Friday, August 1, 2014 Av 5, 5774

Robert Leiter

Former Senior Editor
Stories with themes
Several weeks ago, I wrote about David Evanier and categorized him as a writer of high quality who has labored for years in almost complete obscurity. I often think of the writer Lore Segal in the same way, although the cases are not comparable. No one could say that Segal has been as critically ignored as Evanier. In fact, if...
Media Clippings
It's two years now since Nobel Prize-winning novelist Saul Bellow died, and yet the tributes keep appearing, especially in the the literary quarterlies which, because of their printing schedule, often take a certain amount of time to catch up to major events. One such magazine, the ever-resourceful Salmagundi, edited by Robert and Peggy Boyers at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs,...
If we Jews are truly the People of the Book, then there is no more exact and resonant exhibit now on display than Chosen: Philadelphia's Great Hebraica , which runs through the end of the month at the Rosenbach Museum and Library off Rittenhouse Square. The telling nature of the show is made even more concrete by a close perusal...
The literary world is fast evolving, and the changes appear to be so unalterable that the very business of publishing is being reconfigured beyond recognition on a daily basis. It's not just that magazines and newspapers are disappearing, and that the Internet is coming out the victor; it's the fact that there are now things like "espresso" machines, specifically tailored...
Some daring prose, that readers have sadly ignored
There are many fine writers who are totally unknown to the American public, and there are even a number of exceptional ones who have toiled throughout their entire careers neglected by the bulk of the critical establishment, never finding even a modest readership. I have always placed David Evanier in the latter category. He hasn't published a lot of fiction...


Robert Leiter served as senior editor of the Jewish Exponent before retiring in Dec. 2013. 

In his 30 years with the paper, he won many awards and held many positions, from full-time reporter to interim editor. For five years in the early 1980s, he was managing editor of Inside magazine, the Exponent's sister publication, and for seven years in the 2000s, he was the quarterly's editor in chief, while still working full time for the paper.

Since the mid-1980s, he reported from most of the major capitals of Europe for the Exponent, with an emphasis on the Eastern Bloc countries, during and after Communist rule. Throughout this period, he visited Poland, the two Germanies and the Soviet Union with greatest frequency, but also made visits to Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Romania, the former Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. He has also reported from Catalonia, Alsace, Zurich and Venice, as well as from Costa Rica, Norway, India and the Middle East. A number of his journalism awards have been for his reporting from Europe.

He is a contributing editor to The American Poetry Review, which is based in Philadelphia, and in the 1980s, he served as Murray Friedman's assistant to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission in Washington, D.C.

He has also been a freelance writer for 40 years and his book reviews, short stories, essays, interviews and profiles have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, CommonwealDissent, The American Scholar, The Hudson Review, The New Leader, The Forward, Moment, Redbook, The Pennsylvania GazetteThe Philadelphia BulletinThe Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia magazine, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Partisan Review and many other mainstream local and national publications.



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