Attentive readers will note an important change on our masthead. The post of Poetry Editor, which was filled for many years by David Yezzi, is now occupied by Adam Kirsch. David, who has been associated with The New Criterion in various capacities since 1995, has for the last few years been editing The Hopkins Review, a fine literary quarterly published by Johns Hopkins University, where David now teaches. We will miss David’s editorial interventions but look forward to his continued contributions to our pages. We also look forward to working with our new Poetry Editor, the redoubtable Adam Kirsch, winner of the 2002 New Criterion Poetry Prize, author of a shelf-full of books, and sometime literary editor for The New York Sun, The New Republic, and other publications. Adam now helps to edit the weekend Review section of The Wall Street Journal. Upon accepting the post, Adam wrote, “Readers of The New Criterion know that it has always played a unique role in contemporary poetry. Under David Yezzi, the magazine has done an unrivaled job of publishing poems that are informed by tradition yet genuinely original—poems that combine artistry and thoughtfulness in a high degree. I’m excited to take on the role of Poetry Editor in order to continue that mission, ensuring that The New Criterion remains a home for the best poetry being written today.” We are delighted to welcome Adam to the New Criterion editorial team.

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This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 38 Number 1, on page 3
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