Ben Franklin, one of my all-time favorite editors, once said that "Guests, like fish, begin to stink after three days." But that was certainly not the case with Relief's latest "guest," Michael Dean Clark. Way back in July, I happily announced that Michael would be serving as Guest Fiction Editor for the upcoming issue of Relief. In the process of working with him to select this issue's fiction lineup and get each piece ready for print, I came to trust his skill and insight so much that I just had to ask him if he'd like to stick around--permanently. And I was even happier than before when he said yes.
I first met Michael back in 2009 when we accepted his story "Paddling Out" for publication in Relief 3.1, the infamous--or at least controversial--Love and War issue. Since then, he has been a returning author (with creative nonfiction appearing in Issue 3.2), one of our favorite and most dedicated bloggers, and a true friend of the journal. I'm thrilled to now call him part of the editorial team, because I know he will be an outstanding addition to the journal in 2011 and beyond.
So leave a comment and join me in welcoming Michael as Relief's new Fiction Editor.