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.