Cover Art & Editor’s Notes

About the Cover

Our cover design by John Pickard features “Serafina” by photographer Graciela Iturbide.

Iturbide is one of Mexico’s foremost contemporary photographers. Among her best-known works is Juchitán of Women, a decade-long project begun in 1979 that documented the Zapotec Indians.

Iturbide was born in Mexico City in 1942. After studying filmmaking, she moved into still photography and eventually apprenticed with Mexico’s greatest photographer, Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Solo exhibitions and retrospectives of her work have appeared throughout the world.

Photograph courtesy of Graciela Iturbide.

Special thanks to the International Center of Photography for its assistance.

Editor’s Notes

The Kenyon Review Fellowships (Redux)

One of the proudest legacies of The Kenyon Review was the awarding of fellowships to writers of great promise and significant early achievement. These grants, offered between 1952 and 1958 and supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, nurtured the careers of authors such as Irving Howe, W. S. Merwin (honoree, you may recall, of the 2010 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement), Howard Nemerov, Flannery O’Connor, Ruth Stone, James Wright, and others of distinction. In a letter, O’Connor wrote: “At the time that I wanted to write stories and had stories to write, I felt free to write them, thanks to the fellowship.”

Many of these authors continued to publish some of their finest work in The Kenyon Review. Merwin has graced our pages over half a century. And some of O’Connor’s most-honored stories have appeared in KR, including “The Life You Save May Be Your Own,” “A Circle in the Fire,” “Greenleaf,” and “The Comforts of Home.”

In our enduring effort to support authors in the early stages of promising careers, I am delighted to announce a new model for the Kenyon Review Fellowships. Beginning in the autumn of 2012, two outstanding writers, one poet and one prose author, will be invited to join us in Gambier, Ohio, in each two-year cycle. Our expectation is that candidates will have completed an MFA or PhD. Selected in a rigorous process that will evaluate their gifts as writers as well as teachers, KR Fellows will pursue a significant creative project in consultation with a mentor. They will also each teach one course in creative writing per year, also mentored by faculty of the Kenyon College English Department. In addition, they will work closely with the staff of The Kenyon Review, gaining editorial and production experience, from letterpress to Internet.

Our hope is that after finishing this two-year program, the KR Fellows will have completed a substantial manuscript, advanced their teaching careers, and gained experience in literary publishing, making them attractive candidates for full-time faculty positions around the country. More than an exceptional opportunity for these individuals, however, this initiative also affirms that early legacy of The Kenyon Review. Naturally, we also hope many of these authors will continue their relationship with KR in decades to come, as did their distinguished predecessors. But in the meantime they will surely enrich the literary and intellectual community of The Kenyon Review and of Kenyon College.

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