Editor’s Notes & Cover Art

About the Cover

Our cover design by Nanette Black features features Grand Central Station 2002, a photograph by Dona Ann McAdams. McAdams is an award-winning photographer whose work has been exhibited widely, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the International Center for Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, Robert Miller Gallery, and La Primavera Fotographica in Barcelona. She has practiced social documentary photography for over thirty years, receiving Obie and Bessie Awards for her performance work, and a Lange-Taylor Prize from the Center for Documentary Studies. Her monograph, Caught in the Act, was published by Aperture in 1996.

Photograph courtesy of the artist.

Editor’s Notes

KR Award—New Literary Festival—New Fiction Editor (Whew!)

On Thursday, November 8, the Canadian novelist and poet Margaret Atwood will be presented with the 2007 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. Presented by the KR trustees at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City, the award will recognize Ms. Atwood’s artistic power and integrity over a span of decades. She has challenged readers around the world to see that world in profoundly new ways. Her fictional locales are sometimes dystopias, but the kind whose resonances and dramatic collisions peel away the scrim of ordinariness from our eyes so that we see newly.

Earlier honorees have included E. L. Doctorow, Joyce Carol Oates, Seamus Heaney, Roger Angell, Umberto Eco, and Ian McEwan. Ms. Atwood, like them, is being recognized not for a single work but for a continuing achievement of the highest artistry, combined with an integrity of voice and purpose. She adds luster to this already distinguished group.

Immediately following the ceremony in New York, Ms. Atwood will travel to Gambier, Ohio, to be part of the inaugural Kenyon Review Literary Festival. Beginning on Friday, November 9, with the student-directed Harvest for the Homeless reading, which has been a tradition at Kenyon College for more than a decade, the festival will continue through the weekend with panel discussions, book sales, exhibits, and a reading by Ms. Atwood on Saturday evening. All events are open to the public. This should be a stimulating launch of a festival that will in coming years enliven the region.

On another note, it’s my great pleasure to announce that Geeta Kothari, a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh, has agreed to become fiction editor of The Kenyon Review. Geeta is a writer and teacher of vision, eloquence, and breadth. I know that she will further strengthen our already distinguished offerings in fiction, and I look forward to working with her.

Geeta takes on these duties because Nancy Zafris, my friend and collaborator for so many years, has decided to take on a fresh challenge as the editor of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction at the University of Georgia Press. Nancy has been an invaluable source of counsel over the years, often challenging me to stretch my tastes and valuations, often a support when support was needed. I’m glad (and relieved) to say that she will remain very much a part of the KR family, serving as a member of the advisory board and as associate director of the Writers Workshop. She has earned my everlasting thanks—and that of KR’s readers as well.

And finally: in November The Kenyon Review will once again accept on-line entries for the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. This contest recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world. The contest winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop. In addition, the winning poem will be published in The Kenyon Review. The second- and third-place winners will also see their poems published. Further information on the contest is available at our Web site, kenyonreview.org.

—David H. Lynn

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