The Orion Society Appoints Amy Brady as Executive Director
Amy Brady
Amy Brady

April 5, 2021 — The Orion Society, a nonprofit based in Great Barrington that publishes Orion, a bimonthly publication focused on nature and culture, recently announced that it has appointed Amy Brady as its executive director.

Brady succeeds Christopher Nye, who has been serving as interim executive director of The Orion Society following the departure last fall of H. Emerson Blake, who stepped down from the post after 15 years.

“Amy brings an array of experience to Orion that will strengthen and complement the work the editorial and organizational staff are already doing,” said Martha Schubert, board chair. “Orion invites readers into a community of caring for the planet and Amy’s leadership in that respect will enhance our programming.”

Previously the director of corporate and foundation relations at Pratt Institute, Brady has also edited and advocated for environmental writing as deputy publisher of Guernica, editor-in-chief of the Chicago Review of Books, and columnist for LitHub. She also served as associate director of grants and contracts for the Bard Graduate Center.

“I’m looking forward to working with Orion staff to expand its operations and programming as it continues to connect a new generation of environmental writers with its readers. New audiences deserve to know about this amazing magazine and the rich content it has to share,” said Brady. “I know my experience working with foundations will complement the success Orion has seen since its founding in 1982.”

Sumanth Prabhaker, editor of Orion, said, “Amy is a thought leader in the publishing world, one whom we’ve made a habit of looking to for inspiration in the past few years. Her instincts as a reader, an environmentalist, and a citizen will strengthen our voice and reimagine the stories that inspire and challenge our community to live well with our surroundings.”

Brady earned a diploma from the Centre for Applied Linguistics in Besançon, France, a master’s degree in English from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a PhD in English from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Her writing has appeared in Oprah Magazine, McSweeney’s, the Los Angeles Times, Slate, Lit Hub, the Dallas Morning News, and other publications. Her book, House on Fire: Dispatches from a Climate Changed World, is due to be published by Catapult Press next year.

Since The Orion Society was founded in 1992, it has published continuously on nature, culture, and place addressing environmental and social issues. Since 2007, Orion magazine has administered an annual book award competition.