KR Welcomes 2014-16 Fellows
The Kenyon Review
is thrilled to introduce poet Jamaal May
and fiction writer Melinda Moustakis
as our new Fellows for 2014-16. Chosen from a pool of more than 400 applications (read more about the selection process in Why We Chose Them, below), May and Moustakis promise to bring dazzling talent, energy, accomplishment, and distinctive voices to their writing projects as well as to their teaching and editing responsibilities, and to become valued members of the KR
Why We Chose Them
By Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, Associate Editor
How do we select two KR
Fellows from the huge pool of terrific writers who sent us their work? Let’s face it, it’s an impossible task. A painful task, even, since reading our way through the writing samples submitted to us made us wish that we had many more fellowships to offer. But our task was to choose two writers who will come to Gambier to write, to teach, and to join us in our editorial work. We wanted them to show extraordinary promise, of course, but that’s something we saw in many of our applicants. We also wanted them to surprise us, to challenge us, to shake up how we understand what this generation of young writers will bring to us all. That’s what we found in the work of our new KR
Fellows, Melinda Moustakis and Jamaal May.
Writing for Emergent Media? We’ve got you workshopped!
Learn what you need to know in KR’s Writing Online Workshop, June 14-21. This workshop will help you make the most of the tools and technologies now available to professional writers and professionals who write. Seeking new ways to promote your work? Looking to expand your professional writing repertoire? Writing Online is the workshop for you. No previous experience with course media required, but enrollment is limited. Apply soon!
Doubly creative? Consider the KR Literary Hybrid/Book Arts Workshop
Are you drawn to the verbal and
the visual? If you’re a writer curious to work in more genres, or an artist wishing to deepen your engagement with text, the KR Literary Hybrid/Book Arts Workshop
blends techniques of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual arts, and the art of the book to generate new creative content and form. Join us for this innovative adventure, June 14-21. Hurry! Enrollment is limited.
Roger Rosenblatt on KR’s Monthly Podcast
Indulge yourself with a delicious listen. Even if you’ve already read the excerpt from The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood
in the current Winter 2014 issue of KR
, you have a treat in store when you hear the inimitable Roger Rosenblatt read aloud from this delightful memoir. Try downloading our podcast this month. Your commute or exercise session has never been more entertaining.
An original Kenyon Review Credo
The Kenyon Review, Autumn 1950, Vol. XII, No. 4
Art, Nature, Politics
by Richard Chase
I derive no doctrines about literature, or about anything else, from within literature itself, beyond the most conventional ideas of grammar, syntax, and style. My literary principles I mostly derive first from the philosophy of naturalism and then from my idea of politics.
“Listen Now Again”: A Credo in Echoes
by Katy Didden
My love of poetry started with Shakespeare’s sonnets. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on poetic devices, and I have a vivid memory of feeling the doors in my brain unlock when I saw how Shakespeare made puns out of metrical substitutions. Take, for example, the line “Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang,” in Sonnet 73—the first three syllables are stressed, and the last three syllables (arguably) are also stressed. When I recognized that pattern, I felt the echo echo through me, the spondees transforming man to tree to church. I was hooked by the way Shakespeare layered words like chords, and by the way rhythm made meaning.
Birds and Brush Strokes
A Micro-Interview with Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn’s poem “Circling a Nest” can be found in the Winter 2014 issue of The Kenyon Review
Is there a story behind your KR poem “Circling a Nest?
The poem came from a return to science for triggering material—yet again, from The New York Times. For my previous collection, Toxic Flora, I moved from one article to a single draft poem. This time, I made up rules that included moving from an article working up a number of responses. “Circling a Nest” is from an article by Natalie Angier, “The Circular Logic of the Universe.” The word “egg” triggered the play.