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NEWSLETTER | FEBRUARY 2018

Meet the Next KR Fellows,
Molly McCully Brown and Misha Rai
Meet the Next KR FellowsThe Kenyon Review welcomes two exceptional writers as the next KR Fellows: Molly McCully Brown, in poetry, and Misha Rai, in prose. Brown and Rai will bring their literary gifts and teaching talent to Kenyon College in August, when they begin two-year residencies.

Brown is the author of the poetry collection The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017), which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and which New York Times book reviewer Dwight Garner selected as one of his Top Ten Picks for 2017. Rai won the 2016 Dana Award and a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies for her novel-in-progress, Blood We Did Not Spill. The book is set in India, where Rai grew up. Read the rest of this article.

Audrey Kim Wins Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers
Grodd Winner AnnouncedCongratulations to Audrey Kim, a sophomore at Conestoga High School in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, who took first place in the Review’s Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. Kim’s poem, “What I Left Behind,” was selected by KR Editor at Large Natalie Shapero from a pool of nearly a thousand submissions from more than thirty states and 24 foreign countries, including Botswana, China, Colombia, Germany, Indonesia, and Tanzania. Kim will receive a full scholarship to the Young Writers Workshop this summer. In addition, her poem will appear in the Nov/Dec 2018 issue of the Kenyon Review. Learn about the Grodd Prize runners-up and read the winning poem.

Treat Yourself to an Intellectual Vacation: Try the KR Summer Seminars,
June 16-23, 2018
Summer SeminarsWhat do Abraham Lincoln, Citizen Kane, The Velvet Underground, and still-life drawing have in common? They all figure in KR’s stimulating summer seminars for adult learners. Past participants in this “education vacation” have loved the experience of spending a week in the company of brilliant teachers and like-minded classmates, pursuing their cultural interests in small seminar settings while enjoying the beauty and relaxing pace of the Kenyon College campus. This year’s offerings (of which you can choose one or two) are:
Presidential Greatness: Myth vs. Reality, exploring the careers of seven presidents.
The Still Life as Personal Metaphor, offered by a legendary Kenyon art professor for artists of all levels.
Space. Time. Light. Five Films, delving into landmark films from Welles’s Citizen Kane to Anderson’s There Will Be Blood.
A Multidisciplinary Look at the Velvet Underground, embracing the cultural ferment of New York in the sixties.
Read about the seminars and find application instructions here.

Translation as “Transcreation”: A Workshop for Literary Translators,
July 7-14, 2018
Translation WorkshopWhen Jorge Luis Borges famously stated that “the original is unfaithful to the translation,” he turned the Italian adage traduttore, traditore (translator, traitor) on its head. Following Borges’s lead, this creative writing workshop focuses on literary translation as “transcreation,” the art of adapting a creative work into another language or culture. The workshop will help aspiring and mid-career literary translators (in any language) to couple their creative writing interests with their passion for working between languages. By the end of the week, writers will have finished a polished translation that they may continue to prepare for publication. Learn more about the workshop and find application instructions here.

Why We Chose It
BY NATALIE SHAPERO, EDITOR AT LARGE
“Nocturne,” by Oliverio Girondo, translated from Spanish by Rachel Galvin and Harris Feinsod, appears in the Jan/Feb 2018 KROnline.

I’ve been entirely transfixed this month while reading and rereading the Oliverio Girondo poem “Nocturne.” Girondo, who lived and wrote in Argentina during the first half of the twentieth century, was affiliated with the movement known as ultraism. Many of the poems associated with this aesthetic affiliation focus primarily on the image, piecing together a series of potent and often surreal visual moments. In Girondo’s work, these moments are simultaneously familiar and bizarre, and ultimately impossible to blow by.
Read the rest of “Why We Chose It.”

Join KR at AWP 2018
AWP 2018Visit us at the 2018 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, March 8-10, at the Tampa Convention Center and Marriott Tampa Waterside in Tampa, Florida. Stop by to say hello during the conference’s huge book fair Thursday through Saturday. The fair includes more than 800 exhibitors. The Review will be at Booth #533.

KR is also featured in two conference events:
Kenyon Review Translates! Thursday, March 8, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., in room 24, Convention Center, first floor. A panel including KR’s translation editors along with translators of both poetry and prose will discuss translation as a creative process and form of authorship, while also offering advice on submitting translated work. The panel will conclude with a brief reading. The presenters: Elizabeth Lowe, Catherine Dent, Rachel Galvin, Katherine Hedeen, and Lynn Palermo.

Beyond the Margins: Expanding a Book Review Section. Saturday, March 10, 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., meeting room 4, Marriott Waterside, second floor. Editors discuss the challenges of expanding a book review and filling it with vibrant reviews. What is the role of the book review? How do reviewers artfully combine their focus on a single book with a broader dialogue? How can we better support books by people of color and people who are queer, trans, living with disabilities, or living at the intersection of identities? On the panel: Richie Hofmann, Adam Clay, and Rochelle Hurt.

KR Kicks Off Its Spring Reading Series
KR Reading SeriesAnother reason to highlight Gambier, Ohio, on your literary map: the chance to hear great writers read from their work and talk about their art. The Spring 2018 Reading Series, sponsored by the Review with support from several Kenyon academic departments, brings an exciting—and strikingly diverse—group of writers to the Kenyon College campus. The lineup ranges from Salvadoran-American poet Javier Zamora to KR Fellows Jaquira Díaz and Margaree Little. Of special interest: a reading on March 20, followed by a panel discussion on March 21, featuring writers associated with the KR Fellows’s “Resistance Change, Survival” series. Visiting Kenyon for that event are Affrilachian Poets member Keith S. Wilson, poet Cynthia Dewi Oka (author of Salvage), and Somali-born writer Ladan Osman (author of The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony). Join us in Gambier! Here’s the Reading Series schedule.

Resistance, Change, Survival: “Two Poems from Dissolve,” by Sherwin Bitsui
Sherwin BitsuiSherwin Bitsui, the author of Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press) and Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press), is an award-winning poet who teaches in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

From Dissolve

The mind’s wind
unlaces hammering
over pixilated heel bones
clasped to the nerve endings
of my fingers’ ghosts.

Read both poems.

New in KR Podcasts
KR PodcastIn this month’s episode, acclaimed author Colm Tóibín talks to KR editor David Lynn about research process, teaching, and the struggle for Catalan independence Listen to it!

From KROnline: “Mail”
BY REBECCA MCCLANAHAN
Rebecca McClanahanEven now, two months dead, you get more mail than I do. Last week, a Christmas card from an old Marine buddy who hasn’t heard from you in a while, and could you stop by the next time you drive through Kentucky? Barack and Michelle send their holiday greetings. No autographed photo from them this year, but I’ve saved the one you displayed above your desk. The Disabled Veterans thank you for your donation, and the bald children of St. Jude’s, and all the boys of Boys Town. Planned Parenthood hasn’t written in a while, but on behalf of all the women whose lives your gifts supported, I would like to thank you. Read the essay.

From the KR Blog: An Interview with Naima Coster
BY CAROLINE HAGOOD
January 17, 2018
Caroline HagoodI started Halsey Street the fall after I published a personal essay in the New York Times about gentrification in Fort Greene, where I grew up. I knew I wanted to explore that feeling of dislocation further and to offer some kind of record, however small, of the Brooklyn I knew and loved. I set out to write a book about home, loss, and memory, and I was surprised that it also became a book about an estranged mother and daughter. Read the interview.

A Micro-Conversation with David Greendonner
David GreendonnerGreendonner’s story, “Lionel, for Worse,” appears in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of the Kenyon Review.

What was your original impetus for writing “Lionel, for Worse”?

I have some great bickerers in my life, and I’ve caught myself enjoying listening to them more and more.

In addition to being a fiction writer, you’ve also worked as an editor. Do you think editorial work has affected your writing? If so, how?

Anyone who’s done any submission reading on the scale a national magazine requires has to admit a bias toward attention-headlocking first sentences and paragraphs, and I’m sure I monkey with my opening lines differently for having done all that judge-and-jurying. Read the entire interview.

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