After a productive decade of leading America's oldest (and, thanks to an astounding gift of $200 million from philanthropist Ruth Lilly, richest) poetry monthly to increased circulation and two National Magazine awards, editor Christian Wiman will leave Poetry the century-old publication as of June 30 to teach at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School. A national search for his successor is slated to begin this spring.
"My years at Poetry have been the most exciting and rewarding of my life," Wiman said in a statement. "I will take with me many friends, fond memories, and of course a subscription to Poetry -- which I'm very much looking forward to reading simply as a reader."
Wiman's latest book, the nonfiction "My Bright Abyss: Meditation of a Modern Believer," (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), hits bookstores and cyber-shelves in April.