All events sponsored in whole or in part by the Kenyon College English Department, GLCA New Writers Award, Ohio Arts Council, The Kenyon Review and the KR Associates Program.
4:10pm, Cheever Room, Finn House
Sharona Muir’s writing has received the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; the Alfred Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University; two Ohio Arts Council Fellowships; the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellowship; the Bernard F. Connors Prize, and other awards. Her poetry and prose have been published in numerous journals and she is the author of four books: Invisible Beasts: Tales of the Animals that Go Unseen Among Us, The Book of Telling: Tracing the Secrets of My Father’s Lives, The Artificial Paradise: Science Fiction And American Reality, and During Ceasefire, a collection of poetry.
She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University, an M.A. in Creative Writing and English from Boston University, and an A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University. She is currently Professor of Creative Writing and English at Bowling Green State University.
7:00pm, Cheever Room, Finn House
Shane McCrae is the author of Mule, Blood, Forgiveness Forgiveness, and The Animal Too Big to Kill (winner of Persea Books’ 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award). His poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in The Best American Poetry, Seattle Review, Pleiades, LIT and elsewhere, and he has received a Whiting Writer’s Award and a fellowship from the NEA. He teaches at Oberlin College and in the brief-residency MFA program at Spalding University.
Jamaal May and Melinda Moustakis (A KR Literary Festival Event)
7:00pm, Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery
Jamaal May is a poet and editor from Detroit, Michigan where he has taught poetry in public schools and worked as a freelance audio engineer and touring performer. His first full-length collection, Hum (Alice James Books, 2013), received the Beatrice Hawley Award and an NAACP Image Award nomination. Other honors include the 2013 Indiana Review Poetry Prize and a 2011-2013 Stadler Fellowship. Jamaal’s poems appear in such publications as The New Republic, The Believer, Poetry, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily and Best American Poetry. He co-edits the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series with Tarfia Faizullah.
Melinda Moustakis was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in California. She received her MA from UC Davis and her PhD from Western Michigan University. Her book, Bear Down Bear North: Alaska Stories, won the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Maurice prize and was a 5 Under 35 selection by the National Book Foundation. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University and received a 2014 NEA Literature Fellowship in Fiction. Her story, “They Find the Drowned,” won a 2013 PEN/O.Henry Prize.
E.J. Levy and Natalie Shapero (A KR Literary Festival Event)
4:10pm, Cheever, Finn House
E.J. Levy’s writing has been featured in Best American Essays, The New York Times, and the Paris Review, among others. Her debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award and the 2014 Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award for fiction.
Natalie Shapero’s writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, The New Republic, Poetry, The Progressive, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection, No Object, won the 2013 Great Lakes College Association’s New Writers Award for poetry.
The Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture: An Evening with Ann Patchett (A KR Literary Festival Event)
8:00pm, Cheever, Finn House
Ann Patchett is the author of six novels including Bel Canto, The Magician’s Assistant, and State of Wonder (2011). Her nonfiction books include Truth and Beauty, and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Patchett has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including England’s Orange Prize, PEN/Faulkner Award, the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Book Sense Book of the Year, a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Chicago Tribune’s Heartland Prize, The Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the American Bookseller’s Association’s “Most Engaging Author Award”, and the Women’s National Book Association’s Award.
4:10pm, Cheever Room, Finn House
Elaine Bleakney is the author of For Another Writing Back (Sidebrow Books, 2014) and 20 Paintings by Laura Owens (Poor Claudia, 2013), two works of prose poetry. Her writing has appeared in American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, jubilat, The Volta, Verse Daily, and others. She is an editor at large for At Length, and the editor of the tear-apart poetry anthology Poem In Your Pocket (Abrams, 2009). In 2013, Elaine was one of fifteen artists and writers chosen to take part in an image and text experiment at Little Brown Mushroom, the Minneapolis-basesd studio and publishing venture of photographer Alec Soth. Elaine graduated from Kenyon College in 1998 and lives in Asheville, North Carolina, where she works at Penland School of Crafts.