Fall 2007 • Vol. XXIX No. 4 Patricia Grodd Poetry PrizeOctober 1, 2007 |

Introduction: 2007 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers

Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize For Young Writers Commentary Here is our fourth annual presentation of The Kenyon Review's feature on high-school poets, the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. We are proud to bestow this award on some of the best teenaged poets from around the country. Our history at The Kenyon Review is rich with the finest work from established writers, from America and from abroad. As I have noted before on this occasion, we have been honored to publish 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 a broad who's who of literary authors. Yet our mission also abides—for ourselves and for our readers—to work hard to find and introduce emerging and rising writers through the Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers. Some of the greatest enjoyment of editing comes directly from these moments

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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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