FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TORONTO/June 9, 2016—With the publication of Brick 97 this month, Brick announced that Nadia Szilvassy is stepping down from her role as publisher of the magazine. She will be officially handing her publisher responsibilities over to poet and editor Laurie D. Graham at the end of June.
In her Publisher’s Note to the new issue, Szilvassy announced her departure, writing, “It’s been over nine years since I first arrived at Brick. No spring chicken, but nonetheless a fledgling in the field of publishing, I found myself all of a sudden swept up into the midst of countless passionate conversations about writing, art, and life that reached from our Toronto hub out and around and across the world. My head still spins.”
Szilvassy has been with Brick since January 2007, first as managing editor and then, in 2011, taking over the role of publisher from Michael Redhill. As Brick editor Michael Helm said at the launch of the new issue at the Lucky Shrike Bar on June 6, 2016, “Brick has grown nationally and internationally under Nadia’s guidance and great judgment. . . . The unbroken rhythm of working at a literary magazine can be pleasurable one day and feel like a dangerous pressure vortex the next. Nadia has danced us beautifully through these vortices.”
Replacing Szilvassy is Laurie D. Graham, who has been an editor on Brick’s masthead since issue 93 (Summer 2014) and who previously held the role of circulation manager and assistant editor from 2010 to 2014. Graham is the author of two books of poetry, Rove (Hagios Press, 2013) and Settler Education (McClelland & Stewart, 2016), and has taught writing at Humber and Fanshawe Colleges and the University of Guelph. “We’re very happy that . . . she’s assuming the position of publisher, where her intelligence and talent will illuminate every page,” says Helm.
“Changes at Brick over its forty-year history have always been expansive and energizing,” Szilvassy writes in her note. “You will I promise find yourselves newly inspired and delighted.”
Liz Johnston, Managing Editor
Brick, A Literary Journal