I founded the fiction magazine Zoetrope: All-Story with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in 1996, and launched it from my studio apartment in Manhattan. Our mission was simple: to discover great new voices in fiction. I served as editor in chief for over seven years and more than fifteen years later, Zoetrope: All-Story is still thriving, recently winning its second National Magazine Award for Fiction.
Over the years, the magazine has unearthed talented new voices such as Melissa Bank, David Benioff, Adam Haslett and Daniyal Mueenuddin. It has propelled emerging authors like Chris Adrian, Ben Fountain, Miranda July, David Means and Karen Russell, and has published such literary luminaries as Don DeLillo, David Mamet, Gabriel García Márquez, Cynthia Ozick and Salman Rushdie.
In addition, different guest designer have constructed each issue. Photographers (Helmut Newton, Richard Prince), artists (Jeff Koons, Wayne Thiebaud), musicians (David Bowie, Tom Waits), actors (Dennis Hopper), directors (Julien Schnabel, Peter Greenaway) and others have contributed their considerable design talents to Zoetrope: All-Story’s visual aesthetic.
While running the magazine, I founded Zoetrope’s Annual Writers Conference in Belize, launched the magazine’s online writing workshops, started the Zoetrope Annual Short Story Contest, produced an evening of one-act plays, and edited two anthologies of the magazine’s best stories.