October 1, 2010KR BlogKR

October is All Merwin; follow along!

To celebrate the fact that W.S. Merwin is the winner of the 2010 Kenyon Review Award for literary achievement, KR will host an online discussion of his latest book, The Shadow of Sirius, here on the blog. There will be some new faces while we give the regular bloggers a breather. (You may see those regulars bring some thoughts on Merwin, too.)

What does this mean? This means get your copy of Sirius today, before the book has to go back for another printing!


Expect 500 feelings and a whole lot of open-hearted big thinking from these four poets who will breathe life into our collective reading of The Shadow of Sirius and Merwin’s place in contemporary poetics. His deceptively simple and open lines belie a deeper disembodiment–absent of punctuation, they tune to something higher than what one feels a body is built to help us never forget: the passing of time. Grab your copy and be sure to follow along. And if reading poetry is new or daunting for you, let Merwin and this month be your way in.

Darcie DenniganDarcie Dennigan is the author of Corinna, A-Maying the Apocalypse, from Fordham University Press. She is a past recipient of the Discovery/The Nation prize and writes occasionally for TheRumpus.net. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Andrew GraceAndrew Grace is the author of A Belonging Field, from Salt Publishing, and Shadeland, winner of the 2008 OSU Press/The Journal prize. He is also the author of Sancta, forthcoming from Ahsahta Press in 2012. He was recently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Caryl PagelCaryl Pagel is the author of the chapbook Visions, Crisis Apparitions, & Other Exceptional Experiences, from Factory Hollow Press. She works for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she edits Rescue Press.

Zach SavichZach Savich is the author of Full Catastrophe Living, winner of the 2008 Iowa Poetry Prize and Annulments, from the University of Colorado Press. He is also the author of The Firestorm, forthcoming from Cleveland State University Press, and The Man Who Lost His Head, a chapbook forthcoming from Omnidawn. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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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.