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

Monday, January 24, 2022

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

Fleming is among 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 editors and aspiring industry leaders. The fellowship recognizes the work of the late Richard S. Holden, who championed diversity in the ranks of editors as the longtime managing director for the Dow Jones News Fund.

Fleming, who was an Oxford American Jeff Baskin Writing Fellow from 2019-20, has committed to presenting work by writers of color, LGBTQ+ authors, and other often marginalized voices.

“As a publishing professor at UNCW and 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 won’t be homogenized during the editorial process,” said Fleming. “This fellowship not only encourages that work, it will afford me the opportunity to elevate my craft through advanced training in editing, publishing and leadership.”

Each fellow will receive up to $3,000 to apply to course tuition, conference fees, travel, or other costs related to their continuing career development and skill-building.

ACES is the nation’s leading organization of editing professionals, educators and students. The society is dedicated to improving the quality of the written word and the working lives of editors. Learn more about Lookout Books at

--Venita Jenkins