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Central to Creativity – Eliza Borne

Eliza Borné was named Editor of Oxford American magazine in October 2015.  She had been the Managing Editor of the magazine, prior to that appointment.  Under her leadership, the magazine has won the 2016 Ellie – National Magazine Award in General Excellence.

A Little Rock native and graduate of Central High School, she wrote Children’s Theatre reviews for the Arkansas Times while in high school.  While a student at Wellesley College, she interned for OA.  After graduation, she was an associate editor at BookPage.  In February 2013, she joined the OA as an editor.  When he was in Little Rock earlier this year, author Harrison Scott Key praised Borné’s skills as an editor.  At that appearance, he also lauded her skills as an interviewer. She has also used these skills serving as a moderator for the Arkansas Literary Festival.

While her talents as a writer and editor have been honed through hard work, she is also carrying on a family tradition in promoting Little Rock’s cultural life. A great-grandmother, Adolphine Fletcher Terry, was a member of the Little Rock Public Library Board (a forerunner of CALS) for decades.  Much could be written about what various ancestors have done to help Little Rock, but Borné is not one to rely on the family name as she forges her own career.  Instead, she uses her skills and love of Little Rock to promote good writing, good music, and good living.

Since 2016, Eliza has served on Little Rock’s Arts+Culture Commission.

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Creative Class of 2015: Eliza Borné

Eliza BorneEliza Borné was named Interim Editor of Oxford American magazine earlier this year.  She had been the Managing Editor of the magazine.  Currently, she is at work on the annual OA music issue, which this year will feature Georgia.

A Little Rock native and graduate of Central High School, she wrote Children’s Theatre reviews for the Arkansas Times while in high school.  While a student at Wellesley College, she interned for OA.  After graduation, she was an associate editor at BookPage.  In February 2013, she joined the OA as an editor.  When he was in Little Rock earlier this year, author Harrison Scott Key praised Borné’s skills as an editor.  At that appearance, he also lauded her skills as an interviewer. She has also used these skills serving as a moderator for the Arkansas Literary Festival.

 

While her talents as a writer and editor have been honed through hard work, she is also carrying on a family tradition in promoting Little Rock’s cultural life. A great-grandmother, Adolphine Fletcher Terry, was a member of the Little Rock Public Library Board (a forerunner of CALS) for decades.  Much could be written about what various ancestors have done to help Little Rock, but Borné is not one to rely on the family name as she forges her own career.  Instead, she uses her skills and love of Little Rock to promote good writing, good music and good living.


Today at 4, Oxford American hosts book reading by Harrison Scott Key

oa hskeyThis afternoon, the Oxford American is hosting a very special book reading by contributing writer and editor Harrison Scott Key. He will be reading from his latest release, “The World’s Largest Man,” beginning at 4:00 PM at the OA Annex (1300 Main Street, Little Rock). This event is free and open to the public. Following the reading, join the author and Oxford American editors at 5:00 PM next door at South on Main for a social hour of cocktails and conversation!

“The World’s Largest Man” is a grand comic satire of the contemporary American South and the tender story of a boy and his Bunyanesque father, told with the comic punch and the wild, burlesque charm of Mark Twain. Harrison grew up in Mississippi, where, he says, “there was very little to do but shoot things or get them pregnant.” Of his father, he says, “The man was perhaps better suited to living in a remote frontier wilderness of the 19th century than contemporary America, with all its progressive ideas, and paved roads, and lack of armed duels. He was a great man, who taught us many things: How to fight, how to work, how to cheat, how to pray to Jesus about it, how to kill things with guns and knives and also, if necessary, with hammers.” Sly, heartfelt, and tirelessly hilarious, “The World’s Largest Man” is an unforgettable memoir—the story of a boy’s struggle to reconcile himself with a place and a father it took him a lifetime to understand.

Harrison Scott Key is the author of the memoir “The World’s Largest Man” (HarperCollins) and a contributing editor for Oxford American magazine. His nonfiction has also appeared in The Best American Travel Writing, The New York Times, Outside, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Salon, Reader’s Digest, Image, Creative Nonfiction, and elsewhere, and his work has been adapted for the stage and performed by Chicago’s Neo-Futurists in their show “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind.” He teaches writing at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and three children.