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The Kenyon Review Newsletter January 2011

Why We Chose It

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.

Continue reading to learn why KR selected Elizabeth T. Gray Jr.’s “Why We Must Have Canonical Hours and Islands” for KROnline.

What KR Readers Tell Us

David H. LynnBy 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.

Click here to read about our survey results.

KR Short Fiction Contest

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.

Click here for full contest guidelines and to read the winning entries from 2008, 2009, and 2010.

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!

Access the submission site now!

Apply Now for the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop!

KR Writers WorkshopOnline 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 BakerStanley Plumly
Literary Nonfiction: Rebecca McClanahanDinty W. Moore
Fiction: Lee K. AbbottGeeta KothariNancy Zafris

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

Apply Now for KR’s Young Writers Workshop!

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.

Click here for more information.

From the KR Archive

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,
a few words strung together on a line,
a tolerance of inches off the wave,
a radio wave, invisible though
audible, like a lake held in the hand,

the bright stone skipping the surface gone home.

There is so much silence in a childhood
everything is sound, everything else
an octave kicked above it, the subject
whatever in the moment comes to mind,
earth, air, fire, conversion of the water,
the half-face in the half-dark of the glass:
beyond which snow is falling, summer rain,
or the last weightless color from the leaves.

Click here to finish this poem.

From KRO

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
Act of Contrition to Ophelia

Dear child, sometimes being good is a pretty sad song.
When columbine and daisy color your bouquet
all you’ll shortly be holding are dead things.
You begin with pity the same way a priest begins
with prayer. Your allegiance is as halved as my identity
and we’re fluent in these polar offenses. Our mouths
are too much a minor character, too impatient to speak
without crediting the impossible. If there’s an invisible jet,
or a bustier emblazoned with the national flag
these are just toys. Boredom starts with sturdy rope
and welcomes the work knots bring, but the hand
gripping the lasso is bound too much by holding on
or letting go. When I pull tight on my end, wave my hips
in ways so rope burn seems evolutionary, and coo
about purity, this is the real wonder. They’ve been thinking,
“tie me up and I’ll tell the truth” for so long—they’re begging
to be very bad boys. Think of my readership fussing
over cleavage as if it’s more than the poverty of newborns.
I’m happier as the secretary by day. At night I forgo
flying dreams for walking. I wake a hero for the fetishists.
When do I get my way without having to bind
my own wrists? When am I not the doll who cuts herself
searching where the master hid the heart?

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 BlogJay Thompson





Essence, Sense, Tense and Pretense

December 18, 2010 —
Jay Thompson

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.

Click here to read the rest of this blog post.

Contents Jan. 2011
Why We Chose It
What Readers Tell Us
Short Fiction Contest
End of Reading Period
Writers Workshop
Young Writers
From the Archives
From KROnline
From the KR Blog




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