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OINK!A Note From The Executive Poobah of Haute Dish

Hi, I'm Clint Weathers, the Managing Editor of Haute Dish. I prefer the title Executive Poobah, actually. I think it more accurately describes my role in the revival of Haute Dish and its transformation from a yearly print journal to a thrice-yearly online journal. How does Executive Poobah more accurately describe my role? Simple! It makes it into a non-role – the role of the person who just makes sure things are moving along, the person who stands up to take the whoopin' when things go wrong, the person who assembles the team, calls the meetings (and religiously shows up five minutes late for them) and most importantly, the person who makes sure that everyone reading this knows that it was the team who made this happen – not me. I'm just Captain Steubing on this Love Boat.

The revival of Haute Dish almost didn't happen. It almost didn't happen more than once, come to think of it. Haute Dish had a true literary legacy behind it, one not to be taken lightly. In its print form, Haute Dish had won national awards for literary excellence in 2001. Dr. Lawrence Moe had planted into my noggin the seed of contributing to Haute Dish three years back when I started at Metro. When I asked him this summer if it was going to be in print again, he pointed me to Dr. Anne Aronson. Little did I know, Dr. Aronson had been conspiring with award-winning novelist Alison McGhee to make it a reality. I didn't think I was anywhere near up to the task of contributing to Haute Dish, let alone working on the staff. I found out that there was a catch -- they told me it would be an online journal – not a print journal. Then they sprung the real catch on me -- they said they thought I'd make a good managing editor and do I want the job? My mom always said, “Fake it till you make it!” so I said yes and away we went. Alison and Dr. Aronson got me the one thing I needed more than anything else to make it happen – a truly wonderful faculty advisor, Suzanne Nielsen. Acting not only as my faculty advisor but my mentor, she listened and accepted my ideas, but added her own – providing much needed reality checks at times – and helped set the concrete goals that defined success for the project. Most importantly to me, she helped me to realize that I once was an artist – a decade ago as a writer struggling in Kansas City – and now I am again, in the Twin Cities as a photographer.

Suzanne recommended an absolutely top-flight staff to work with:
Kristin Johnson, a Master's degree candidate and already Associate Editor of The Metropolitan. Kristin brought us the boots-on-the-ground practical experience we needed. Her never say die attitude carried us through more than once when things got rocky and her ideas about literature helped make me like writing and writers again.
Eric Miklasevics, another Master's degree candidate. Eric brought a wonderful sense of the literary, and helped me realize that not all writers are black turtleneck and beret wearing, latte-sipping artistes.
Diane Bennion, our artist-in-residence who provided us with a brilliant flair for design, relief from our panic attacks, and the occasional Californian Jumping Pig.
Sara McDonald and the rest of the Design Team from the Technical Communications program's Document Design class created the beautiful website that you see. If it weren't for her and her team, you'd be looking at plain HTML 1.0 on a plain white background written in Notepad. Her patience has been infinite and the team's work is fantastic.

There are a host of other people who deserve my thanks, blessings, or a box of nice chocolate in no order whatsoever: Erica Rasmussen and her new baby, Dr. Brian Nerney, Dr. Suzanne Walfoort, Dr. Lawrence Moe, Dr. Anne Aronson, Alison McGhee, Dr. Maythee Kantar, Fred Carpenter, Dr. Mark Matthews, Angela Cross (who has put up with much too much out of me during the last semester), and last but not least, the really annoying guy who sat about halfway back in the room during the inaugural section of CWA 200.

The Spring 2005 issue of Haute Dish is dedicated to the memory of James Arthur Weathers. Thanks, Grampa.


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