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Kenyon Review Newsletter September 2011

KR Fellowships

The Kenyon Review is pleased to announce the KR Fellowships. These two-year post-graduate positions are intended for creative writers who have already completed the MFA or PhD degree and are seeking time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. Applications may be submitted between October 1 and December 1. Two fellows, a poet and a prose writer, will arrive in Gambier, Ohio in August 2012.

Click here to learn more about the KR Fellowships.

CoversKR Reading Period Begins September 15th

The Kenyon Review will begin accepting submissions through its online submissions site on September 15, 2011 and the submissions period will continue through January 15, 2012. Short fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and translations will be accepted for both the magazine and KROnline from a single pool of submissions.

Click here to learn more about submitting to KR.

KR to Accept Simultaneous Submissions!

Starting September 15th, The Kenyon Review and KROnline will allow authors to submit their work simultaneously to KR and to other publications as well. “We recognize that writers are reluctant to see their stories, poems, and essays limited to one journal at a time,” said Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, associate editor of The Kenyon Review. “As a writer myself, I know how frustrating it can be to have my work tied up for six or nine months, sometimes even longer.”

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Writing Scholarship for KR Young Writers

Georgia NugentA new merit scholarship named in honor of the Kenyon College president has been endowed to attract the most talented writing students to the College.

The S. Georgia Nugent Award in Creative Writing was made possible by a gift of $1 million from an anonymous member of the Kenyon Review Board of Trustees. “We attract the top high school writers in the country and now we have a wonderful way to recognize those who are destined to leave their mark on our campus,” said Jennifer Delahunty, dean of admissions and financial aid.

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From Young Writer to Presidential Scholar

Sam Teeter
Sam Teeter ’15

Among the 470 first-year students arriving at Kenyon College this August were a glassblower, a Navajo writer and artist, a figure skater, a steel drummer who performed at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, competitive downhill skiers and table-tennis players, and a surprising number of ukulele-players. With them came twenty-nine former participants in KR’s Young Writers Workshop. One of those Young Writers enrolling at Kenyon last month was Sam Teeter, selected in June as one of 20 Presidential Scholars in the Arts from across the nation

Learn more about the award here.

Grodd Poetry Prize

The eighth 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.

Click here to learn more about the contest.

Flanner O'Connor Award

KR authors win the Flannery O’Connor Award

Congratulations to Hugh Sheehy and E. J. Levy on winning the 2011 Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award from the University of Georgia Press! Levy’s collection My Life in Theory and Sheehy’s collection The Invisibles will be published by the University of Georgia Press and will be available in Fall 2012.

Sheehy’s story “The Invisibles” appeared in the Fall 2007 issue of KR. Levy’s story “Artichoke Hearts” appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of KR.

From the KR Archive Josephine Miles

In Autumn 1949, Josephine Miles was the author of two books of poems, Lines at Intersection (1939) and Local Measures (1946). She would go on to write over a dozen books of poetry, among them Collected Poems: 1930-1983, winner of the Lenore Marshall/Nation Prize and nominated for a Pulitzer. As the first woman to be tenured in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, she was an early supporter of the Beat poets, and helped Allen Ginsberg publish Howl. She founded the Berkeley Poetry Review in 1974. After her death, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award was established in her honor to recognize achievement in multicultural literature.

The Kenyon Review, Autumn 1949, Vol. XI, No. 4.

Idea of Joy

The idea of joy, abruptly,
Like the idea of day,
Came and clothed the body of the lady
In an array

As of field or fire
And she withheld
Any comment on the procedure
Until it was revealed

That garmented in this glory
And clothed in this joy
She was at a loss for words completely
And knew not how to say.

Click here to finish reading this poem.

From KRO

Anniversary at the Evening Café

Cups of coffee steamed in our hands. The courtyard
purpled under vines. On her index finger,
suddenly, an emerald mayfly—wings veined,
          abdomen swooped up.

Mayflies live one day and expire. They flicked through

my dreams last night. Under an olive tree, once,
Archimedes dreamed of the space an object
          fills as divorced from

the thing itself. Or, said in a different way: new
means of quantifying what isn’t there. We know
the exact dimensions of absence. Tesla
          witnessed his dying

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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 BlogZach Savich




What Can Poetry Teach Us?

August 18, 2011 —
Zach Savich

Poetry classes aren’t about producing poems. That’s one view Dan Rosenberg considers in his KROnline review of Poets on Teaching, an anthology of ninety-nine short essays on teaching by contemporary poets, edited by Joshua Marie Wilkinson. Don’t worry about mastering meters; the point is how poetic experiences offer “a kind of damage control, an attempt to undo the harm that years of American education does to students’ poetic sensibilities.”

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Contents Sept. 2011
KR Fellowships
Reading Period
Multiple Submissions
Writing Scholarship
Presidential Scholar
Grodd Prize
O’Connor Award
From the Archives
From KROnline
From the Blog




Fall Reading Series




Remembering 9/11




Poets Forum




Knox Reads




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