At the Amherst College 2016 LitFest, Deborah Treisman was invited to take part in a question and answer session with Professor Jennifer Acker. Debroah Treisman has been Fiction Editor for the New Yorker for several years, where she selects and helps prepare the magazine’s weekly short story publications. Acker (Amherst College ’00) drew from her own experiences as an editor of the college’s own The Common. During the conversation, Treisman went into detail about her career and the process by which the New Yorker reads and prepares submissions for publication.
Deborah Treisman hails from a family of academics, but decided to strike out on her own path to pursue a career in publishing. After graduating from college at the age of 16, Treisman worked for several fiction publications before joining the fiction department at the New Yorker at age 27. Now, as the head fiction editor of the department, Treisman and her team sift through over 2,000 submissions per month to find the best work for the weekly magazine. She also hosts the award-winning Fiction Podcast for The New Yorker.
This conversation took place on March 4, 2016 at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.