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The Kenyon Review Newsletter February 2010

Short Fiction Contest

The Kenyon Review is accepting submissions for the third annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest until February 28, 2010. The contest is open to all writers under 30 years of age. Submissions must be 1,200 words or less to qualify for the contest. Louise Erdrich will be the final judge.

The contest winner will be receive a full scholarship to attend the 2010 Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, June 19-26, in Gambier, Ohio. In addition, the winning story will be published in a special section in the Winter 2011 issue of The Kenyon Review.

Entries must be submitted through the Review’s website, where an entry form is available. Find the full contest guidelines here.

Apply Now for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop!

Writer’s Workshop Logo

Applications are now available for The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, an intensely creative week-long series of writing workshops held June 19-26, 2010 on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

The Kenyon Review Writers Workshop focuses on the generation and revision of new work. Instructors employ challenging exercises and lead the groups in close readings and discussions of participants’ work. In addition, the instructors schedule personal meetings to discuss workshop assignments and other projects. This year’s session includes workshops in fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction. Workshop leaders include David Baker (poetry), Linda Gregerson (poetry), Rebecca McClanahan (literary nonfiction) Dinty W. Moore (literary nonfiction), Ron Carlson (fiction), Tara Ison (fiction) and Nancy Zafris (fiction).

Writers WorkshopWhether you’ve been writing for years, recently graduated from an MFA program, or have just now decided to take the leap out of your private notebooks and into a classroom, you’ll find a workshop here to help you accomplish your literary goals.

Click here to learn more about the summer writing programs at Kenyon.

KR Reading Series

Are you going to be in Gambier this spring? Join us for KR’s new afternoon reading series in the Cheever Room of Finn House to hear some of the most exciting young writers working today! Our current schedule of readings includes:

Please click here for directions to Finn House.

From KROnline Traci Brimhall

The Sunken Gospel

The sea is thirsty and the shadow of a whale
moves below the ship, angry at anchors, harpoons,
the weathered breasts of the mermaid on the bow.

And the sailors on deck strip the flesh
to find the fat, they sever the head and drain
the oil. All night their hands on their faces.

Not from shame. No. There are blood blisters on their       palms,
but their wrists smell like women. As it dies,
the whale hears its mother singing two miles away,

a fathom deep. Now for the ruthless season.
Now for the dreams rising out of the whale’s split heart,
moaning blue zodiac hymns to the sleepers.

There are three canals in the ear, two windows,
one voice from the beautiful dead. One omega anthem.
One mind editing between hammerfalls, the promise

of a devout music and a common enemy. The lights turn
away as the men turn in their hammocks, their hearts       translating
the sunken gospel, wondering if they hear women singing

green valentines in the water or deaf angels chanting       before the war.
Tomorrow they’ll kill the birds because there’s too much       music.
Tomorrow they’ll wake with dirt in their hands.

KROnline is the online complement of The Kenyon Review. New fiction, essays, poetry, and reviews are published on a biweekly basis. Check back often to read some of the most cutting edge material you’ll find anywhere on the web. Click here to see our latest offering.

From the KR Blog

Nose in a Book



January 25th, 2010 —
Elizabeth Ames Staudt

If the garbage is open when I’m downstairs, I can’t concentrate. This is easy: close the lid, back to work. Now the writer upstairs is using a citrus & patchouli soap that I recognize, so I eat a clementine. Someone (remember, I’m staying here) always has garlic & onions frying up in olive oil, so now I have to get another snack, salty this time.

I wonder, with this degree of scent sensitivity, why I don’t have a totemic writerly aroma, a smell that signals the start of work, or that spirits me to the good, getting-stuff-done stage sooner. Lots of writers use music in this way—as a cue to the world they’re attempting to create, or as a distraction from the one they’re actually living in. I play parts of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea before nearly every writing session, and if the reader leaves my (lets-hope-it-actually-becomes-a-) novel feeling half as moved and astonished as I do when I listen to this song, I’ll have done my job.

This guide to using aromatherapy to “promote health & productivity,” pitched to administrators, offers suggestions: “Perform a poll. Ask your employees what smells they remember most from their childhood . . . Purchase diffusers and strategically place them in common areas such as conference rooms [or] the employee break room.” What weird advice for a workplace. Am I missing some link between nostalgia and decreased fakeworking? If you are reading this at the office, I beg you, ask your coworkers what smells most readily conjure their childhoods. Why does the lounge smell like motor oil? The waiting room like egg salad and sleeping bag. The unisex bathroom like My Little Ponies when you rubbed them: sweetly medicinal, purplishpinkishblue.

Perhaps it would be wise just to start with a smell that makes me want to stay in my seat. A writer here met with a local medium a month ago. She explained that when discussing writing, and feeling stuck, the medium told her that the spirits around her need to be trained to enjoy the work as well. If you’re always trudging to the desk thinking, Oh this is so hard, oh, god I’m so awful, they start to not want to hang around, to increase your difficulty, even. I sure have trained my own spirits to enjoy the hell out of the Internet. They must really get a kick out of debatably useless, limitless bits of infobites, clicking, clicking. Did you know that if humans had the olfactory powers of canines we’d be able to sniff out a Hershey’s kiss in a city the size of Philadelphia?

My desk is much smaller than a city. But there is the one, much smaller than Philadelphia, I am inventing. It smells, so far, like August, screen doors, sugar snap peas, tire swing, rust. Like library basement and bike ride at dusk. I’m trying to keep my nose to the grindstone, trying to remind the spirits of the smell of their own skin.

Read more blog posts by Elizabeth Ames Staudt.

Apply Now for the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshop!

Young Writer’s Workshop Logo The Kenyon Review is now accepting applications for its Young Writers workshop, a creative writing adventure for 16-18 year olds in Gambier, Ohio. Two sessions will be offered this summer: June 27-July 10 and July 18-31, 2010. Young Writers is an intensive two-week workshop for intellectually curious high-school students who value writing. KR’s goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities with language—to become better writers and more insightful thinkers.

Young Writers in classScholarships are available for those who demonstrate financial need.

The deadline for submitting applications for the Young Writers workshop is March 1. Because of the large number of applications, admission is highly selective, based primarily on the student’s application essay and a teacher’s recommendation.

Young Writers at a readingFor more information and an application, please visit the Young Writers workshop page on our web site or contact Anna Duke Reach, Program Director, at (740) 427-5207.

From the KR Archives

David BakerBefore David Baker was the poetry editor of The Kenyon Review, he was published in its pages. This piece first appeared in KR Spring 1998, Vol. X, No. 2. You can find David each summer in Gambier teaching a poetry workshop at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.


            imagining a son

As if the wind warns shh in the evening willows,
two young redwings rinsing in the clear creek
abandon their joy and sleek away, sudden
as each other’s shadows in the low, light-shot leaves.
Already the shallow water settles back and burns.
Already you could be older than I was scouring
for bait from the weed-bank with my father.

Do you see? There, on the creek’s other side,
last glow under the sun-gone bank, a few minnows
cruise away and then hold, slivers, bare fingerlings,
as if signs of crawdads slick among the bottom stones,
bait-sized perch urging back in a tangle of roots.
Everything knows I am here. Everything hides.
Once the silver moon hung its hook out

in lantern light. It was only an hour from now.
He set dozens of lines along the trackless river.
He cupped a match and breathed into the black, dry wood.
He slipped hooks through the spines of tiny fish
and tossed them in, their tails sizzling away
from the lamp in my hand. If I thought we could
catch some, if I thought, tugging off boots,

rolling jeans to our knees, we could wade in
and lift the seine between us like one unfurled hand,
we would lug them sloshing in buckets down
to the river where the creek slips in and goes.
Already dusk has seeped away from the black-lit limbs.
Already an owl curses back at the sky, answering
to nothing, whining its self-starved wish.

Can you hear me? This is not about becoming a man,
but becoming. Maybe the crickets sang all night.
Maybe the shadowless bats remembered the cry of their
I want you to love that because you could.
Maybe we caught a fish, if it mattered, but we walked
for hours through his one, unconditional night,
and he carried me all the way back. Son,

everything knows I am here and is hiding.
I know your shadow roosts in the trees I imagine.
Let it tear free, and come hunt me down. Let me go on,
if I must, in its grip. Already I slip through the creek
just to touch these bodies, to burn them on my hooks,
just to see whose shape even now might strike,
blazing out of this fatherless, poetic dark.



Anna Faison Wins The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Patricia Grodd Poetry Contest

Anna Faison, a junior at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities from Aiken, South Carolina, took first place in this year’s Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers presented by The Kenyon Review. Her poem “Han” (below) was selected by KR Poetry Editor David Baker from almost 600 submissions. In winning the prize, Faison receives a full scholarship to attend KR’s 2010 Young Writers summer program. Her poem will also appear in the Fall 2010 issue of The Kenyon Review.

Emma Broder, a junior at Hamden High School School in Hamden, Connecticut, was named a runner up for her poem “Nkoaranga.”

Also named a runner up was Megan Gallagher, a junior at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities from Beaufort, South Carolina, for her poem “Clutch.”

Both Broder and Gallagher will receive partial scholarships to KR’s 2010 Young Writers summer program and see their poems published in the Fall 2010 issue of KR.

Kevin Hong, a junior at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Needham, Massachusetts, Mallory Weiss, a junior at The Hotchkiss School from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, and Vienna Wagner, a junior at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Carmel, Indiana received Special Merit for their poems, “The Rose Mooncake,” “no need to fight retrospect embarrassment,” and “Esther.”

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize recognizes outstanding young poets and is open to high school sophomores and juniors. This year’s contest was the sixth annual and attracted submissions from students across the country and abroad. The selection process involved a panel of students from Kenyon College as well as KR editors. The contest is named in honor of Patricia Grodd in recognition of her generous support of The Kenyon Review and its programs, as well as her passionate commitment to education and deep love for poetry.


It is perhaps what my mother holds to her heart when she ends
a call from a different hemisphere, her eyes like marbles left

Buried and unmapped in our backyard. She doesn’t know what
to say to me then, or to the round pears on her plate grown abroad

In some familiar soil. She is thinking of her tallest brother pulling
fat dragonflies from his fishing nets and stacking blankets

On the mother she last saw six years ago. On the phone, they
of Korea, cleaved through its middle with the thickest borders in
      the world.

How cranes, a national symbol of prosperity and luck, have begun
      to multiply
there, stretching their black-tipped wings at armistice. They court

and give birth across the invisible line that separates
The Land of the Morning Calm. And citizens on either side fold

a thousand paper cranes in some wish against han, that dull
lingering ache of the soul, passive resentment at fractured families,

a suffering with no English equivalent. Only those
owed political favors have once transcended North and South,

one son forty years lost finding what even the checked fibers
of our kitchen tablecloth dread: Wrinkled hands, the peppered

black knot at the nape of her neck, small feathered words plucked
from the nests of our mouths: My mother, don’t you recognize me?

—By Anna Faison

The KR Family Tree

Think of this section as a bulletin from KR in which we brag about the accomplishments of the extended KR family and leave out the gall-bladder surgeries.

  1. Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde’s story “The Ariran’s Last Life” (KR Winter 2008) appears in Best African American Fiction 2010, Guest Edited by Nikki Giovanni.
  2. Meena Alexander was awarded the Literary Excellence Award by the South Asian Literary Association for contributions to American literature in December 2009. Her new book Poetics of Dislocation was recently published by the University of Michigan Poets on Poetry. A book-length critical study of her work, Passage to Manhattan: Critical Essays on Meena Alexander, edited by Lopamudra Basu and Cynthia Leenerts was published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing in 2009.
  3. A poem by Radu Andriescu is appearing in KROnline.
  4. Hadara Bar-Nadav has two chapbooks forthcoming in spring 2010: Show Me Yours (which features a poem first published in KR) won the Midwest Poets Series Chapbook Award, selected by Martha Collins, and will be published by Laurel Review/GreenTower Press. The Soft Arcade is forthcoming from Cinematheque Press. She recommends checking out the Memorious blog here: “Contributing Editor Adam Day has a great new section on music and poetry. Writers such as Mary Biddinger and Tyehimba Jess post short essays on the roles music plays in their writing lives.”
  5. Dan Beachy-Quick is currently a visiting professor at The Iowa Writer’s Workshop.
  6. Margo Berdeshevsky’s But a Passage in Wilderness was recently reviewed in Women’s Review of Books, and her story collection, Beautiful Soon Enough was just reviewed online in Rumpus, where she may have been accused of being a poet. She has new poems in the fall/winter issue Meena translated into Arabic by Fady Joudah and a poem in the new issue of Pleiades.
  7. Elena Karina Byrne is a new reviewer for ForeWord’s Clarion Reviews, and she serves as Poetry Consultant/Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. She has work forthcoming in Now Culture, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, and The Kenyon Review. Her new book, Burnt Violin, will be released with Tupelo Press sometime in 2011. She is currently completing two books: Voyeur Hour, a poetry chapbook, and Beautiful Insignificance (essays). She writes, “I am currently immersed in four books: Ira Sadoff’s new book of essays, History Matters: Contemporary Poetry on the Margins of American Culture, David Joselit’s book on conceptual text artist Jenny Holtzer (Phaidon), Brendan Constantine’s first book of poems, Letters to Guns (Red Hen Press) and Cathy Colman’s (former Felix Pollak Prize winner) second book, Beauty’s Tattoos (Tebot Bach) . . . all delightfully subvert expectation!”
  8. Joseph Campana received an individual artist’s grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. He has poems coming out in Prairie Schooner and Witness, and his poems have recently been featured online at Guernica and Verse Daily. He writes, “I just heard Eula Biss read here in Houston from her award-winning book of prose poem-like essays, Notes from No Man’s Land (Graywolf, 2009), which is now a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle award. She’s also the author of a book of poems called The Balloonists, which is fantastic.”
  9. Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage (containing “Boar Taint,” which appeared in the Summer 08 issue of KR) was a finalist for the National Book Award, and is currently a finalist for the National Book Circle Critics award.
  10. Dan Coshnear describes his new anthology, 95% Naked: Fictions and Nonfictions, as “a mix of memoir and stories, the loving labors of the members of my writing workshop based in Rohnert Park, California.” His story “Wormholes” is forthcoming in the spring issue of Third Coast, and another story “Or Stay on the Line for Operator Assistance” will appear in the winter/spring issue of Juked. He recommends A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore: “It is alternately very funny and very sad and it never feels contrived because it always feels as if Lorrie Moore is talking to you off the top of her head.”
  11. Brian Doyle writes, “Proving that the world is mad, I have a novel coming out in October, called Mink River, from Oregon State University Press. My ambition is that it someday be considered the second-best Oregon novel ever, after Kesey’s Sometimes A Great Notion, which is the champ hands-down no argument don’t even start. Also I want it to be made into a movie so I can appear briefly as a testy bartender or a guy waiting for a bus or something Hitchcockian like that.”
  12. Randy Fertel’s memoir, The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak, which he began writing in the KR Summer workshop is forthcoming from University Press of Mississippi. A section of that memoir entitled “Katrina Five Ways” appeared in the Summer 2006 issue of KR.
  13. William Giraldi’s novel Busy Monsters is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in 2011.
  14. Atar Hadari won the runner-up prize in the Paumanok Poetry Award 2009 and will be reading at Farmingdale State College in Spring 2011.
  15. Githa Hariharan’s new novel, Fugitive Histories, about the ways in which prejudice works in contemporary India, was recently reviewed in Tehelka, an independent weekly news magazine in India. She writes in to recommend The Hour Past Midnight, a novel by the Tamil poet Salma, which she describes as “a very interesting first novel by a Tamil Muslim woman who has overcome community opposition to write poetry and hold office in a local governing body in Tamilnadu,” and includes a link to her recent essay on the book in The Telegraph India. Finally, she recommends “a provocative piece on two recent and very ‘successful’ takes on India—the film Slumdog Millionaire and the novel White Tiger—by Sudhanva Deshpande on the website Newsclick.”
  16. Liz Harris’ translation of Giulio Mozzi’s “Carlo Doesn’t Know How to Read” was selected and published in the new annual anthology, Best European Fiction 2010, guest edited by Aleksandar Hemon and published by Dalkey Archive Press.
  17. Alice Hoffman’s most recent book, Green Witch, a sequel to her teen book Green Angel, will be published by Scholastic Books in March.
  18. Andrew Hudgins’ new book, American Rendering: New and Selected Poems, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April.
  19. Jessica Johnson recently received an Oregon Literary Fellowship.
  20. Tsipi Keller’s anthology of translations, Poets On The Edge: An Anthology Of Contemporary Hebrew Poetry (State University of New York Press), was recently reviewed by Alicia Ostriker on JBooks.com. Her translation of Maya Bejerano’s The Hymns of Job was published by BOA Editions in 2008.
  21. Meghan Kenny’s story “I’ll Tell You What” is forthcoming in Pleiades in 2010.
  22. Roy Kesey received an NEA prose grant this year, and he reports that he will be using it for travel and living expenses while he researches a novel set in the highlands of Peru.
  23. Joanie Mackowski’s second book, View From a Temporary Window, was published in January by the Pitt Poetry Series.
  24. Karen Malpede’s new play, Prophecy, will open in New York at the end of May.
  25. Man Martin reports that his second novel, Paradise Dogs, is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books, a division of St. Martins Press in Spring of 2011.
  26. Ben Miller has two essays forthcoming: “Mrs. V. and the Lessons of Obscurity” in the Antioch Review, and “The Reinvention of Ice” in Ecotone.
  27. Sharona Muir’s story, “Feral Parfumier Bees” is currently featured on the new online interdisciplinary arts journal, Ancora Imparo. Her poems and a short essay about literature in the age of the Anthropocene Extinction can be found on the Ploughshares blog. She also offers the following reading recommendation: “E.O. Wilson’s story ‘Trailhead,’ in the January 25, 2010 issue of The New Yorker. Wilson is the famous author of ‘Consilience,’ who calls for the unity of the arts and sciences; he is an entymologist, and his story is about the fall of an ant colony after its queen dies. What’s startling and impressive about this story is his achievement of a rare feat: with spellbinding detail about ant life, and without pathetic fallacies or anthropomorphism, he succeeds in depicting, with delicate objectivity, the richness of the ants’ experience—so much so that we are drawn into their world, and the story becomes a universal tale about community, war, and destiny. To me, this story is a perfect example of Epicurus’ maxim, that it is ‘impossible to receive unmixed pleasure without knowing natural science.’”
  28. D. Nurkse has new work in Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and The Times Literary Supplement (UK). He writes, “Winter is a nice time to read Tomas Transtromer.”
  29. Lori Ostlund, whose short story “Bed Death” appeared in KR, was long-listed for The Story Prize for her Flannery O’Connor-winning collection, The Bigness of the World.
  30. Ricardo Pau-Llosa is featured in the current issue of The Writer’s Chronicle (Feb 2010) with an extensive interview by Bruce Allen Dick and a sampling of poems from his most recent book, Parable Hunter, published by Carnegie Mellon Press. A new interview by Armando Mastrapa will appear soon in Saw Palm. Pau-Llosa judged the 2009 first book contest for Crab Orchard Review, and strongly recommends the winner: William Notter, Holding Everything Down, published by Southern Illinois University Press.
  31. D.A. Powell’s recent book, Chronic, has been named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
  32. Mary Rechner’s story “Exhibit” was published in the inaugural issue of Propeller Magazine. Her collection of stories, Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women is forthcoming from Propeller’s new book division, and will be featured in the November 2010 New Short Fiction Series in Los Angeles.”
  33. Catie Rosemurgy’s second poetry collection, The Stranger Manual, was published in January by Graywolf Press.
  34. Grace Schulman’s new book of essays, First Loves and Other Adventures, is just out from the University of Michigan Press: Poets on Poetry Series.
  35. Gabriele Schwab’s new book Haunting Legacies: Violent Histories and Transgenerational Trauma is forthcoming from Columbia University Press in October. She is currently teaching as the Craig Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Germanic, Russian and Eastern European Literatures and Languages at Rutgers University.
  36. Tom Sleigh writes that he has received a fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin for a one semester residency at the Hans Arnhold Center. He also received the Emily Clark Balch Prize, an award for the best poems published in VQR in 2009, a Pushcart Prize/Jentel Arts residency at the Jentel Center in Banner, Wyoming, granted to a Pushcart Prize winner, and a six week residency from the Hermitage National Artist Advisory Committee. He gave the keynote address and several public readings at the Poeteka Internationa Festival of Poetry in Albania in 2009.
  37. John Smelcer’s new book of poetry, Raven Speaks, is due out in February 2010 from Split Oak Press (NY). Originally published in England in 1997 by Ted Hughes, this is the first American edition. His novel, Edge of Nowhere, is forthcoming from Random House in the UK in late 2010.
  38. Bruce Smith writes in to recommend A New Literary History of America by Greil Marcus and Werner Sollors, published by Harvard University Press. He writes, “It’s a tome that crushes your rib cage if you read it in bed, but it’s a brilliant collection of essays. The essay on Alexander Graham Bell by Avital Ronell alone is worth the heft.” He also recommends Umberto Eco’s The Infinity of Lists: An Illustrated Essay (“dazzling and gorgeous. A Rizzoli book, worth the 29 bucks.”), W.S. Di Piero’s book of essays, City Dog, published by Northwestern University Press (“‘casually subversive and alters consciousness without being righteous’ as he says of poetry that matters”) and Anna Journey’s If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting: Poems (The National Poetry Series).
  39. In 2009 Adam J. Sorkin published Memory Glyphs: Three Prose Poets from Romania, a collection of poems by Radu Andriescu, Iustin Panța, and Cristian Popescu, translated mainly with Andriescu, Bogdan Ștefănescu and Mircea Ivănescu (Twisted Spoon Press, 2009), and Mircea Ivănescu’s lines poems poetry, translated with Lidia Vianu (University Press of Plymouth, 2009). In press is Rock and Dew, poems by Carmen Firan (Sheep Meadow Press), containing Sorkin’s translations with the author.
  40. Lisa Russ Spaar won the 2009 Library of Virginia Prize for Poetry and was awarded a 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
  41. Daniel Torday’s short story, “The Weightlifters,” was recently featured on the new Harper Perennial short fiction delivery service, Fifty-Two Stories. The story will also appear next year in The Alembic.
  42. Chase Twichell’s new book, Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New & Selected Poems, is forthcoming in April from Copper Canyon Press.
  43. G.C. Waldrep’s poem “Their Faces Shall Be As Flames,” first published in the New England Review, was reprinted in the January/February issue of Harper’s and is forthcoming in Best American Poetry 2010. He first read this poem in public at Kenyon in June 2007. He recommends Julie Carr’s 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta, 2010), “a book-length sequence that welds the lyric poem to the essay with mordant force,” which he praises as “formally and conceptually, one of the most ambitious poetry publications of the recent past.” He also recommends Yang Lian’s Lee Valley Poems (Bloodaxe, 2009). “The latest volume of poems in translation from the Chinese expatriate poet, and the first to contain work written since he settled permanently in England. Lian is not nearly a well-known in the USA as he should be, in spite of two previous Bloodaxe collections, both excellent: Riding Pisces (2008) and Concentric Circles (2006).”
  44. Daneen Wardop’s new book, Emily Dickinson and the Labor of Clothing, has been published by UP of New England/U of New Hampshire P.
  45. Rosanna Warren has new poems in Slate, the New Republic, the Yale Review, and The Atlantic. Last month her review of Louise Glück’s A Village Life appeared in The Book, the new online book review of the New Republic.
  46. Susan Wood recently won the James Dickey Prize in Poetry from Five Points; A Journal of Literature and the Arts. She had poems in the Fall 2009 issue of Northwest Review and new poems are forthcoming in the Fall 2010 issue.
  47. The debut novel by Dolen Perkins Valdez, Wench, has been released by HarperCollins. It has been reviewed in USA Today, People, Essence, O Magazine, and elsewhere.
  48. Nancy Zafris, former fiction editor of KR, was awarded a $5000 Ohio Arts Council grant in fiction.
  49. Andrew Zawacki’s latest publication is the chapbook, Lumièrethèque, from Blue Hour Press.

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