Register Tuesday | June 18 | 2019

Founder Bids Adieu

Derek Webster finds new field to dream on.

After seven years at the helm of Maisonneuve, founder and editor-in-chief Derek Webster has accepted the position of managing editor at Reader's Digest. Always eager for a new challenge, Derek has chosen to share his sharp editorial expertise with one of this country's longest-standing and most-read magazines.

Maisonneuve will continue its award-winning quarterly publishing schedule under the direction of publisher Jennifer Varkonyi and new editor-in-chief Carmine Starnino. Carmine has worked at Maisonneuve as an editor since its inception in 2002. Given his experience and history at Maisonneuve, Carmine's transition from senior editor to editor-in-chief is a natural evolution.

Speaking about the move, Derek said: "Maisonneuve is ready for the next step in its growth. Every small magazine that hopes to stay relevant needs to move beyond its founder's original vision.”

In addition to his work for Maisonneuve, Carmine is the editor of Signal Editions, a poetry imprint of literary publisher Véhicule Press. He has published one collection of critical essays, A Lover’s Quarrel (Porcupine’s Quill) and four books of poetry, the most recent of which is This Way Out (Gaspereau Press). His poems have won the F.G. Bressani Literary Prize, the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and the Canadian Authors Association Poetry Award.

Stepping up as Maisonneuve's new associate editor is Drew Nelles. Drew has written for This Magazine, the Montreal Mirror, and Canadian Dimension and is a former MediaScout contributor and editor at the McGill Daily.