"Yet, for the majority of the award’s 78-year history," writes Marin, "most Clevelanders—and many in the literary world—have not known this prize even existed. And many still don’t."
That's a shame: It's an award which celebrates social justice and contributes to our understanding of racism and diversity. The awards ceremony will be held this Thursday at Playhouse Square, hosted (per usual) by Harvard's Henry Louis Gates. You can check the Anisfield-Wolf website for information on past winners, and opportunities to meet this year's crop.
In addition to a work of poetry, two works of fiction and one work of nonfiction, Wole Soyinka (a Nobel laureate) will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.
This week's issue includes an article on PD Editor Debra Adams Simmons and the mixed reviews she's received in the newsroom since taking over for Susan Goldberg.
On Jan. 18, The Plain Dealer staff met their new managing editor: Thom Fladung, who had been editor of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press in Minnesota. The appointment surprised a newsroom that had expected to see its metro editor, Chris Quinn, sail into the managing editor's slot. According to newsroom scuttlebutt, the Quinn promotion was already ordained.
By appointing Fladung, however, Adams Simmons shows her muscle. She and Fladung worked together at the Detroit Free Press, and he preceded her as managing editor at the Akron Beacon Journal.
Fladung held that position from 2000 to 2002; Adams Simmons arrived in 2003.
Typically, a newspaper's managing editor is the most hands-on leader in terms of the paper's day-to-day operations.
When interviewing Adams Simmons, this reporter asked about rumors that the managing editor had already been chosen. "There are several candidates and that choice will be made by me, in due time," she said firmly.
Obviously, she meant what she said. — Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs
Mike Trivisonno had that to say on Twitter today about the long-rumored but still not official move of Tony Rizzo from the 9 to noon morning slot on ESPN 850 WKNR to the afternoon drive-time slot, where he will go head-to-head with Triv, the long-standing ratings king of the afternoon.
This could get fun.
Three years ago, Debra Adams Simmons was hired as Managing Editor of the PD. The PD celebrated this with a front-page story. Scene liked this so much that we wrote a story about how we hired a Mexican. It's never not been a timely and hilarious story, but we're going to use the news of Simmons getting the Editor job at the PD yesterday as a reason to post it again, just because. Enjoy.
The bosses issued this press release today. Pretty exciting stuff.
CLEVELAND, Ohio, Sept. 27, 2007 — Further establishing itself as northeast Ohio’s premiere alternative weekly, and sending a clear message that it is committed to workplace diversity, Scene proudly announced today that it hired a Mexican guy.