Spring 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 2 New Voices |

On Christopher Cessac’s “Republic Sublime”

Winner of the 2002 Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry   Two years ago The Kenyon Review entered into a relationship with a new independent book publisher, Zoo Press, located in Lincoln, Nebraska. Neil Azevedo, Zoo's founding editor, invited us to cosponsor a first-book award to be called the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry. Given our ongoing interest in emerging writers, the prospect of selecting, publishing, and supporting a new poet in this way appealed to us. As poetry editor of this magazine, I assumed the annual role of judge of the KR/Zoo Poetry Prize. We salute and encourage Zoo Press's vision and vigor. Indeed, Zoo also now conducts the Paris Review Prize (for poetry), the Parnassus Prize (for critical writing), and aspires each year to publish several other books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. The first winner of the Kenyon Review Prize in Poetry, in 2001, was Beth Ann Fennelly for her collection Open House. Fennelly is no stranger to our readers, having appea

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David Baker is the author or editor of many books of poetry and criticism. His latest collection of poems, Whale Fall, was published by W. W. Norton in July 2022. Baker taught at Kenyon 1983–84 and began a long association with The Kenyon Review then, including service for more than twenty-five years as poetry editor. He continues to curate the magazine’s annual environmental feature, “Nature’s Nature.” Baker is emeritus professor of English at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio, where he offers two classes each spring semester.

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