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October 2010 KR Newsletter

W.S. Merwin to Receive 2010 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement

W.S. MerwinGAMBIER, 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.

Read more about Merwin and the KR Award for Literary Achievement here.

KR Young Writers awarded grant from the Surdna Foundation

Young WritersIn 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

Zach SavichWe 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 Dan Tordayand 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?

iPad AppKR launches Apple App

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!

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.

Check out the full slate of Knox Reads! events here.

Join Us in The Shadow of Sirius

Book DiscussionJoin 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!

For brief bios of the poets, click here.

Marilyn Hacker wins 2010 PEN/Voelcker Award

Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

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.

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize

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.

For more information on how to enter, click here.

KR Readings Series

2010 Fall KR Reading Series

KR is pleased to announce the Fall 2010 Reading Series. All readings are free and open to the public.

Click here for the full slate of readings in Gambier.

From KRO


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.

Page 3
page 3


In less than 2 weeks, this feeling will crack—
a fine fracture sometimes known as filament.
I held my breath as you tied the apron,
the heat of your hands, the bow at my back.

A dark head full of dark thoughts meets a ferry.
Infidelity burns in its narrow white bed.
Tender hooves ascend the mountain
the lake bitterly inverts with every step.

Each year after fighting the antlers fall off,
but we can’t stop lamenting lost velvet and bone.
When I said filament, I meant forever.

Shake your poor, incandescent head—
I know we were meant for each other.
Birds of fine feather, flocking asunder.

TIDE: ebb and flow at sea
TIED: fastened

High _______________, we met in the dark by the docks.

If you choose tide, go to page 9.
If you choose tied, go to page 7.

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 Archives

“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
                      a ‘not-poem’?

                      You look, from all appearances,
                      like a poem.

                      You crouch,
                      swing and sway
                      and arrange your lines,
                      metaphors and similes
                      like a poem.

                      Your flesh
                      resembles that of a poem,

                      of all poems,
                      as do all your other parts.

                      So how,
                      pray tell,
                      can you not be a poem?
                      Explain if you will
                      this ‘not-poem’-ness,
                      this state of un.”

Not-Poem:      “But then do not call me a poem,
                      for no, I am not one.

                      I came recently from that country
                      (about which by now you surely will have heard)
                      in which it was most unwise,

                      simply un,
                      to be a poem.

                      Entire poems were murdered
                      in silent fields.

Click here to finish “Interview with The Not Poem.”

From the KR BlogJay Thompson




September 20, 2010 —
Jay Thompson

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?

Click here to finish this blog post.

Contents Oct. 2010
Merwin Award Dinner
Young Writers Grant
New KR Book Editors
KR Apple App
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Knox Reads Merwin
TSoS Discussion
Hacker Wins Award
Grodd Poetry Contest
KR Reading Series
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