June 3, 2019

The Doodles of Famous Authors

By Caroline Hagood

I’m not shy about my love of words, letters, and even whole sentences. So imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon a truly impressive feat of cultural curation over at […]

October 19, 2017

Patti Smith, Writing on Euclid Avenue

By Laura Maylene Walter

Tuesday, October 17 was a beautiful day in Cleveland. I worked all day downtown, but I managed to slip out for an afternoon walk. I headed north, strolling around the […]

May 17, 2016

The Power of Ritual and Routine?

By Jeff Alessandrelli

What power does ritual and routine hold in a writer’s life? It obviously depends on the writer. “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition,” wrote W.H. Auden […]

October 29, 2015

The box is only temporary: Plath and Apian Imagination

By Dora Malech

Tuesday was Sylvia Plath’s birthday (October 27), and I’ve found myself thinking of and rereading her “bee poems”–“The Bee Meeting,” “The Arrival of the Bee Box,” “Stings,” “The Swarm,” “Wintering”–five […]

October 25, 2015

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Irrelevance

By Amit Majmudar

  With the American government sending drones overseas, with our military involved over the past decade in conflict after dirty conflict; with the largest incarcerated population in the world, and […]

October 25, 2014

100 Berrymans

By Cody Walker

Imagine 100 different John Berrymans, in 100 different replays of the past century. They’re all born on October 25, 1914—in McAlester, in Modesto, in Madison, in Montgomery. Some are privileged, […]

October 17, 2013

The Thin Red Underline

By Brian Michael Murphy

In his essential, slim volume Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes elaborated his theory of the punctum–that element of a photograph that “pierces” you, haunts you, pulls you into […]

September 27, 2012

Mix Tape: Do the Right Thing

By Maggie Smith

“Two questions: 1) Do you submit work (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction) to literary journals? 2) Do you subscribe to any literary journals? If the answer to Question 1 is ‘yes’ […]

July 24, 2011

The Best Of: Autumn 1960

By Grant Johnson

a continuation of this series, we now announce the final Old Series nominee for “Best Issue Ever,” selected from The Kenyon Review, 1960-1969. For previous posts in this series, read […]