Shannon Ravenel, who graduated from Hollins in 1960 with a BA in English Literature, has worked in publishing for fifty years: in Houghton Mifflin’s trade editorial department from 1961-1971, as series editor of The Best American Short Stories from 1977-1990, as a cofounder with Louis Rubin of Algonquin Books in 1982, as Algonquin’s editorial director from 1992-2001, and as editor of twenty volumes of New Stories from the South. In 2001, she stepped down as editorial director of Algonquin to create and direct a new imprint for Algonquin—Shannon Ravenel Books. Retired as of August 2013, she lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband.
- Harris Teeter, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods
- Salter Path, NC
- Cats and dogs
- Southern writers
- Family—one and only husband, Dale Purves; the four Smiths; the four Burnses