This issue of Legacy appears midway through the year and at the tail end of spring, yet I am preparing it for press while the year is new and my world is still adrift in snow. I have transitions and new beginnings on my mind. Having exchanged positions with Nicole Tonkovich, I am mindful of her immense contribution to the journal as editor in chief; I am also grateful for her guidance and mentorship. All of us at the journal are fortunate indeed that she has agreed to continue to serve as a coeditor. Similarly, I have renewed appreciation for the insight, commitment, and professionalism of my other colleagues at Legacy, whose work is quite literally indispensable to our success. Theresa Gaul, Sharon Harris, Robin Cadwallader, Sari Edelstein, and Lisa Thomas are a joy to work with, and I want to thank them personally and publicly.
The success of a scholarly journal depends, as well, on a wider circle of contributors who are equally deserving of thanks and recognition. We rely upon our outstanding editorial board for their deep knowledge of the field and their devotion to Legacy's mission. Two members of the board, Susan Tomlinson and Laura Laffrado, completed their terms at the close of 2012. I thank them profusely for their service, which has been unstintingly generous and of immense value to us; we are grateful that the journal will continue to benefit from their expertise as consultant/readers. We are also honored to welcome Joycelyn Moody and Tamara Harvey as new board members, with whom we look forward to working and who bring a wealth of knowledge and goodwill to their new positions. To the ranks of our consultant/readers, who review journal submissions with both rigor and generosity of spirit, we are happy to add several new names: Faith Barrett, Dale Bauer, Nina Baym, Lisa Botshon, Lorrayne Carroll, Mary Chapman, Nancy Cook, Melanie Dawson, Elizabeth Duquette, Eric Gardner, Susan Kollin, Alexandra Socarides, Claudia Stokes, Caroline Woidat, and Lynda Zwinger. Closer to home, we owe thanks to our student editorial assistants, Shannon Cardinal and Christie Shields, whose unfailing competence and enthusiasm tangibly serve the journal and remind us of its value to all of us as teachers.
In addition to welcoming fresh faces to our established posts here at Legacy, we are happy to announce the formation of a new board of consultants for digital and social media. The inaugural members are Donna Campbell and [End Page vii] Greg Eiselein, who have graciously agreed to share with us their expertise and innovative spirit. While Legacy retains its historical orientation, we are avidly exploring new possibilities and opportunities for the journal in the digital age, and we solicit your feedback and suggestions on these efforts.
Readers are well aware that, as institutions of higher education move into the digital environment, graduate students are increasingly required to submit theses and dissertations for open access in electronic form. Thus I am grateful to announce that the University of Nebraska Press has recently revised their copyright policy for academic journals: While we cannot consider work that has been published previously, those whose dissertations have been published online through ProQuest are no longer barred from submitting essays based on that work, as long as the authors have not otherwise signed away their copyright. I trust this will come as welcome news.
With this change, I look forward to receiving even more submissions from both emerging and established scholars whose work pushes the field in new directions. The present issue on "Women Writing Disability" exemplifies this quality of scholarship: Together the contributors illuminate the compelling intersections between the fields of US women's cultural production and disability studies. On behalf of the journal, I am deeply grateful to Michael Davidson for his superb work as guest editor for this issue, and I look forward to seeing how it revitalizes our scholarship and teaching in the years to come. [End Page viii]