KaToya Ellis Fleming, Editor of Lookout Books, Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship Recipient


Monday, January 24, 2022

KaToya Ellis Fleming, editor of Lookout Books and assistant professor of publishing arts, has been selected as the recipient of the Richard S. Holden Diversity Fellowship. The scholarship is a collaboration of the American Copy Editors Society and the Dow Jones News Fund. Lookout Books is the literary book publisher of UNCW’s Department of Creative Writing.

Fleming is one of six editors selected for the fellowship. The goal of the Holden Fellowship is to promote diversity and inclusion by advancing early and mid-career professionals in their work as publishers and aspiring industry leaders. The scholarship recognizes the work of the late Richard S. Holden, who championed diversity in the ranks of editors as longtime managing director of the Dow Jones News Fund.

Fleming, who was a American Oxford Jeff Baskin Writing Fellow 2019-2020, is committed to showcasing the work of writers of color, LGBTQ+ authors, and other often marginalized voices.

“As a professor of publishing at UNCW and an editor at Lookout Books, it’s important to me to ensure that writers of color feel honored and respected as artists, treated like their stories matter, and can feel comfortable and confident that their voices will not be homogenized during the editorial process,” Fleming said. “This fellowship not only encourages this work, it will give me the opportunity to elevate my craft through advanced training in editing, publishing and leadership.”

Each scholarship recipient will receive up to $3,000 to apply towards tuition, conference fees, travel, or other costs related to their continued professional development and skill building.

ACES is the leading national organization of publishing professionals, educators and students. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of writing and the working lives of publishers. Learn more about Lookout Books at lookout.org.

Venita Jenkins


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