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Williams named editor of The Monthly


Schwartz Media has announced the appointment of Michael Williams as Editor-in-Chief of The monthly.

Appointed interim artistic director of the Sydney Writers’ Festival at the end of 2020, Williams presented the festival’s 2021 and 2022 programmes, announcing he would step down earlier this year. Previously, he spent more than a decade at Wheeler Center as the organization’s founding director of programming in 2009, then as director beginning in September 2011. Williams has also contributed to newspaper writing and has worked in radio, broadcasting and publishing in Australia and New Zealand. York.

“Michael is an incredible force,” said Schwartz Media editor Erik Jensen. “He has tremendous energy and talent and I know he will bring his unique curiosity and writing acumen to the magazine. Her work at the Wheeler Center and the Sydney Writers’ Festival has demonstrated her ability to lead a vibrant cultural institution, which The monthly is.’

Of her new role, Williams said, “Any reader will tell you there’s no greater thrill than discovering a new favorite writer on a subject that matters.” In successive jobs, I’ve been lucky enough to work with a cavalcade of such writers and experience that thrill. I look forward to continuing this work The monthlyworking with our best writers to not only reflect, but to shape the cultural and political moment and define the national conversation.

Williams will work with outgoing editor Nick Feik on the production of the July issue, with the August issue being Williams’ first as editor.

Feik, who is stepping down as editor-in-chief after eight years, said: “I warmly welcome Michael’s appointment, and I know he appreciates the magazine and will nurture its most important assets: its writers and readers.” I am grateful to my Schwartz colleagues for the opportunities they have given me and can now look forward to the new era.

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