Fall 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize |

Introduction: On the Third Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers Commentary    We are excited to present the third annual installment of The Kenyon Review's feature on high school poets, now formally known as the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. This award is given to the best teenage poets from around the country. As we have noted previously, The Kenyon Review's history is rich with the finest work from established writers here and abroad. We have published the poetry of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, and more recently Louise Glück and Carl Phillips; the fiction of Amitav Ghosh, Ha Jin, and Joyce Carol Oates; the essays, drama, reviews, and interviews of an entire who's who of literary authors. But it remains important to our mission—and to our readers—to work hard to find and introduce emerging and rising writers through the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers and through the Kenyon New Voices feature. Some of the greatest enjoyment of editing derives from

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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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