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New Work on KRO!

Be sure to check out three new pieces on KRO: Colin Cheney’s “Ars Poetica with Vulture,” Catie Rosemurgy’s “New York, New York, New York, New York, New York” and Zach Savich’s review of X.J. Kennedy’s In a Prominent Bar in Secaucus: New and Selected Poems, 1955 – 2007.

There are a host of reasons to get on over to KRO, but try this one on: an excerpt from Cheney’s “Ars Poetica with Vulture.”

“The ways I can make you believe in the relation of things:

this is like, so, and, which reminds me of. Sometimes I wish
I didn’t need to explain it to you like this. But remember
how she had that snapshot of blue sky & said there,

those are the birds, there, & how that felt to not see them
& still believe her? Like when the birds
in your poems came to eat all of those in mine,

or how the peregrine culled our swallows as they swarmed
from our barn as their kin did from the church in Krakow
that evening we returned from Birkenau where you’d found

a birdhouse above the barracks & the lioness poet
told us that swallows migrate through Africa & she’d never
hear the word ringdove the same after what we’d seen.”

Go there now!

About the Program

The Kenyon Review Associates Program provides Kenyon students with valuable experience in literary editing, publishing, and programming. KR Associates work closely with Kenyon Review staff, gaining valuable experience in a number of editing, publishing, and programming areas including manuscript evaluation, publicity and marketing, copy editing, developing web site and social media content, outreach programming, event planning and promotion, and other creative and editorial projects

KR Associates attend regular seminars conducted by Kenyon Review editorial staff, visiting readers, and publishing industry professionals. These seminars cover a wide range of topics including editorial philosophy, evaluation of submissions, print and electronic production, marketing, and design.

KR Associates enjoy also enjoy exclusive access to visiting writers and speakers, free issues of The Kenyon Review, and valuable work experience and employment references.

This program is made possible through an initiative of the Kenyon Review, part of the mission of which is to contribute to the enrichment of the academic, cultural, and artistic life of the Kenyon College community.

Requirements and Expectations

  • Submission Evaluation: All Associates are required to read and evaluate eight Kenyon Review submissions per week. Associates who are not able to complete their weekly submission assignments for more than two weeks in a row may not be allowed to continue in the program.
  • Trainings and Seminars: In-person attendance is mandatory at all trainings and seminars. We plan on scheduling six to eight seminars per semester, and most will take place on Thursdays during common hour.
  • Literary Engagement: Associates are expected to participate in literary events on campus and throughout the local community.

Application Details

The application deadline for the 2023-24 program has passed. Applications for the 2024-25 program will open in the fall of 2024. Please check back then for more details.

Questions? Please contact Tory Weber for more information.