- Editor’s Note
It is with some sadness that I announce that this will be my last issue as general editor of the Emily Dickinson Journal. It has been a fun, and sometimes a wild, ride. I would like to thank all the excellent managing editors it has been my privilege to work with since 2005 and all the contributors who have made the Journal what it is. I am also delighted to announce that James Guthrie at Wright State University will be the new Editor, starting at the end of the summer, 2015. All procedures for submitting material to the journal will remain exactly the same. For information unavailable on the Journal websites (www.emilydickinsonjournal.org and www.press.jhu.edu/journal/emily_dickinson_journal/), one can contact email@example.com.
During the last ten years, the Journal has changed in a few ways, while I hope also maintaining the quality of publication established by its earlier editors, Suzanne Juhasz and Gary Stonum. We have introduced two new recurrent sections or points of focus: “The Global Translation and Reception of Emily Dickinson” and “Buried Gold: News from the Archive.” We have also published a number of review essays, addressing topics ranging from fictional accounts of Dickinson’s life to scholarship on her engagement in the Civil War. More generally, the journal has increasingly received and published submissions from scholars outside the United States and focused on reading Dickinson through the lenses of perspectives that may have been foreign to her in Amherst, Massachusetts. On the other hand, she herself wrote that when poetry stimulates “vital light,” it “Inhere[s] as do the Suns - / Each Age a Lens / Disseminating their / Circumference.” In the last ten years, the staff of the Journal has hoped to reveal more of that dissemination and circumference.
Recent conferences in Shanghai and in Paris attest to the liveliness of Dickinson scholarship and interest in Dickinson abroad. It would be lovely within the next ten years also to see conferences on this reclusive New England poet in South and Central America, Africa, and Australia or New Zealand. Please note the announcement in our back matter of the 2016 EDIS-sponsored international conference on Dickinson in Paris, and please continue to send information about Dickinson conferences to the Journal so that they can be announced in its pages.
Dickinson writes very few poems that include language of parting or “farewell,” so I will here turn to her compatriot Walt Whitman and say “So long”—and looking forward to the next encounter. [End Page vii]