The Kenyon Review

Winter 2024

Vol. XLVI, No. 1

The Winter 2024 issue of The Kenyon Review includes an essay by Carrie Cogan, the winner of the 2023 Kenyon Review Nonfiction Contest, selected by Leslie Jamison; work by the 2021 Kenyon Review Developmental Editing Fellows, Allison Albino, Emily Stoddard, and Jane Walton; poetry by Sara Abou Rashed, Sarah Ghazal Ali, David Joez Villaverde, and Kim Garcia; fiction by K-Ming Chang, Melissa Yancy, and Brian Ma; nonfiction by Oz Johnson and Sarah Minor; and much more. The cover art is by DARNstudio, which consists of Ron Norsworthy and David Anthone.

From the

Bus to Saigon

Photo of Brian Ma By Brian Ma

My mother went to St. John’s High School in Saigon. She first traveled from her hometown, Quy Nhon, to Saigon on an overnight bus, carrying cash and gold strapped to […]

On Waiting

Photo of Sarah Minor By Sarah Minor

The Kenyon Review · “On Waiting” by Sarah Minor At first, I waited to get older. I waited for summer, then I waited for summer to run out. I waited […]


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From the

Selections from KR’s history from the editorial team.


Summer/Fall 1999


By Robert Dana

Annihilating all that’s made To a green thought in a green shade. —Andrew Marvell, “The Garden” This is the summer of the black rose, the summer of Joseph’s Coat, Boy […]

Summer 1996

Coming Onstage

By Bei Dao, translated by Dian Li

a childhood of blossoming diseases of the word we say no more pace leisurely through life see the ocean behind the fences the seasons in which we have taken rides […]


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