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Spring 2023 Issue

The Spring 2023 issue of The Kenyon Review includes a folio of literature in translation guest edited by award-winning translators Jennifer Croft, Anton Hur, and Jeremy Tiang. The issue also includes poetry by Kwame Dawes, Timothy Donnelly, K. Iver, and Danusha Laméris; fiction by Sam J. Miller, Michael Tod Powers, J. T. Sutlive, and Lindsay Turner; nonfiction by A. J. Bermudez; and the winner of the 2022 Short Fiction Contest, judged by Karen Russell

The cover art is by Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum.

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Why We Chose It: "Two House Cats, Bearing News" by Michael Tod Powers

By Claire Oleson, Reader

“Two House Cats, Bearing News” by Michael Tod Powers appears in the Spring 2023 issue of The Kenyon Review.

Of the story, Kenyon Review Reader Claire Oleson writes, “Powers lets us see how impossible it would be to be a parent here: to invest immensely in something so smokey, so volatile, and so other-specied as a close and dear child of one’s own making. Here is the shine on the butter knife of this domestic, lovely, funny, softly-scary story: there is wilderness alive and shifting inside of the most known, the most banal intimacies.”

Read the rest of the Why We Chose It here.

KR Announces Two New Fellows

The Kenyon Review Fellowship gives talented writers an opportunity to serve on our editorial team and to teach creative writing classes at Kenyon College while working on their own writing for two years. This year’s candidate pool was exceptionally strong, and we are delighted to announce that fiction writer Jennifer Galvão and poet Cindy Juyoung Ok will join our team as Fellows this fall.

A graduate of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan, Jennifer Galvão’s short fiction has been published in The Masters Review. She is the recipient of the Geoffrey James Gosling Novel Prize and a Hopwood Novel Award. She is at work on a story collection and a novel about shellfish, dementia, and Portugal’s Carnation Revolution.

Cindy Juyoung Ok is the author of Ward Toward (forthcoming from Yale University Press, 2024), chosen by Rae Armantrout for the 2023 Yale Series of Younger Poets. A former high school physics teacher, Ok now teaches creative writing at the college-level. 

Short Nonfiction Contest Winner Announcement

Guest Judge Leslie Jamison selected Carrie Cogan’s "Lowest of the Low on a High Red Hill" as the winner of The Kenyon Review’s 2023 Short Nonfiction Contest. “The voice of this essay moved like wind through hollowed-out bone, to borrow one of its countless haunted images,” says Jamison. “There's an electric and infinitely compelling relationship dramatized here between various dimensions of the self—past and present, person and pathology—and pivots of mind and heart, moments of insight and feeling, that I will never forget.” 

“The Men” by Mika Sutherland and "Poor Historian" by Katie Winkelstein-Duevneck were selected as runners up. “Propelled by lyric rhythms and tender inquiry, by turns sharp as a blade and distended by longing, ‘The Men,’ explores with eloquence and complexity the second truth embedded in Winicott's famous adage: ‘It is a joy to be hidden, but a disaster not to be found,’"Jamison writes. And of Winkelstein-Duevneck’s piece, Jamison says, “with a gaze sharply etched and often aching, ‘Poor Historian’ addresses itself toward the ways we account for ourselves–to each other, and the world–and the gaps in those acts of accounting, where the deepest truths often dwell.”

“Lowest of the Low on a High Red Hill” will appear in the Winter 2024 issue.

Young Writers Online Summer Workshops

There is still time to apply for Young Writers Online Summer Workshops! The deadline for applications is April 14, 2023. 

These week-long workshops for high-school-age writers include daily synchronous workshops via Zoom, interspersed with solo writing time and one-on-one instructor conferences. Additional events include readings by visiting writers, craft talks, participant readings, and informal social gatherings.

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Summer Online Adult Writers Workshops

Our online workshops are still accepting applications! Applications for both programs are due April 16.

Genre-Specific Summer Online Adult Workshops give writers a chance to work with three instructors in one genre: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, or translation. On our faculty: poets Tina Cane, Anthony Cody, and Shira Erlichman; fiction writers Marie-Helene Bertino and Helen Phillips; nonfiction writers Paul Lisicky and Dinty W. Moore; and translators Kaiama L. Glover, Daniel Saldaña París, and Kelsi Vanada. More fiction and creative nonfiction faculty to be announced!

Summer Online Writers Workshops for Teachers bring together middle and high school teachers for a week of developing their own writing as well as collecting best practices for the classroom. This year's faculty are Tia Clark, Anya Groner, and Brad Richard.

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Come Work with Us!

The Kenyon Review is hiring a Programs Assistant to support our Young Writers and Writers Workshops and an Assistant Managing Editor. Both of these are part-time positions with the possibility of remote work. For more information please view the job listings below.

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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.