GAMBIER, Ohio — The Kenyon Review has selected poet W.S. Merwin, the freshly minted poet laureate of the United States, as the winner of the 2010 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.
Merwin will accept the Kenyon Review award at a gala benefit dinner in New York City on Nov. 4 and will visit Kenyon College on Nov. 6 to deliver the keynote address at the fourth annual Kenyon Review Literary Festival.
KR Young Writers awarded grant from the Surdna Foundation
In September of 2010, the Surdna Foundation awarded KR a three year, $150,000 Thriving Cultures grant to identify and recruit underserved, exceptional teen writers and provide them with scholarship funding to attend the KR Young Writers Workshop. Funds will also be used to identify regional writing advocates who can partner with KR and support the recruitment project. The project will have a national scope, and will focus on disadvantaged urban and rural schools.
KR developed a pilot recruitment model with support from a previous award from Surdna, focusing on recruitment in Ohio, with a emphasis on schools in Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland, and rural areas of the state. We will continue our outreach in Ohio, as we embark on this new, national outreach project provided for by the latest award.
Read more about Surdna and Young Writers here. [This will go into a KR News flow]
KR Introduces Two New Editors
We are excited to welcome two new editors to the KR masthead: Daniel Torday and Zach Savich, who have signed on as KR‘s Book Review editors. Each will be responsible for soliciting and editing book reviews for KR, and both have a history as KR writers and reviewers. Look for timely and incisive reviews in upcoming KR print issues and KROnline web updates.
Is that The Kenyon Review in your pocket?
In partnership with our friends at Electric Literature, KR is excited to announce the launch of an Apple application that is compatible with the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Priced at $3.99, each purchase includes the Summer 2010 issue of the magazine for free! Each subsequent issue will also be produced for the app and priced at $3.99, a savings of over 60% off the single issue print price. Whether on paper on in pixels, take the great writing in each KR with you now, wherever you go—in your pocket or in your backpack.
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Knox Reads Merwin
KR launched this year’s Knox Reads! initiative by giving away free copies of The Shadow of Sirius, the Pulitzer Prize winning poetry collection of current U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin. Copies were distributed at the Oct. 2nd Mt. Vernon Farmers’ Market, as well as through Paragraphs bookstore and the Kenyon College Bookstore.
Join Us in The Shadow of Sirius
Join us at the Kenyon Review Blog in October for an online book discussion of W.S. Merwin’s The Shadow of Sirius, winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Four emerging poets will lead a discussion on the book, as well as on Merwin’s place in twentieth century and contemporary poetics. Pick up your copy of The Shadow of Sirius and plan to join us!
Marilyn Hacker wins 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award
Poet and former KR Editor Marilyn Hacker has won the 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. The award is given to a poet whose distinguished and growing body of work to date represents a notable and accomplished presence in American literature.
In their award citation, judges Christopher Ricks, Marie Ponsot, and David Ferry wrote:
Her subjects, her occasions, are various—erotic love, the life and look of neighborhoods, in Paris, in New York, the lives and troubles of friends, the besieged worlds of other writers, the outrages of our leaders; and her voice, as called for by her occasions, is joyful, tender, self-amused, and angry, alive—and even in the anger there’s joy, the exhilaration of saying it well, and saying it right to you.
Marilyn Hacker served as editor of The Kenyon Review from 1990 to 1994.
The seventh annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers will begin accepting entries in November. The prize, which is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world, is juried by David Baker, KR’s poetry editor.
Students are invited to submit one poem via an online submission system beginning November 1. Visit KR’s Web site for a link to the contest submission page at that time. The contest will close on November 30.
KR is pleased to announce the Fall 2010 Reading Series. All readings are free and open to the public.
The Kenyon Review is proud to present selections from I Take Back the Sponge Cake: A Lyrical Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book combining drawings and poems by Invisible Seeing Machine, the collaboration of Sierra Nelson and Loren Erdrich. Winner of the NYU Washington Square Review Prize for Collaboration 2010, the book is forthcoming in Fall 2010 from Q Ave Press.
In less than 2 weeks, this feeling will crack—
A dark head full of dark thoughts meets a ferry.
Each year after fighting the antlers fall off,
Shake your poor, incandescent head—
TIDE: ebb and flow at sea
High _______________, we met in the dark by the docks.
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“You look, from all appearances, / like a poem.”
Thomas Glave has a long history with KR. His most recent story “The Torturer’s Wife” appeared in our Fall 2008 issue. “Interview With The Not-Poem first appeared in our Spring, 2003 issue, and has since been reprinted in Readings for Writers.
Spring 2003, Vol. XXV, No. 2.
Interview with the Not-Poem
Interviewer: “But how can you call yourself
You look, from all appearances,
of all poems,
Not-Poem: “But then do not call me a poem,
I came recently from that country
Entire poems were murdered
September 20, 2010 —
At the edge of the caldera, a pack animal stumbles:
The following evening as they rode up onto the western rim they lost one of the mules. It went skittering off down the canyon wall with the contents of the panniers exploding soundlessly in the hot dry air and it fell through sunlight and through shade, turning in that lonely void until it fell from sight into a sink of cold blue space that absolved it forever of memory in the mind of any living thing that was.
Is creation finished? That is: is everything in the world already, that will one day exist or occur?
Contents Oct. 2010
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