September 1, 2017

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

Surprise, delight, and mastery: these together are the sine qua non of successful literary writing, as I’ve suggested here before. They represent the qualities editors are always looking for in […]

May 1, 2017

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

The one-hundredth anniversaries this spring of the births of Robert Lowell and Peter Taylor provide the chance to celebrate not only their achievements as writers—and they were two of the […]

March 1, 2016

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

Don’t be fooled by the playful beauty of our covers or the carefully crafted layout and typeface on pages within. The changes that have come to the Kenyon Review over […]

January 1, 2016

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

Welcome to the 2016 volume year of the Kenyon Review. How swiftly has flown the past year! We’d anticipated it with such hopes, and not a little consternation, featuring the […]

November 1, 2015

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

Just what makes an essay literary? I’ve been challenged on that recently, not least because I’d like to extend the capaciousness of creative categories. These notes provide an early opportunity. […]

September 1, 2015

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

As I write these notes, it’s midsummer in Gambier. A cool, rainy year so far, but our green and lovely village is teeming with writers. Hundreds of high school students […]

July 1, 2015

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

How does one become the editor of a literary journal? In truth, there’s no simple or direct answer. Many hopefuls, struck with the hankering, simply create their own publication ex […]

May 1, 2015

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

One of the advantages of our new format—fewer pages and more frequent publication—is a greater flexibility and the opportunity to be more adventurous. In this issue of the Kenyon Review […]