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FEBRUARY 2023 NEWSLETTER

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize Winner


More than 1,500 high school students submitted to our annual Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize, and we’re thrilled to announce the results. The winner is Naomi Ling, an eleventh grader from Columbia, Maryland. Of her winning poem “Haibun for Cantonese, ‘The Bird Language,’" Ruth Awad says:


“Haibun for Cantonese, the Bird Language” is a complex and accomplished poem as fully in flight as its guiding metaphor promises. Rich with imagination, the poem deftly explores the speaker’s multifaceted relationship with their native tongue while navigating the pressures to assimilate – an experience many first-gen readers will recognize. There’s so much to admire here: the language, the sequence underpinned by the speaker’s age, the evolving perspectives, the poised and compelling voice. Each time I read this poem, I peel back another exquisite layer of this intimate emergence. I will live in that space for quite some time. 


Naomi Ling’s poem will be published in The Kenyon Review and she will receive a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Workshops


Ruth Awad also picked two runners-up: “paradigm shift” by Aamina Mughal, an eleventh grader in Seattle, Washington, and “Because I Am Young, Stubborn, and Covered in Skin” by Evan Sandifer, an eleventh grader in Charleston, South Carolina. The runners-up will also be published, and each of them will receive a partial scholarship to our Young Writers Workshops.


Click here to read Ruth Awad’s comments about the runners-up.

Summer Residential Writers Workshops: Applications Due February 15


You have one more week to apply to our Summer Residential Writers Workshops! The Kenyon Review Writers Workshops are generative, so participants get inspiration and time to create new work. Join us for one of two sessions at Kenyon College: June 11–17, 2023, or July 9–15, 2023


We’ve got a fantastic group of writers joining us as this summer’s faculty: David Baker, Dan Beachy-Quick, Lan Samantha Chang, Victoria Chang, Leila Chatti, Melissa Faliveno, Mitchell S. Jackson, Alexandra Kleeman, E. J. Levy, Robert Lopez, Rajiv Mohabir, Cleyvis Natera, Alan Shapiro, Grace Talusan, Paul Tran, and Nick White


Whether you write fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry, you’ll find a warm and welcoming community and produce a lot of pages.

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Young Writers Summer Residential Workshops: Applications Due March 1


And high school students have only three more weeks to apply to our Young Writers Residential Workshops. Students ages 16–18 are invited to join our supportive literary community on the campus of Kenyon College for one of two inspiring sessions: June 25–July 8, 2023, or July 16–19, 2023.


Young writers from all over the world come to write with us in Gambier every summer. Applications are due March 1

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KR at AWP 2023 in Seattle


The annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs will be held in Seattle March 8–11, 2023 and The Kenyon Review will be there! 


Come visit us at booth #1505, where we’re offering subscription deals, back issues, writing prompts, and more! And join us at our two off-site events: 


On Thursday, March 9, 2023, we’re co-hosting a reading with Adroit Journal, American Poetry Review, and Pleiades at Elliott Bay Books at 8:00 pm PST, followed by a party next door at Oddfellows Cafe & Bar.


And on Friday, March 10, 2023, we’re throwing a party, along with American Short Fiction and One Story, at The Official Bad Art Museum of Art (The OBAMA Room)

in Cafe Racer, at 7:00 pm PST.  


We look forward to seeing you at AWP! 

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The Kenyon Review is supported in part by generous grants from the Ohio Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Smart Family Foundation.