Sunday, May 26, 2013

Ontario Arts Council literature officer lasted less than two months in the job

[This post has been updated] Michael Schellenberg is no longer the literature officer of the Ontario Arts Council, according to a brief item from Quill & Quire site. This, after being in the job less than two months. 

The abrupt departure may be considered puzzling, even alarming, to the many nationally and regionally important cultural magazines based in Ontario which depend on the OAC for part of their operating funding. 
"According to OAC director of communications Kirsten Gunter, program deadlines and assessment panels remain on schedule," said Q&Q. "Details about interim management of the office will be released over the next few days."
According to the OAC's announcement of his appointment on April 4, Schellenberg had been freelancing as a publishing consultant in New York, and as an editor, teacher and writer. Before that, he was associate publisher at Alfred Knopf Canada from 2003 to 2011 and senior editor at Penguin Canada from 1998 to 2003.  

[Update: The job has been posted by the OAC.]

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