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Why We Chose It:
“Visitation” by Corinna Vallianatos
Quite often, here at the Kenyon Review, we turn away gracefully written stories simply because they are “too familiar.” What does that mean, exactly? It means that the story possesses some combination of often-seen situations, easily anticipated events or consequences, and a predictable voice or narrative style. It means we have been here before and there is nothing sufficiently new about this variant to make it stand out. It means that the author has not surprised us. Continue reading “Why We Chose It.”

Will You Be at AWP 2016 in Los Angeles? Come Visit Us at Booth #918
AWP in LAVisit us March 31-April 2 at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center and JW Marriott Hotel. On Thursday, Mar. 31, join us at our booth at 4:00 p.m. for a celebration with authors from KR’s Mar/Apr issue. On Friday, Apr. 1, attend our 3:00 p.m. panel on ecopoetry moderated by David Baker and featuring poets Kimiko Hahn, Solmaz Sharif, and Joanna Klink. We hope to see you there!

Mar/Apr issue now out!
Mar/Apr 2016Had enough of winter? Enjoy a refreshing burst of spring with the latest issue of the Kenyon Review. Inside you’ll find a special section of Transylvanian poetry introduced by Poetry Editor David Baker; a previously unpublished playscript by Tennessee Williams; brilliant fiction from Ron Carlson, Corinna Vallianatos, Amit Majmudar, and Katherine Karlin; dazzling poetry from Kevin Young, Tomaž Šalamun, Billy Collins, Sasha Steensen, and others; provocative nonfiction by Eleanor Stanford; and more. Subscribe or order the new issue today!

Twice Blessed? Consider KR’s Art of Text Workshop
Are you drawn in similar measure to the verbal and the visual? If you’re a writer curious to work in more genres, or an artist wishing to deepen your engagement with text, KR’s Art of Text Workshop blends techniques of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, visual arts, and the art of the book to generate new creative content and form. Join us for this innovative adventure, June 25-July 1. Register soon! Enrollment is limited. Read more about the Art of Text Workshop.

Is Your Novel Ready and Waiting for Feedback?
Is your novel complete but not quite ready to send out? The Kenyon Review Novel Workshop offers intensive workshopping of 100 pages of your book with an eye to helping you develop a saleable manuscript. Nancy Zafris will offer editorial advice while consultants from the business side will be on hand to advise. This workshop meets June 25-July 1. Application deadline is March 15. Admissions decisions will be made by the end of March. Limited to 12 participants. Read more about the Novel Workshop.

High School Teachers, Come Recharge Your Creative Writing Battery!
The Writers Workshop for Teachers benefits you and your students. Part inspiration, part professional development, this five-day intensive workshop nurtures your own inner writer while also providing new classroom practices to help you develop the gifts of your students. This workshop meets June 29-July 3. Rolling admissions, so apply early! Read more about the Workshop for Teachers.

Learn about our other adult Writers Workshops.

Download KR’s New App!
New AppDownload our new mobile app and receive the best writing from around the world on all of your digital devices! KR’s new digital subscription app will deliver to your tablet and/or phone the full edition of our print magazine as well as KROnline, interviews, and podcasts. Print subscribers have full access to app content at no additional cost. New digital subscriptions are $19.99/year. Download the free app in the iTunes store. Android users, navigate to our mobile-friendly site.

New in KR Podcasts
KR PodcastStephen Burt talks with Editor at Large Natalie Shapero about the least expected parts of being a gender-variant writer, ethical questions in book reviewing, and how one might find oneself cold-calling a famous poet to ask what a word means. Listen to it!

From KROnline: The Law of Threes
Ethan ChatagnierWhit’s mind is on the LSAT study books hidden in the book bag at his feet when they roll out at 10:00 p.m. with the radio bacon-pan crackling. The messages coming through the speaker urge everyone to be careful, to exercise caution, but the whole night shift fleet is swirling around the parking lot like a cloud of energized bees. In the hallways of the station, the mood had been somber, almost silent. It was amazing to see grown, armed men feel so vulnerable in the guarded hallways of their own station. Continue reading this story on KROnline.

Concert at Hanover Square
Kenyon Review Cover Spring 2009From The Kenyon Review, New Series, Spring 2009, Vol. X, No. 2

Rita Dove was U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995. “Concert at Hanover Square,” first published in KR in 2009, forms part of her book Sonata Mulattica, which revives the life of George Bridgetower, a biracial violin prodigy who befriended Beethoven, performed with him, and inspired the “Kreutzer” sonata.

Do not think for a moment
that we were boys. Souls
in a like anguish, perhaps;
or when in a fortunate instant
we forgot ourselves—gray mice
biting each others’ tails,
rolling in the grass in our woolen knickers.

Continue reading this poem.

From the KR Blog: Inclining Toward Obscurity: On Ferrante and Lost Friends
February 4, 2016

Laura Maylene WalterNot long ago, I came to the last page of the final book in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series. I had put off that moment as long as possible—nursing the book for a full week rather than racing to the end as I wished—but it had come. It was time to leave Naples behind, to put Elena and Lila and their tumultuous friendship aside. I’d read all four books back to back, unwilling to set them aside to read anything else until I arrived, out of breath and in a sort of literary fog, at the end.
Read the blog post.

A Micro-Conversation with Leslie Blanco
Leslie Blanco’s story “Mi Amor, Mi China, Mi Delirio” appeared in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of the Kenyon Review.

Leslie BlancoWhat was your original impetus for writing “Mi Amor, Mi China, Mi Delirio”?

“Mi Amor, Mi China, Mi Delirio” started off as a series of prose poems I wrote sixteen years ago, after a painful divorce. At first, I joked that I was writing a manuscript entitled “Screw You: Angry Divorce Poems for Women.” It was therapeutic. Some fourteen years later, happily remarried and with young triplets that made the short form a necessity, I started reworking the material as fiction. Three of those short-short stories were published. “Mi Amor, Mi China, Mi Delirio” was born unexpectedly not long after that. I was revising another batch of the flash fiction pieces when I noticed certain commonalities of theme. I realized that I could group the short-short stories into three longer storylines. Read the full interview.

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