In Memoriam: Raymond J. Smith

With sadness we learned of Raymond J. Smith’s death this week. Smith, along with his wife of more than forty years, Joyce Carol Oates, was a founding editor of The Ontario Review and Ontario Review Press. He leaves a rich and distinguished contribution to literary publishing.

In the essay “On Editing The Ontario Review,” which originally appeared in The Art of Literary Publishing: Editors on Their Craft. Bill Henderson, ed. (Pushcart Press, 1980), Mr. Smith wrote, “I see editing a magazine not as compiling but creating, and the finished product as a work of art in its own right…”