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A Journal Built Around "Lore"

posted: 7.7.09 by Nick Carbone

LORE began when two University of Illinois at Chicago professors, Patricia Harkin and James Sosnoski, got in touch with Bedford/St. Martin’s about an idea several of their graduate students had: to publish a journal built around lore, “the informal ways in which teachers accumulate knowledge about pedagogical traditions and practices. Many of us who seek advice about what happens in our classrooms do not turn to published journals, but instead ask our colleagues, ‘what would you do?’ LORE is interested in these answers” (“What is ‘lore’?”).

The goal of the journal was to make a scholarly home for lore, which is a valuable and intellectually rich way of knowing and understanding the teaching, scholarship, and academic service.

The founding editors — Eve Wiederhold, Beth Burmester, Eva Bednarowicz, Tina Kazan, and Nels P. Highberg — published the first issue in the spring of 2001 and their final issue in the summer of 2004. The aim had been for the journal to be a vehicle for graduate students and adjuncts to gain experience managing a publication — the editors issued calls for contributions, designed the journal’s look and feel, and reviewed and selected submissions. Bedford/St. Martin’s sole role was to publish the journal online for free and to help promote it.

The partnership worked very well. However, as the founding editors graduated and found excellent and challenging positions as new assistant professors, the duties of their new positions left them with less time to work on LORE. The idea had been that a succeeding group of graduate students, perhaps under the mentorship of the founding editors, would be recruited to continue the journal and to learn the craft of scholarly editing.

And so, after the summer 2004 issue (LORE published three times per year, spring, summer, and fall), LORE ceased to publish new issues and existed as an archive of valuable work we’ve been proud to host.

That changed, however, in 2008, when on behalf of her graduate students, Melissa Ianetta of the University of Delaware queried Bedford/St. Martin’s on the status of LORE. Her students had an idea for an issue of LORE and wanted to pursue publishing an issue.

Colleen Foley and Kate Huber issued a call for contributions on “the Intersection of Literature and Composition” They reviewed contributions, decided on which submissions to accept, and worked editorially with contributors to develop the pieces. The editors also worked with Victoria Sandbrook, an editorial assistant at Bedford/St. Martin’s on preparing the pieces for publication and on a redesign of LORE’s look and feel as a Web 2.0 publication.

A lot of care and thought went into this new issue and we’re very proud to publish it.

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