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The Kenyon Review Newsletter May 2010

Short Fiction Contest

Megan Anderegg Malone Wins 2010 KR Short Fiction Contest

Megan Anderegg Malone, an MFA student at Bennington College currently living in Petaluma, California, has won the third annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest for writers under thirty. Malone’s story, “Death Threat,” was selected by judge Louise Erdrich from over 750 entries, and will be published in the Winter 2011 issue of The Kenyon Review. Malone will also receive a scholarship to attend the 2010 Writers Workshop, June 19th to 26th, in Gambier, Ohio. Contest entries were limited to 1200 words or less. In her comments on Malone’s story, Louise Erdrich wrote: “The winner of this year’s Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest is “Death Threat,” a small piece of wisdom and terror. I usually dislike stories that begin with guns, but was won over by the veracity of the voice and by the extraordinary realization of the ending. The narrator’s father operates in the legal system and must inure himself to discouraging human dysfunction. But he allows himself deep sentiment over the death of a badly behaved old cat. In one final uncanny moment the young woman in “Death Threat” understands that her father is a person mourning, and afraid, in a world filled with power and pain.”

“Salt” by Christopher Arnold of West Lafayette, Indiana, and “Listened” By Diana Kole of New York, New York, were selected as runners-up, and will also be published in The Kenyon Review.

From the KR Blog Colleen Damerell




Is that a . . . POEM in your pocket?

May 5th, 2010 —
Colleen Damerell

“Why are you getting up so early?” my roommate asked, raising her eyebrows.
“I’m going to go hang poems up on Middle Path at sunrise.”
“Okay . . . have fun.”

Kenyon’s Middle Path is, as the admissions brochures say, the “central artery” of campus. It’s about ten feet wide, nearly a mile long, and covered in gravel (and puddles). And last Thursday, thanks to the early-rising Poem Pixies, it became a gallery and marketplace of sorts—for poetry!

It’s great when KR can get into student life. Normally it’s kind of a quiet presence on campus, but last Thursday it took Kenyon by storm.

You know it’s Poem In Your Pocket Day when you start seeing poems on clotheslines, on trees, and even on sculptures.

As the day grew older (thankfully without a drop of rain), poems slipped off of clotheslines and into pockets. Lunch tables—at least mine—became little circles of cheerful literary sharing.

Click here to finish this blog post.

William StaffordFrom the KR Archives

William Stafford

KR Autumn 1960, Vol. XXII, No. 4.

Adults Only

Animals own a fur world;
people own worlds that are variously, pleasingly, bare.
And the way these worlds are once arrived for us kids
     with a jolt,
that night when the wild woman danced
in the giant cage we found we were all in
at the state fair.

Better women exist, no doubt, than that one,
and occasions more edifying, too, I suppose.
But we have to witness for ourselves what comes
     for us,
nor be distracted by barkers of irrelevant ware;
and a pretty good world, I say, arrived that night
when that woman came farming right out of her clothes,
     by God,

At the state fair.

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KR Celebrates Pushcart Prizes

KR celebrates four Pushcart Prizes, including our first ever Pushcart recognition from KROnline, to be published in the 2011 edition of the Pushcart Anthology:

  1. Thomas Sayers Ellis “Understanding the New Genuine Negro Hero” (poem, Fall 09)
  2. William Giraldi “Freaky Beasts: Revelations of a One-Time Body Builder” (essay, Fall 09)
  3. Linda Gregerson “Dido Refuses to Speak” (poem, Winter 09)
  4. Elliott HoltFem Care” (fiction, KROnline, Summer 09)

Congrats to these writers!

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KR Recognizes Student Associates

Kenyon students participating in KR’s Student Associates program do much of the work that keeps the magazine running. On Wednesday, May 5, KR staff and Student Associates flung open the windows of the Cheever Room and celebrated another successful year with ice cream and croquet.

KR Editor David Lynn acknowledged the students’ hard work, saying, “This year over 30 talented and dedicated Associates contributed to the KR community in ways ranging from teaching poetry writing in a local elementary school to reading submissions to our journals to running the annual Harvest for the Homeless event. They provide an energy and enthusiasm that enliven everything we do.”

KR Spring Appeal

Spring 2010Do you love what KR does? Want to support paper-based publishing? Or our electronic publishing efforts? Do you submit to KR, and want to support the time and care it takes to read material? Consider making a donation to KR through our online giving page. We depend on donor support to close the gap between subscription revenue and the production and operation expenses at KR. No gift is too small—and many small gifts collectively make a big difference. Help support independent publishing! Donate online today. Prefer to donate by mail? Send your contribution to: The Kenyon Review, 102 W. Wiggin St. Finn House, Gambier, OH 43022.

From KRO Emily Moore

Home Remedy

At night, in dorms, we cracked each other’s backs.
I lay face down, my breasts flat to the rug
that reeked of dust and cleaning fluid, the room
thickened with tapestries and hair-dye stains,
uncapped pens and broken screens, dirty piles
of socks and jeans and thrift-shop flannel shirts.
Brooke sat on my hips, one knee on each side,
her palms stacked in a wedge, an open prayer,
and counted Ready one two three then pushed
her hands up hard into my spine, the crack
the sound a roommate’s necklace makes
when accidentally dropped behind a desk.

By college Nick was using heroin
but Leigh still let him snap her neck. Out West,
Alina and her friends huffed paper bags
in bathrooms where they made themselves black out.
Sometimes Brooke and I stood up. I crossed
my arms in front of me, my fingertips
gripping my shoulders while she stood behind
cupping my rashy elbows with her palms,
then counted down and lifted hard until
our backs arched and my feet came off the floor.

Click here to read another poem by Emily Moore.

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