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NEWSLETTER | FEBRUARY 2017

Why We Chose It
BY KIRSTEN REACH, ASSOCIATE EDITOR
“He Comes to Feed the Horses” by Mary Terrier appears in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of the Kenyon Review.

Why We Chose ItLike every magazine that publishes short stories, we get a few dozen stories about unhappy marriages or spouses handling end-of-life care in every submission period. Literature: n. see also domestic drama. As an editor, you’re looking for an author with style, and a caretaker who makes you care deeply about this story, in the vein of Alice Munro’s “A Bear Came Over the Mountain,” or Helen Garner’s The Spare Room. Continue reading “Why We Chose It.”

Eileen Huang Wins Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers!
Grodd PrizeWe’re pleased to announce that Eileen Huang, a junior at High Technology High School (Lincroft, NJ), took first place in this year’s Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers presented by the Kenyon Review. Her poem titled “Movie Scene on a Highway Shoulder” was selected by KR Editor at Large Natalie Shapero from a pool of 772 submissions. Huang will receive a full scholarship to the Young Writers Workshop this summer. Her poem will also appear in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of the Kenyon Review. Congratulations! Find out about the Grodd prize runners-up and read the winning poem.

KR’s Nature Writing Workshop
JULY 8-15, 2017
Nature WritingDoes nature inspire your literary imagination? If you enjoy writing poems or essays about the environment, come explore nature’s wonders in this inquiring, imaginative workshop. During morning workshops, instructor David Baker guides the class through pastoral, bucolic, idyllic, and sublime poems and essays on the page. In the afternoon, biology professors lead field explorations in the lush Ohio countryside surrounding Kenyon College. Walk the prairie, hold a blue bird, learn the language of fireflies, and observe nature’s complex beauty in detail. Through this combination of workshop and field studies, you’ll learn to engage description and to find new metaphors. One of last year’s participants proclaimed “this is the most fun I’ve ever had in class!” Find more information and application instructions here.

The Translator’s Voice: A Polyglot Workshop
JULY 8-15, 2017
Translation WorkshopThis non-language specific, KR translation workshop will offer an opportunity for aspiring and mid-career literary translators with a variety of professional backgrounds to find their translator’s voice through close reading and experimentation with language and style from their strongest second language into English. Workshop instructors are Elizabeth Lowe, founding director of the Center for Translation Studies at the University of Illinois, and Katherine M. Hedeen, Professor of Spanish and Translation at Kenyon College. The workshop will be conducted seminar-style, and activities will focus on translation as a cross-cultural activity, using theoretical readings and examples of master translators’ work as guides. Read about the workshop and find application instructions here.

Creative Writing Workshop for High School Teachers
July 8-13, 2017
Teachers WorkshopDesigned for high school teachers who love to write, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop for Teachers combines the generative spirit of the Kenyon summer writing workshops with a new focus on classroom practices meant to encourage student creative writing. Our five-day intensive is part writers’ retreat and part professional development, exposing teachers to a range of prompts and strategies meant to inspire their own work as well as the work of future students. A .25 credit is offered by Kenyon College. Come to reconnect with your own inner writer—the one often lost beneath piles of grading!—and leave with new work and new techniques for incorporating creative writing and contemporary literature into your classroom teaching. Limited scholarship funds are available. More information and application instructions may be found here.

Special Deal for Those Not Going to AWP!
We’ll miss seeing you in Washington, DC, but here’s a sweet deal: subscribe now to KR at the special rate of $24.95/year. That’s more than $10 off the normal rate! You’ll get six print issues featuring the very best in comtemporary writing. Subscribe today using discount code STAYINGHOME.

Announcing the KR Spring 2017 Reading Series
Reading SeriesBringing great writers to Gambier, Ohio, to enrich literary life on the Kenyon College campus and in our surrounding community, is one of the joys our work affords us. This spring, we’re thrilled to sponsor appearances by such commanding writers as Andrea Wulf, Lauret Savoy, Lauren Redniss, Solmaz Sharif (above), Saskia Hamilton, Val Brelinski, and Thomas Swick. If you’re in the vicinity of Gambier, please join us! KR Spring Reading Series Schedule.

New in KR Podcasts
KR PodcastJohn Koethe, award-winning author of four books of poetry including The Swimmer (2016), talks with Editor at Large Andrew Grace about balancing a dual career as poet and philosopher, the best times of year to write a poem, eating dinner with John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara, and the advantages of having a job NOT related to poetry. Do tune in.

From KROnline: Said Yes
BY CARA BLUE ADAMS
Cara Blue AdamsEight months ago this coming Tuesday a person I now understand to have been the devil offered me a deal, and I accepted, and the deal was this: president-elect Donald J. Trump will be turned into a small white female dog and Hillary Clinton will become our nation’s first female president, and she will be a truly historic one. She will be both good and great. She will be the president we all hoped she would prove to be. In 2018, the Democrats may even get the House and Senate back. In exchange, you must accept Donald J. Trump in dog form as a member of your own family and care for him as your cherished pet for the duration of his natural life. But: you cannot expose him to harm nor drive him to harm himself nor allow him to bring himself to harm. He must attain a normal lifespan for his breed. Or her breed, rather. Continue reading “Said Yes.”

Cousin Aubrey
BY PETER TAYLOR
Kenyon Review Cover Winter 1990From the Kenyon Review, New Series, Winter 1990, Vol. XII, No. 1

This month we celebrate Peter Taylor’s centenary by revisiting “Cousin Aubrey,” one of his later Kenyon Review contributions. Taylor came to Kenyon College to study with Kenyon Review founder John Crowe Ransom and was one of the rare undergraduates whose work Ransom published in the Review. He went on to produce fiction that earned him the Pulitzer Prize, the Ritz Paris Hemingway Award, and the PEN/Faulkner, among other honors, and whose influence helped shape twentieth-century American literature. Read more about Taylor in Associate Editor Kirsten Reach’s delightful birthday tribute to him on the KR Blog.

In the Tennessee country of my forebears it was not uncommon for a man of good character suddenly to disappear. He might be a young man or a middle-aged man or even sometimes a very old man. Few questions were ever asked. Only rarely was it even speculated that perhaps he had an “ugly situation at home.” It was always assumed, moreover, that such a man had gone away of his own volition and that he had good and sufficient reason for resettling himself elsewhere. Such disappearances were especially common in our earliest history, before Tennessee achieved statehood even, but they continued all through the nineteenth century and even into the twentieth. We were brought up on stories of such disappearances. I very early came to think of them as a significant part of our history: the men who had disappeared without leaving behind any explanation of their going.

Read the rest of “Cousin Aubrey.”

From the KR Blog: Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks In Form: An Interview with Peter Kahn
BY DORA MALECH
January 17, 2017
Dora MalechDora Malech: As the publication of The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks corresponds with the centenary of Brooks’s birth, could you begin by talking about your own relationship with Gwendolyn Brooks’s poetry and why you believe Brooks endures as such a vital and influential literary voice?

Peter Kahn: I was introduced to both the work and spirit of Ms. Brooks by Quraysh Ali Lansana when I was a social worker in the early 1990s. He shared her work and told stories of her encouragement and generosity. I sat behind Ms. Brooks at Quraysh’s wedding and had the honor of hosting her for a day at the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention in 1996. She was humble, kind, and brilliant. After hearing her read and discuss her seminal poem, “We Real Cool,” I started using it to teach enjambment to my students.
Read the rest of the blog post.

A Micro-Conversation with Joshua Bennett
Joshua BennettTwo of Joshua Bennett’s poems, including “Praise Song for the Table in the Cafeteria Where All the Black Boys Sat Together During A Block, Laughing Too Loudly” appeared in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of the Kenyon Review.

What was your original impetus for writing “Praise Song for the Table in the Cafeteria Where All the Black Boys Sat Together During A Block, Laughing Too Loudly”?

School and schooling—as well as the myriad forms of unscripted social life that make schooling into something that can be survived—are among my guiding interests as a poet. Most of my life as both a student and educator has taken place in elite, predominantly white institutions, and part of what I wanted to explore in “Praise Song” was how black students, and black boys in particular, navigate the anxiety that comes along with spending your formative years as a kind of racial representative, as the only brown face in the brochure. Read the conversation here.

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