Winter 2009 • Vol. XXXI No. 1 New Voices |

On Kascha Semonovitch

For the last decade The Kenyon Review has been pleased to offer this feature of New Voices. Here we focus on writers who are just emerging in the publishing world yet whose work seems to us especially exciting, full of promise but also of substantial accomplishment. This feature doesn't appear in each issue, or even every year, but rather at those good moments when the right young writer comes our way. I have had the privilege of introducing to our readers such fine poets as Beth Ann Fennelly, Alison Stine, Randall Mann, Priscilla Sneff, and others. Nothing is more fulfilling than these moments—even more gratifying than the chance to print something new by one of the many acclaimed writers whom we regularly publish. Over the fifteen years that I have served as poetry editor for KR, I have read tens of thousands of poems. The task is a real privilege, and these moments of discovery and advocacy continue to be highlights. Even before I stepped into this current position, when I h

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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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