Because literary nonfiction (or “creative nonfiction” or “the essay”) is an area of increasing diversity and interest, Geeta Kothari, our longtime fiction editor, will be moving laterally into a new editorial post: KR’s nonfiction editor. Geeta’s own work has appeared in such venues as the Massachusetts Review, Fourth Genre, and Best American Essays. She has also edited the volume Did My Mama Like to Dance?: And Other Stories About Mothers and Daughters. This new position will allow Geeta to focus on cultivating, nurturing, soliciting, and discovering a broad range of nonfiction for our publications.
I am also delighted to announce that Caitlin Horrocks will become the new fiction editor of The Kenyon Review. Caitlin brings a wide-ranging expertise as practitioner, teacher, and reader of fiction, along with friendships throughout the larger community of writers. Her own collection of stories, This is Not Your City was published in 2011 by Sarabande Books to ecstatic reviews. She recently won the Plimpton Prize from The Paris Review.
For the first time, the entire editorial board of The Kenyon Review—these days a rather far-flung and talented crew—will gather in Gambier for two days in July. We are all very excited at the prospect of the leisure and opportunity to discuss many aspects of literature today, changing media, and prospects that lie ahead—including the 75th Anniversary of KR in 2014-15. I hope this will be the first iteration of an annual gathering, perhaps a modest first step in a contemporary revival of John Crowe Ransom’s Kenyon School of English from 1948-50. That’s an exciting goal!