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Why We Chose It
When in Bangkok,” by Erika Krouse, appears in the Nov/Dec 2016 issue of the Kenyon Review.

Erika Krouse’s harrowing story “When in Bangkok” contains an honest-to-God villain, a chilling adversary for our narrator, twelve-year-old Elsa. How Krouse pulls this off without mustache-twirling cartoonishness, or wallowing in darkness, is one of the many things I am impressed and fascinated by in this story. Continue reading “Why We Chose It.”

Join us at the Kenyon Review Literary Festival featuring Hilary Mantel, Nov. 4-5
Hilary MantelPlease join us for a joyous celebration of reading and writing at this year’s Kenyon Review Literary Festival! The festival kicks off with a reading on Friday by award-winning writer Daniel Mark Epstein. A rich roster of Saturday events exploring the Renaissance—from heraldry and falcons to dramatic readings and scholarly discussions—will culminate with the delivery of the Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture by Hilary Mantel, recipient of the 2016 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement and twice winner of the Man Booker Prize. Not to be missed! Check the complete schedule of events here.

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Contest for Young Writers
Grodd PrizeThe fourteenth annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers is accepting entries now through November 30th. The prize, which is open to high school sophomores and juniors throughout the world, is juried by Natalie Shapero, KR editor at large. Enjoy reading last year’s prize-winning poem:

Death Uses a Lot of Laundry Detergent
by Alyssa Mazzoli

Let’s say Death is a person, because it makes me feel better to think of Death this way. Death as a person doing normal person things, like laundry or feeding the dog. When Death feeds the dog, it overfeeds the dog. This is because Death has an affinity for dogs. When Death feeds the dog, it talks to the dog. Not with its tongue but with its hands, hands being the most canine part of a person. Full of hackles and barking all the time.

Click here to read the rest of the poem.
Learn more about the contest.

Nov/Dec issue now out!
Nov/Dec 2016Indulge yourself in a wealth of new works with the latest issue of the Kenyon Review! Inside you’ll discover a special section on “The Longer Lyric” introduced by Poetry Editor David Baker and featuring exciting poems by Arthur Sze, Philip Metres, and more; brilliant fiction from Gordon Lish, Nathan Poole, Laura Maylene Walter, and Erika Krouse; dazzling poems by Ted Kooser, W.S. Di Piero, Jennifer Luebbers, and more; and provocative nonfiction by Hayley Katzen. Subscribe or order a print copy today or read it on our new app! Don’t have our free app? Download it today!

Save the Dates: 2017 Summer Writing Workshops
Whether you’ve been writing for years, recently graduated from an MFA program, or have just now decided to take the leap out of your private notebooks and into a classroom, you’ll find a Kenyon Review Writers Workshop to help you accomplish your literary goals.

JUNE 17-24, 2017
Fiction: Lee K. Abbott, E.J. Levy, Nancy Zafris
Nonfiction: Rebecca McClanahan, Dinty Moore
Poetry: David Baker, Joanna Klink, Carl Phillips

JULY 8-15, 2017
Fiction: Christopher Tilghman, Nancy Zafris
Nonfiction: Geeta Kothari
Poetry: Natalie Shapero
Nature Writing: David Baker
Workshop for Teachers: Erick Gordon, Brad Richard
NEW! Translation: Katherine Hedeen, Elizabeth Lowe

Online applications open January 12, 2017.
Read more about the KR Writers Workshops.

New in KR Podcasts
KR PodcastWe have two dazzling podcasts on tap this month. American Book Award-winning novelist Ruth Ozeki talks to Katharine Weber about her novels, her family story, and how the fictional moments in her 1995 autobiographical documentary film have since been mirrored by autobiographical elements in her fiction. Stephanie Danler, author of best-selling novel Sweetbitter, talks to P.F. Kluge about her writing workshop at Kenyon, whether or not to read your book’s reviews, and how to make time for writing when you’re working in the restaurant industry. Add KR to your iTunes playlist.

From KROnline: The Half-Sacred Disease
I remember disjointed details. It was winter, and we’d agreed to meet at a pub called the Blind Pig. I was wearing a tweed coat that felt like armor and wondering why I’d decided to go out. When I walked inside, my glasses fogged in the boiler heat. I didn’t know if you’d be close to the door or somewhere in the inner shadows. Because I couldn’t see, I listened. Read this fascinating dialogue between neuroscience and poetry on KROnline.

Letter to His Brother
Kenyon Review Cover Summer 1939From the Kenyon Review, Summer 1939, Vol. I, No. 3

Written in 1938 on the occasion of his brother’s nineteenth birthday, this poem by a young John Berryman was published in the inaugural year of the Kenyon Review, later appearing in his volume The Dispossessed (1948). Its final stanza displays a sense of hope uncommon in Berryman’s early work.

The night is on these hills, and some can sleep.
Some stare into the dark, some walk.
Only the sound of glasses and of talk,
Of cracking logs, and of a few who weep,
Comes on the night wind to my waking ears.
Your enemies and mine are still,
None works upon us either good or ill:
Mint by the stream, tree-frogs, are travellers.
Read this poem.

From the KR Blog: On Writing Science
October 18, 2016

Dawne ShandWhat I find so interesting about the original science writers, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century naturalists, is that their work offers not only an early record of the United States in formation, but of the world of science, as we understand it today, as it comes into being.

While most readers understand the extent to which Darwin’s ideas on evolution were ground breaking, fewer know how unsettling the discovery of a fossil record in geology were to scientists and their conception of the Earth’s creation. Read the rest of the blog post.

A Micro-Conversation with Suzanne Stryk
Suzanne StrykSuzanne Stryk’s art appears in the Sept/Oct 2016 issue of the Kenyon Review.

Your paintings appear in KR’s Poetics of Science issue. How does science inform your art?

My fascination with the natural world began as a child, so the study of biology seemed a natural fit . . . [A]long with living things, science became—and still is—the raw material of wonder.

But science can’t explain the “why” of it all. It doesn’t explain how an organism experiences the world. It doesn’t fully explain our own species’ capacity to reflect on it all. What I’m saying is that though science reveals the workings of the living world, the spirit of nature remains elusive. It’s this dichotomy between science and mystery that informs my art. Read this engaging conversation.

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