I didn’t know Jeanne Leiby well–in fact I met her only once, at an AWP Conference–but I was very impressed with what she was doing at The Southern Review. And I was also impressed with what she had to say about her role as an editor–that was on a panel at that same conference. She seemed to me, from a distance, like a perfect literary magazine editor, and I longed to send her something that she would like. In fact, I mailed off something addressed to her this week. Her death saddens me.
Here’s a tribute from someone who knew her well: