David Greendonner Wins 2017 KR Short Fiction Contest!
Congratulations to David Greendonner
, winner of the tenth annual Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest! Greendonner’s story “Lionel, For Worse,” selected from more than 400 entries by judge Lee K. Abbott, will be published in the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of the Kenyon Review
. Greendonner will also receive a scholarship to attend the KR Writers Workshop. Click here for Lee K. Abbott’s commentary on the winner and runners-up.
Why We Chose It
BY NATALIE SHAPERO, EDITOR AT LARGE
“A Philosophy of Stones” by Gretchen Henderson
appears in the May/June 2017 issue
of the Kenyon Review
A good game for the bookish is to think of a single word for something there is currently no word for. The practice of giving a command to a dog who does not respond to commands. The act of moving down the street while periodically looking behind you to see whether your bus is approaching. The feeling of disliking something simply because someone you dislike seems to like it. When we choose pieces for KR, we sometimes look for writing that asks us to imagine, as one entity, a set of disparate objects or occurrences that have not been previously yoked together in any kind of formal way. Out of this collecting and refining comes something that means something new. Read the rest of “Why We Chose It.”
Colm Tóibín to Receive 2017 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement
Colm Tóibín, author of Brooklyn, Nora Webster, The Master, and many other works across a range of genres, has been selected as this year’s winner of the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement. Widely recognized as one of the English language’s most gifted prose writers, Tóibín fearlessly delves into human conflicts involving identity, sexuality, and family with deep insight and astonishing dramatic grace. The award will be presented at the KR gala on November 9 in New York City. On November 11, Tóibín will visit Gambier to give the Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture at the Kenyon Review Literary Festival. Read more about the Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement.
KR Offers New Digital Options
Announcing the 2017 Peter Taylor Fellows
Every year, the Kenyon Review
awards Peter Taylor Fellowships to a select group of outstanding writers. These individuals attend our generative Writers Workshops
as both participants and teaching assistants. Congratulations to this year’s recipients:
Rachel Brickner working with Geeta Kothari
Anjanette Delgado working with Nancy Zafris
Kris Faatz working with Lee K. Abbott
Caitlin Fitzpatrick working with Christopher Tilghman
Cate Hodorowicz working with Rebecca McClanahan
Elizabeth Lantz working with Nancy Zafris
Andrew McCall working with David Baker
Tyler Mills working with David Baker
Jodi Paloni working with E.J. Levy
Jayme Ringleb working with Carl Phillips
Sejal Shah working with Dinty W. Moore
Pablo Tanguay working with Natalie Shapero
Heather Tone working with Joanna Klink
Well done, writers, and we look forward to seeing you this summer!
May/June 2017 Issue Now Available!
Don’t miss the latest issue of KR
featuring “Nature’s Nature,” the third annual nature-writing special feature edited and introduced by Poetry Editor David Baker
. In this issue, enjoy poems by Kazim Ali
, Beth Bachmann
, Stephen Burt
, Katy Didden
, Rose McLarney
, Ryan Patrick Smith
, Brian Teare
, Lisa Williams
, and more; essays by Bruce Bond
, Paula Carter
, Gretchen E. Henderson
, and David S. Reynolds
; and fiction by Debbie Urbanski
. Look for the issue in your mailbox, on newsstands, and in bookstores, or read our new digital version on your mobile device! Subscribe
a print or digital copy today!
Come Write with David Baker this Summer!
If you enjoy writing poems or essays about the environment, then KR
’s Nature Writing Workshop is for you. During morning workshops, instructor David Baker guides the class through pastoral, bucolic, idyllic, and sublime poems and essays on the page. In the afternoon, biology professors lead field explorations in the lush Ohio countryside surrounding Kenyon College. Walk the prairie, hold a blue bird, learn the language of fireflies, and observe nature’s complex beauty in detail. Through this combination of workshop and field studies, you’ll learn to engage description and to find new metaphors. One of last year’s participants proclaimed “This is the most fun I’ve ever had in class!” Find more information and application instructions here.
New in KR Podcasts
This month, writer, geologist and professor of environmental studies at Mount Holyoke College Lauret Savoy
, author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape
, talks with Associate Editor Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky
about seeing with new eyes, how landscape leaves its traces on us, and the unvoiced history of the American continent. Listen to it!
From KROnline: The Path to the Saints
BY THOMAS MIRA Y LOPEZ
In 2008, microbiologists discovered two new species of bacteria growing within the Catacombs of Priscilla in Rome. The discovery thrilled the admittedly narrow set of biologists, since the bacteria’s existence contained useful keys on how to better preserve the underground networks. Yet the bacteria also ate away at the catacomb walls, staining the volcanic rock white, causing minerals to dry out until they became a fine powder, an efflorescence like granulated flour or ground bone. Their presence created a dilemma. What is to be done when the only thing left alive in a place also destroys it? Read the rest of this essay
From the KR Blog: A Conversation with Layli Long Soldier
BY DIANA WHITNEY
April 17, 2017
A lot of readers come to the work of Native writers looking for some sort of artifact. They want to cut lines from particular pieces and reference those truths and the representations of Native peoples and histories in a factual way. That is not a role or a position that I want to take on. I guess it’s a kind of warning to the reader: I’m going to tell you what I know, but this is only one telling.
Read the interview.
A Micro-Conversation with Ryan Patrick Smith
Ryan Patrick Smith’s poem “Augury”
appears in the May/June 2017 issue of the Kenyon Review
What was your original impetus for writing “Augury”?
The gas station in the poem is the place where I worked for half a year after I graduated college; as in the poem, a tree overhung the roof and the branches collected a starling flock in the fall. Working at the gas station, observing the starlings, got me thinking about human versus nonhuman epistemologies. When a murmuration of starlings takes off, they’re first all together in a tree making this eerie chatter, but then the starlings suddenly go completely. Read the rest of the interview.