The Russian Presence
Beginning with the next issue, the editorial responsibility for NER will be assumed by Carolyn Kuebler, and in my "Editor's Note" (page 8) I have indicated my deep indebtedness to her and to C. Dale Young, our longtime poetry editor. At this moment of transition, I also want to express my gratitude for the demanding example set by the editors who preceded me—especially Sydney Lea, who with Jay Parini was one of the founding editors of the magazine in 1978. Jessica Dineen, the first managing editor I had the good fortune to work with, instantly understood everything that needed to be done and how to do it; her fine work has been carried on by those who succeeded her, Jodee Stanley and—for almost ten years now—Carolyn Kuebler. Thanks, too, to Toni Best, who was for many years Office Manager at NER, a position now occupied by Lexa deCourval. In addition, I want to acknowledge the efforts of our team of editorial Readers—Jennifer Bates, Janice Obuchowski, and J. M. Tyree, in particular—who have maintained a close association with the magazine and continue to provide us with invaluable assistance in identifying work of the highest quality for publication in our pages. And finally, thanks from all of us to Middlebury College and President Ronald Liebowitz, and to our many donors, for their continuing commitment and indispensable support.