Why We Chose It
By Tyler Meier, Managing Editor
It’s my pleasure to speak up next in the second installment of this series, which gives KR’s editors a chance to talk about a piece that KR has published. I’m going to talk about the poem “Why We Must Have Canonical Hours and Islands” by Elizabeth T. Gray Jr., a poem that is currently featured on KROnline. Be sure to click through—it’s shorter than a sonnet, and I promise absolutely worth the minute.
What KR Readers Tell Us
By David Lynn, Editor
Every few years we send out a reader survey. It’s important that we know who you are, why you read The Kenyon Review, and what you’d like to see in our pages or online. I thought you might enjoy some of the findings.
The Kenyon Review will begin accepting submissions for the fourth annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest on February 1, 2011. 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. Ron Carlson, celebrated author of four novels and five short story collections, will be the final judge.
End of 2010-2011 Reading Period Approaching!
The KR reading period for 2010-2011 officially ends on January 15th. It’s not too late to submit! We also want to thank all the writers who have shared their work with us! We depend on your talent for a successful magazine. We’ll continue to read material submitted by the January 15th deadline through the spring. Writers who have work with us will be notified via e-mail of any decisions regarding their work.
The next open submission period will begin Sept. 15th, 2011. Thank you for your continued interest in KR!
Apply Now for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop!
Online applications are now available for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, an intensely creative week-long series of writing workshops held June 18-25, 2011 on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
This year’s session includes workshops in fiction, poetry, and literary nonfiction. Workshop leaders include:
Poetry: David Baker • Stanley Plumly
Apply Now for KR’s Young Writers Workshop!
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 26-July 9 and July 17-30, 2011. 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.
Former editor of the Iowa Review, Stanley Plumly is the author of many books of poetry, including Boy On The Step, The Marriage In The Trees, Old Heart, and Now That My Father Lies Down Beside Me: New & Selected Poems, 1970-2000. His other works include Argument & Song: Sources & Silences in Poetry and Posthumous Keats: A Personal Biography. Plumly is currently a Distinguished University Professor and Professor of English at the University of Maryland, and he will be an instructor at this summer’s Kenyon Review Writers Workshop. “The Art of Poetry” appeared in KR’s Autumn 1993 issue. Read David Baker’s 2007 conversation with Stanley Plumly here.
Autumn 1993, Vol. XV, No. 4.
The Art of Poetry
No apologies, no explanations,
Have you been to KROnline lately? One surprise of our recent reader survey was that some of our readers—even some of you who receive our electronic newsletter or read the KR Blog—still don’t know that KR has an online literary journal with exciting new poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and literary reviews published every two weeks. Check out Christian Teresi’s poem from last month’s issue, then click here to see our latest offerings.
Wonder Woman Explains the
Dear child, sometimes being good is a pretty sad song.
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.
Essence, Sense, Tense and Pretense
December 18, 2010 —
Like a lot of poets, I become ill at ease when I start to read too far out of my specialty: within my interests, I mean, but out of the range of ideas and ways of seeing I feel any control over, or expertise in. The grass in my brain gets tall around epistemology, weird science, and radical politics.
Toward definition. . . . Poets are individuals in search of an audience of other individuals whom they give a collective experience, one that strikes the hearer as “a remembrance of his own” but paradoxically unites him (for even a moth-beat of attention) with the other dreamers or feelers around him.