Jeanne Leiby, 46, LSU editor

Associated Press / April 24, 2011

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Jeanne Leiby — editor of Louisiana State University’s literary quarterly, The Southern Review — was killed in a traffic accident near Baton Rouge.

State police said Ms. Leiby, 46, was driving westbound Tuesday on Interstate 10 when she tried to change lanes, lost control of the car, and hit a guardrail.

Ms. Leiby, a fiction writer and teacher, was named editor of The Southern Review in 2008 after serving as editor of The Florida Review at the University of Central Florida. She had also been fiction editor of Black Warrior Review while a graduate student at the University of Alabama, LSU said.

“This is a great loss to the LSU community, both personally and professionally,’’ LSU chancellor Michael Martin said Wednesday. “The students, faculty, and staff with whom she worked will miss her greatly.’’

Ms. Leiby grew up in Detroit.