Resistance, Change, Survival: A Conversation Led by the Kenyon Review Fellows
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, we are called to look more closely at our art, at what we make. As KR fellows, we felt the need to create a space at the Kenyon Review
where we can address exactly what this administration represents—its threats to climate science, to public education, to health care, to criminal justice reform, to anyone already vulnerable and marginalized in our society—and consider how writing might somehow engage with resistance or change or survival. But perhaps more importantly, we are interested in creating a space for those whose work might not be explicitly or obviously political, but by speaking out of silenced experiences actually is so. Read the entire introduction to this special feature, along with inaugural essays by KR fellows Jaquira Díaz and Margaree Little.
Deadline Nears for KR Fellowship
Writers interested the KR Fellowship for 2018-20 must submit applications by September 15. This two-year postgraduate position is intended for creative writers who have already completed the MFA or PhD degree and are seeking time to develop as writers, teachers, and editors. The fellowship begins in August 2018. Learn more about applying for a fellowship.
KR Reading Period Opens September 15th
The Kenyon Review
will begin accepting submissions online
on September 15, 2017, and the submission period will continue through November 1, 2017. Short fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and translations will be accepted for both the magazine
from a single pool of submissions. We’ve set a relatively short reading period with the goal of giving equal consideration to all submissions, whether they arrive earlier or later within the period. Click here to access our submission guidelines.
Why We Chose It
BY CAITLIN HORROCKS, FICTION EDITOR
“Light Year” by Maria Kuznetsova
appears in the July/Aug 2017 issue
Some stories catch my eye because I don’t recall having read anything like them: they wear their novelty or strangeness or ambition on their sleeve. They feel like stories no one else is even trying to write. “Light Year,” by Maria Kuznetsova, grabbed me for the opposite reason: it’s a story a lot of people try to write.
Read the rest of “Why We Chose It.”
Check out the Sept/Oct issue!
The latest issue of the Kenyon Review
features a special section on the “hybrid lyric,” with poems—by Gabrielle Calvocoressi
, Michael Collier
, and Meghan O’Rourke
—that incorporate elements of memoir and cultural history. There’s also captivating new fiction by T.C. Boyle
, Marian Crotty
, Karl Taro Greenfield
, and Joyce Carol Oates
, as well as Emily Withnall
’s award-winning “Disembodied,” a powerful, vividly personal essay that grapples with both fracking and domestic violence. 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!
New in KR Podcasts
In this episode, poet and critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib
debates with editor-at-large Andrew Grace
on whether or not song lyrics should be considered literature. Ranging from considerations of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen to Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz, Abdurraqib explains the importance of taking popular music seriously and notes how poets can enhance their craft by paying close attention to the lyric strategies of songwriters. Listen to it!
From KROnline: Dying Slow
BY JORDAN K. THOMAS
July is almost over and I’m sitting on my couch, which is where I was sitting when Darren Wilson was not indicted for his murder of Michael Brown and when Daniel Pantaleo was not indicted for his murder of Eric Garner. It was where I was sitting when Michael Dunn was sentenced to life without parole for his murder of Jordan Davis, a rare moment of our justice system working for black people, not against them. It’s also where I mourned the murder of Freddie Gray Jr. and his brutalized and broken black body.
Read the essay.
From the KR Blog: Rosebud Ben-Oni Writes a Letter About Bigotry to Her Young Niece
BY ROSEBUD BEN-ONI
August 16, 2017
Dear niece. Dear eight-year-old asker of pointed questions and WHY and WHY again. I wish I had answers for you today. I wish you lived closer or that I could come visit you more often. I wish you really knew just how our talks fill me with a particular kind of happiness I only have with you. And that when you are unhappy, I am flooded with unhappiness. Read the entire blog.
A Micro-Conversation with Meghan O’Rourke
Meghan O’Rourke’s poem, “Mistaken Self-Portrait as Mother of an Unmade Daughter
,” appears along with two other poems in the July/Aug 2017 issue of the Kenyon Review
What was your original impetus for writing “Mistaken Self-Portrait as Mother of an Unmade Daughter”?
I knew I wanted to write a series of poems exploring a big question—the question of what it is to be a person, with an individual consciousness—from the perspective of wanting a child. It’s a very strange thing to bring a being into the world that has no choice in the matter. Read the rest of the interview.
New Micro Reviews from KROnline
Our latest micro-reviews probe the sensibilities at play in four recently published poetry collections. The poets here include Heid E. Erdrich
, who writes about cultural destruction from an Ojibwe perspective, and Janine Joseph
, who grew up undocumented and explores her sense of fractured identity. Started in January 2016, our micro-review series enables us to more fully share the richness and diversity of contemporary poetry. Read the latest micro-reviews.