Renowned literary editor Brigid Hughes to visit UB Libraries

Published November 1, 2019

Brigid Hughes, founding editor of the esteemed literary magazine A Public Space, will visit the UB Libraries to share her insight and experiences as a world-renowned literary editor.

The event, hosted by the Poetry Collection, will take place at 6 p.m. Nov. 4 in 420 Capen Hall, North Campus. Space is limited. To register, contact Laura Hare at 716-829-3385 or

A Buffalo native, Hughes founded A Public Space in 2006. The Brooklyn-based magazine discovers overlooked and unclassifiable work, and welcomes voices unheard elsewhere. The publication has gained a reputation for spotting and publishing writers before they become widely known.

Jesmyn Ward, Dorthe Nors, Amy Leach and Nam Le are among the writers whose work was first introduced in A Public Space. Fiction published in the magazine is regularly selected for The Best American Poetry series, O. Henry Award and Pushcart Prize.

Hughes recently established a book division of the magazine, A Public Space Books. The imprint’s first publication, Bette Howland’s “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,” received critical acclaim.

In 2018, A Public Space received the inaugural Whiting Literary Magazine Prize. The publication also received the 2016 Firecracker Award for Best Literary Magazine from the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.

Hughes is a recipient of the PEN/Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing. Prior to founding A Public Space, she was executive editor of the iconic Paris Review, following the death of founding editor George Plimpton.