poets, fiction writers, and essayists (such as Joyse Carol Oates, Sherman Alexie, D.A. Powell, Tiphanie Yanique, Adrian Matejka, and many others). Pleiades Press also publishes a fantastic catalog of contemporary writers (i.e. Jennifer Givhan, Bruce Snider, Julianna Baggott, Amy Meng, E.J. Koh, and Bianca Stone), who are selected through annual contests, including the Lena-Miles Wever Todd poetry prize, the Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry, the Robert C. Jones Prize for Short Prose, and the Visual Poetry Series. They also publish the Unsung Masters Series, which focuses on celebrating exceptional writers who have not received their fair share of attention. 

Stevie Edwards: Could you talk a little about your path toward becoming an editor for Pleaides Magazine and Pleiades Press? ​