On September 1, The Kenyon Review will begin accepting applications for its KR Fellowships. These two-year post-graduate positions are intended for creative writers who have already completed the MFA or PhD degree and are seeking time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Two fellows, a poet and a prose writer, will arrive in Gambier, Ohio in August 2014. Applications will be accepted through October 1st.
What can a KR Fellowship offer you? Just ask our current fellows, poets Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers and Natalie Shapero:
Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers: “I’m convinced that receiving the Kenyon Review Fellowship is one of the luckiest things that has happened to me. In addition to having the time and financial support to keep writing, I’ve taught a number of talented younger writers, and have become a better editor. I’ve also had fantastic mentorship: a rare privilege, especially after one is no longer a student. The greatest gift, however, has been the chance to live and work in a place where people have such a deep appreciation for writers and their writing. At Kenyon and in the town of Gambier, a love for the written word is one of the foundations of the community—this, in itself, is wonderful, and rare.”
Natalie Shapero: “The fellowship has been an invaluable experience, offering the kind of time and support for writing that is nearly impossible to come by. I’ve spent my days so far writing extensively, reading broadly, working alongside the terrific KR staff on the magazine and website, teaching an uncommonly absorbed group of students, and finding kindred spirits in the community of artists and scholars here in Gambier. I couldn’t ask for a better way to spend two years.”
Imagine it: two years to write, to gain teaching experience in one of the country’s most celebrated English departments, to work closely with KR’s editorial staff and talented student associates, and to join a literary community that is close, supportive, and dedicated to the pleasures of the written word.
What are we looking for in our KR Fellows? Exciting writing, the promise of teaching excellence, warm and lively contributors to Gambier’s community of writers and readers. Again, our current fellows offer a model. As KR Editor David Lynn observes, they have inspired us with their talent, their energy, and their generosity of spirit:
With the continued growth and maturity of their own writing, their inspiring work as teachers, and their full-on engagement with the life of the literary community, Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers and Natalie Shapero have dazzled us. As part of the Kenyon Review editorial team, they have brought other talented writers to our attention whom we might have missed. They truly are exemplary models of all we’d hoped for the Kenyon Review Fellowships. I have no doubt they will go on, each on her own trajectory, to distinguished careers. And we will search hard for future Fellows who can live up to this marvelously high standard of performance and community engagement.
In just a few years, the KR Fellowships have become one of the most distinguished literary opportunities available for young writers. We hope you’ll apply!