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KR Welcomes Keith Wilson as Poetry Fellow

Keith S. WilsonThe Kenyon Review is delighted to announce that Keith Wilson will join the KR family and Kenyon’s literary community for the 2018-19 academic year as a KR fellow in poetry. Author of the forthcoming Fieldnotes on Ordinary Love (Copper Canyon Press), Wilson will teach a course at Kenyon while pursuing his own creative work and participating in a variety of KR programs.

“As a KR blogger and participant in the Resistance, Change, Survival project, Keith Wilson has already contributed work to the Kenyon Review that is as thoughtful as it is thought-provoking.” says Tory Weber, Associate Director of Fellowships. “We are thrilled to have him join our staff in the fall. The energy and generosity he brings to writing and teaching will be a boon to both the Kenyon Review and the Kenyon students who have the opportunity to study with him next year”

Wilson was recently selected by the Adroit Journal as one of six emerging poets in the inaugural class of Gregory Djanikian Scholars in Poetry. A graduate of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, with an MFA in poetry from Chicago State University, he serves as assistant poetry editor at Four Way Review and digital media editor as well as web consultant at Obsidian Journal. He is also an Affrilachian Poet and a Cave Canem fellow.

In addition to his forthcoming collection, he has written two chapbooks, Generation Oz (Finishing Line Press, 2011) and Kindermeal (Imaginary Friend Press, 2012). His poems—some of which have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net Award—have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies.

Wilson is also a game designer who has worked on alternate reality games performed in Chicago as well as digital games including The Black Box and A Day in the Life.

The KR fellowship program is designed for creative writers who have already completed their MFA or PhD and who have embarked on promising careers. The position allows them to develop as writers, teachers, and editors while contributing to the vibrant literary life at Kenyon. Wilson will join Misha Rai, the new KR fellow in prose.

Fellows usually stay at Kenyon for two years. Wilson will share the poetry fellowship with Molly McCully Brown, who will arrive as a fellow for the 2019-20 academic year. Brown, who originally was to have come for a two-year appointment, deferred her arrival after receiving the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship.

Click here to read about the other KR Fellows 2018-2020.