Our single-word issue title "publish" no doubt conjures up all sorts of anxieties in most writers and academics. It first rings through the head as a command to produce, to make, to compose-and underlines its necessity. Publish implies an invocation of engagement with its sister noun "public." It also suggests an interchange and exchange between an audience of readers and the produced texts, leading to something that has been called a "sphere" in its grandiose claims and a "community" in its slightly more modest conceit. To publish is to produce a different form of conversation, one that is abstracted from the oral into the written and then presumably back out into both written and spoken, thereby producing new circuits of interchange and exchange.