The autumn issue will officially welcome our new Co-Editor Melissa Ridley Elmes to the team. We are very excited to have Melissa working in such a key role at Hortulus for the next two years and look forward to the new ideas she will bring to the journal.

Melissa Ridley Elmes is a PhD student working under the direction of Dr. Amy Vines, Dr. Denise Baker, and Dr. Jennifer Feather in the English Department and Women’s and Gender Studies program at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Prior to this she earned an MA in English with a focus on medieval literature at Longwood University and a BA in French at the College of William and Mary. She specializes in post-Conquest through 15th century British literatures and cultures, with particular emphasis on feasts and feasting, gender, magic and monstrosity.

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