Building on a tradition of excellence dating back to 1939, the Kenyon Review has evolved from a distinguished literary magazine to a pre-eminent arts organization. Today, KR is devoted to nurturing, publishing, and celebrating the best in contemporary writing. We’re expanding the community of diverse readers and writers, across the globe, at every stage of their lives.
With a bold new design, the Kenyon Review has transformed itself from one of America’s most important literary magazines, publishing groundbreaking work by both Nobel Prize–winning authors and daring new voices, to a fresh, exciting, and timely multi-platform publication, reaching out to a diverse audience. The growing family of KR publications, both bound and digital, includes:
Our flagship print magazine, elegantly redesigned and more reader-friendly, presenting timelessly artful fiction, poetry, and essays, six times per year. Surprise and delight on every page, in every issue.
KROnline, published every two weeks at kenyonreview.org, reaches out to new audiences, including younger readers and writers, with innovative fiction, poetry, and essays.
The recently launched Kenyon Review App, brings the print edition of our magazine, as well as KROnline, interviews, and podcasts, to all mobile devices.
Special issues of KR and special features of KROnline broaden the range and reach of literary forms, exploring literary excellence in science writing, ecopoetics, travel writing, and the arts.
Digital publications offering new fiction, poetry, and essays, direct to subscribers’ inboxes:
- Popular monthly electronic newsletter, offering news, views, and the best of KR
- Weekend Reads, a delightful dose of reading when Friday rolls around
- A lively series of KR podcasts, disseminating the oral tradition of reading aloud
Programs and Education
The Kenyon Review builds literary community through education:
- Summer writing workshops designed both for young writers finding their voices and adults working to perfect their craft in a range of genres and forms.
The Young Writers Workshop, for 16- to 18-year-olds, is often described by participants as life-changing.
The Writers Workshops offer more than half a dozen workshops each summer. They allow adult writers to find the time, guidance, and support to generate new work, inspiration, and momentum for the coming year.
- The Kenyon Review Fellowships for post-MFA or PhD authors on the verge of establishing an important literary reputation.
- Internships for college students interested in careers in publishing.
- Associates Program for college students learning the ropes of publishing.
- School-year writing workshops for children as young as elementary-school age.
- Symposia on topics of broad literary interest such as “Art and Identity,” a two-year interdisciplinary inquiry into art ownership, restitution, and cultural heritage.
- Knox Reads! galvanizes the local community to engage with a selected book each year through reading, discussion, writing, and an author visit.
Building literary community through celebration:
- The Kenyon Review Literary Festival. An annual literary festival in Gambier, Ohio, drawing participants from near and far.
- The KR Reading Series. A vibrant reading series featuring distinguished writers and exciting new voices.
- National contests to identify new voices among outstanding young poets (The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers) and short-fiction writers (The Short Fiction Contest).
- The Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. Honoring outstanding, accomplished authors writing today.
- The James Wright Award for Nature Writing. Honoring an important literary work engaging the human relationship with the natural world.
A Binding Promise to the Future
Thanks to the vision of KR’s editor David H. Lynn and the generosity of its Board of Trustees, the Kenyon Review looks forward to identifying new ways to excite readers and support writers during a time of rapid change and new opportunity among literary publishers, literary genres, and literary audiences. In all things literary, we will be there, helping writers to produce the best in new writing, delivering their work to the eyes and hands of thoughtful readers.
For the surprise and delight of the well-crafted word, in all its forms, think KR.