This past year was a banner one for us at Saranac Review. Our online presence has been transformed by a complete redesign with the assistance of a top design firm in our region, the Boire Benner Group. We celebrated our tenth anniversary issue with a gala event at the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference in Seattle, at which SR contributors joined us to read their works published across the decade of the journal’s existence. Also present at that anniversary reading was a group of our undergraduate student interns from SUNY Plattsburgh, young writers whose development into poets, essayists, fiction writers and dramatists is at the core of our vision for the journal. Founded not only as a venue for the highest quality writing in multiple genres, representing a broad, diverse, and international swath of literary talent, SR’s intent has always been to educate and inspire the students in our writing program to become part of the ongoing conversation that creating and supporting art makes possible.
As we go to press on this 11th issue, we’ve recently returned from yet another AWP Conference, attended with a second group of our writing students, thanks to the generosity of our university. Corny as it may sound, we’re the ones who come away inspired: witnessing the heady excitement of student writers as they discover the vibrancy and depth of literary culture that AWP showcases and that editing a literary journal provides. It is all like "being among the people who speak your language," in the words of one of our students interns.
We too have those gratifying moments of realizing we’re among people who speak our language, and so often it is while reading. We hope this issue of SR will give our readers just such moments of recognition as they find poems in the familiar, welcome voices of Aliki Barnstone, Mark Brazaitis, Carla Panciera, and Ricardo Pau-Llosa, and fiction from master storytellers Karen Bender, Peter Orner, and Bill Roorbach. We also bring you a wealth of luminous new voices, including those of fiction writers Jonna Carter, Aaron Francis, and Joseph Truscello and essayists Marshall Comstock and Ruth Lopez. As with every issue of SR, we include the folio of a visual artist, here the miniature, dreamlike text-and-image collaborations of Michael Dumontier and Neil Farber, whose work can also be seen on our cover.
Back at the offices of SR, we have undergone a leadership transition that has landed us in the best of all possible worlds. Jose Torres, one of our founders and the Editor in Chief since the dawn of SR, has taken on the new role of Executive Editor. With Jose’s continuing guidance we are now a two-person team of co-editors who bring to our work on SR our cumulative years of editorial experience at Salon.com, The New York Times, North Point Press, and various literary magazines. While it’s bittersweet to say goodbye to our longtime colleague and Associate Editor Mark Holden, and to the incredible Jennifer Gioia, who as SR’s Administrative Assistant kept us on track with grace and calm through the last four issues, we welcome aboard our able new assistant, Wendy Truong. And we’re delighted that former Associate Poetry Editor, Michael Devine, is now our Poetry Editor, while Visiting Lecturer, Aimee Baker, is serving as our Fiction Editor for the next issue.
Thank you, our readers, for your part in the continuing conversation that is Saranac Review. We would love to hear from you directly about your thoughts on this issue, either the print edition or the newly redesigned online edition at www.saranacreview.com
Cheers, and enjoy,
- Elizabeth Cohen & Kate Moses | Editors | Plattsburgh, N.Y.