NER Authors Selected for Prize Anthologies

Pushcart Prizes & New Stories from the Midwest

2016_Cover_BigWe are delighted to announce that the 2017 Pushcart Prize anthology—Pushcart Prize XLI—will include three stories from New England Review:The Devil’s Triangle” by Emma Duffy-Comperone, “Forty-Two” by Lisa Taddeo, and “I Sing You for an Apple” by Eric Wilson.

New Stories from the Midwest 2015, to be published by New American Press, will include “Three Marriages” by Emily Mitchell among its 25 selected stories. Plus, listed among the anthology’s “Distinguished Stories” are “Sloth” by Charlie BaxterThe Couplehood Jubilee” by Christine Sneed, and “Clear Conscience” by Christine Sneed.

Look for both anthologies in fall 2016.

Middlebury Alumni and Faculty Reading: June 11

2016 photo barEach year hundreds of Middlebury alumni make a rare trip back to Vermont for Reunion, and New England Review is pleased to present the writers among them in an annual reading with alumni and faculty authors.

This year brings a range of accomplished journalists, poets, essayists, and novelists. Katherine Arden, Cedar Attanasio, Theo Padnos, Christopher Shaw, and Jeneva Burroughs Stone (pictured above) will read from their work on Saturday, June 11, at 1:00 p.m. Axinn Room 229, Middlebury College. Free and open to the public.

Katherine Arden (2011) has lived and studied in France and Russia, and is the author of the forthcoming novel The Bear and the Nightingale, which will be published by Random House in 2017.

Cedar Attanasio (2011.5) is a journalist who has covered the immigration and politics beats for the Latin Times, as well as protests and soccer fandom during the 2014 World Cup in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro for IBT.

Theo Padnos (1991) will read a short bit from a novel he wrote during a recent spell in prison in Syria. The novel is about crime and punishment in an ISIS-like society. He is also the author of My Life Has Stood a Loaded Gun and Undercover Muslim.

Christopher Shaw, who has taught at Middlebury since 2003, is the author of Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip With the Gods (W. W. Norton, 2000) and a former editor of Adirondack Life magazine. His writing has appeared in the New England Review, the New York Times, and many other periodicals.

Jeneva Burroughs Stone (1986) has published poetry and hybrid essays in Beloit Poetry Journal, Pleiades, Poetry International, Colorado Review, and other magazines, and her collection of linked essays and poems, Monster, is forthcoming from Phoenicia Publishing this fall.

Ehud Havazelet, 1955–2015

HavazeletEhud-black-border-282x300NER is grieved to note the passing of author Ehud Havazelet, who died November 5, 2015.  He was, in the words of Stephen Donadio, “an altogether unique author and friend.” We published his work in NER a number of times over the years, including his essay “To Live in Tiflis in Springtime” in 1993 and his remarkable novella “Leah” in 1997. He also contributed to our feature on Ted Solotaroff in 2009.

Havazelet taught fiction at the University of Oregon in Corvallis since 1999. He was a two-time Oregon Book Award winner—in 1999, for his short-story collection, Like Never Before, and again in 2008 for his novel Bearing the Body. His work was also nationally acclaimed, with honors such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Fellowship, Whiting Writers Award, and Pushcart Prize. Two of his books were named New York Times Notables and his story “Gurov in Manhattan” was included in The Best American Short Stories 2011.

Tributes from his colleagues and friends can be found on the UO Creative Writing Program page.

NER is a Finalist for the 2016 Firecracker Awards

firecacker-300x291New England Review is pleased to be among the finalists for the 2016 Firecracker Award for magazines! We’re in great company. See the full list of Award finalists here.

The FIRECRACKER AWARDS FOR INDEPENDENTLY AND SELF-PUBLISHED LITERATURE are a revitalized iteration of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, originally established in 1996.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP) has once again joined forces with the American Booksellers Association (ABA) to present the annual Firecracker Awards, devoted to celebrating independent literary publishers and self-published works of high literary merit.

“ABA is excited to see the return of the Firecracker Awards, and enthusiastically supports the efforts of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses to promote the works of independent literary publishers,” said ABA Development Officer Mark Nichols.

The 2016 Awards will take place on May 19th. The list of finalists were announced for the 2016 AWP Conference in Los Angeles.

Announcing NER 37.1

37-1 front coverOur spring issue has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. Order your copy today!

♦ The Mind at the End of the Palm: Essays on Wallace Stevens by David Baker, Carol Frost, Linda Gregerson, Carl Phillips, and Stanley Plumly
♦ Todd James Pierce takes us back to Disney before Pixar, and the meticulous making of Snow White
♦ Alia Volz accepts the gift of a tattoo
♦ Ben Miller pays tribute to a man who wrote his way right out of his own fiction
♦ Edith Wharton looks upon the Refugees in Paris, World War I
♦ Plus translations of poetry and fiction from French and Catalan

FICTION by Suzanne Dracius (trans. by Nancy Naomi Carlson), Arlene Heyman, Charles Holdefer, Eugene Mirabelli, Martin Monahan, Christine Sneed, Marguerite W. Sullivan, Kathleen Wheaton

POETRY by Yves Bonnefoy (trans. by Hoyt Rogers), Marianne Boruch, Traci Brimhall, Oliver de la Paz, Gemma Gorga (trans. by Sharon Dolin), Bob Hicok, James Hoch, Philip Metres, Christine Robbins, David Wagoner, G. C. Waldrep, Monica Youn

NONFICTION by David Baker, Carol Frost, Linda Gregerson, Ben Miller, Carl Phillips, Todd James Pierce, Stanley Plumly, Alia Volz, Edith Wharton

COVER ART by Margaret Withers

Hai-Dang Phan Wins NER Award for Emerging Writers

hdphan-atlIt is with great pleasure that New England Review and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference announce the selection of Hai-Dang Phan as the recipient of the second annual New England Review Award for Emerging Writers.

Hai-Dang Phan is a poet, translator, and assistant professor at Grinnell College. In addition to New England Review, his poems have been published or are forthcoming in Poetry, the New Yorker, Best American Poetry 2016, jubilat, Prelude, and Bennington Review, and a chapbook of poems, Small Wars, will be out this spring from Convulsive Editions. His translations of work by the contemporary Vietnamese poet Phan Nhiên Hạo have been published in Asymptote, Waxwing, Anomalous, and Cerise Press, and were recognized with a fellowship from the American Literary Translators Association. A graduate of the University of Florida’s MFA program in creative writing, he currently lives in Des Moines and is working on his first poetry book.

Phan will attend the 2016 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference as the New England Review Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference Scholar. His poem “Are Those F-16s?” appears in NER 36.4. Please join us in wishing Hai-Dang Phan a hearty congratulations.

NER poems selected for Best American

best-american-poetry-2016-9781501127557_lgIt’s official! Two poems published in our pages during 2015 have been selected to appear in next year’s Best American Poetry, guest edited by Edward Hirsch. The winners are Patrick Rosal’s “At the Tribunals” (35.4) and Cate Marvin’s “High School in Suzhou” (36.1).

We’re also pleased to note that our poetry editor Rick Barot will also have a poem in that anthology: “Whitman, 1841,” originally published in Waxwing.

Sunday, Jan. 4 | Wayne Winfield at Briarcliff Manor Public Library

End_of_Summer_M.J.Bronstein-watercolorWayne Michael Winfield will read from his story “One of These Days,” recently published in NER 36.3, at the Briar Cliff Manor Public Library, on Sunday, January 24, 2 p.m.

Free and open to the public! If you plan to go, please e-mail Shelley Glick at

Read an interview with Wayne in our “Behind the Byline” feature.

If you enjoyed Wayne’s story, please consider purchasing a copy of the issue, or better yet, subscribe for four issues of NER at a great price!