Three Boston Review editors resigned after the magazine chose to keep fiction editor Junot Diaz on the staff despite accusations of misconduct and misogyny that surfaced in May.
Diaz, a Pulitzer Prize winner, was accused of sexual misconduct not long after he authored a piece in The New Yorker in April that detailed his encounters with sexual assault as a child. In a letter, editors in chief Deborah Chasman and Joshua Cohen wrote that they hadn’t received any complaints during Diaz’s 15-year stint with the publication.
The letter also said Diaz’s behavior “does not have the kind of severity that animated the #MeToo movement.”
The letter left poetry editors Timothy Donnelly, BK Fischer and Stefania Heim, whose resignations are effective July 1, outraged, NBC News reported.
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“What most distresses us are the letter’s apparent arbitration of what constitutes inclusion in the #MeToo movement and its lack of attentiveness to power dynamics in a star-driven media and publishing landscape,” the editors said in a statement.