Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 Editor's Notes |

Editor’s Notes

This seventieth anniversary issue of The Kenyon Review is not exceptional so much as exemplary. Within these pages we offer a model of what KR has aspired to across those decades (one ten-year span in the 1970s a barren stretch, the transom shut tight due to financial woes), and certainly during the nearly fifteen years that I have been editor. Represented here by remarkable stories, E. L. Doctorow and Joyce Carol Oates are friends of long-standing. Carl Phillips began publishing poems in KR, with Marilyn Hacker as his champion, long before he established himself as one of the most distinguished younger poets in the land. Likewise, we are always committed to seeking out emerging authors who offer vibrancy and freshness right now and who may well come to take their own places among the renowned. David Baker, my valued colleague and poetry editor of many years, here introduces Kascha Semonovitch as one such New Voice. This is not to say that we shy from the exceptional. Every ye

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David H. Lynn is the editor emeritus of The Kenyon Review, a professor of English, and special assistant to the president of the college. He was the editor of the Review from 1994 to 2020. As an author, he received a 2016 O. Henry Award for "Divergence." His latest collection, Children of God: New & Selected Stories, was published in 2019 by Braddock Avenue Books.

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Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

This seventieth anniversary issue of The Kenyon Review is not exceptional so much as exemplary. Within these pages we offer a model of what KR has aspired to across those […]

Editor’s Notes

By David H. Lynn

This seventieth anniversary issue of The Kenyon Review is not exceptional so much as exemplary. Within these pages we offer a model of what KR has aspired to across those […]

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