A Statement of Principles: On Inclusivity in Literature

To the Community at Large:

Both as an individual and as editor of a literary magazine, I have been rocked by the explosion of violence and intolerance in the world about us. We are living in a moment of hostility and even danger to many in our community. But I continue to believe that literature is uniquely capable of revealing truths others wish to conceal, of creating imaginative bonds where ignorance and insensitivity have existed before. Let me make clear the Kenyon Review’s absolute stance in this moment:

The Kenyon Review adamantly supports the widest possible inclusiveness in the writers it seeks out and publishes, as well as in the students and workshop participants it supports, teaches, and attempts to inspire. We are a literary organization that strives for excellence by valuing a multiplicity of voices and stories that reflect the full diversity of humankind, including people of color, immigrants of all statuses, Muslims, Jews, Indigenous people, women of all backgrounds, trans people, LGBQI+ people, people with disabilities, and those of us at the intersection of these identities. We will challenge ourselves to support these voices more fully.

In coming months we will host an ongoing special feature on the KR website about the relationship between literature, resistance, and human rights. Future issues of the Kenyon Review will include work devoted to these topics. We will seek out the participation of writers from all communities.

I hope you will join with us in embracing all the differences that make our literary community richer.

David Lynn