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 sglick@wlsmail.org.

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!

Announcing NER 36.4

NER- front cover-36-4Our new issue has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. Order your copy today!

  • Michael Fallon follows the sound of silence, from John Cage to Muzak, from the isolation tank to the supermax prison
  • Emily Geminder in Cambodia, seized by the ghost of collective memory
  • Kate Lebo hears hope in an ear surgeon’s scalpel
  • Laurence de Looze encounters the grace of friendship, the limitations of charity, and an abundance of art in Rome
  • Philip F. Gura, saved by the birds
  • Lisa Mullenneaux rediscovers the poetry of Hilda Morley, whose lines filter, devour, and capture light
  • John Addington Symonds notes the appetite and eccentricity behind some early Italian art
  • Plus twenty-two writers make their NER debut

FICTION by Penelope Cray, Emma Duffy-Comparone, David Ebenbach, Mateal Lovaas Ishihara, Rav Grewal-Kök, Vincent Poturica, Antonio Tabucchi (trans. Elizabeth Harris)

POETRY by J. Camp Brown, Lauren Camp, Edgar Kunz, Lisa Lewis, Tod Marshall, Owen McLeod, Giovanni Pascoli (trans. Taije Silverman & Marina Della Putta Johnston), Hai-Dang Phan, Sasha Pimentel, Diane Seuss, Brenda Shaughnessy

NONFICTION by Laurence de Looze, Michael Fallon, Emily Geminder, Philip F. Gura, Kate Lebo, Lisa Mullenneaux, John Addington Symonds

NER Vermont Reading Series | Monday, November 9

A Reading with Castle Freeman Jr., Kathryn Kramer, and Rebecca Starks

The NER Vermont Reading Series and Vermont Book Shop present three writers in three genres: Castle Freeman Jr., Kathryn Kramer, and Rebecca Starks will read from their fiction, memoir, and poetry, respectively, at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury, VT, on Monday, November 9, 7 p.m. This event is free. Light refreshments will be served. Books, cocktails, and other beverages will be available to purchase.

castle-cropCastle Freeman Jr. is a longtime contributor of short fiction to NER, most recently with “Squirrel Trouble at Uplands” (2015). His new novel, The Devil in the Valley, was just released from Overlook Press. He’s the author of four other novels, including All That I Have and Go With Me (coming as a film starring Anthony Hopkins and Julia Stiles), two collections of short stories, and many essays and other nonfiction. His stories have been mentioned or included in The Best American Short Stories and other major collections. He lives in southeastern Vermont.

KramerKathryn Kramer is the author of the recently published memoir Missing History: The Covert Education of a Child of the Great Books. She has also published the novels A Handbook for Visitors from Outer Space, Rattlesnake Farming, and Sweet Water, and is co-author of a language textbook, Welcome to Vermont: English for Working and Living. Her recent essays have appeared in New England Review and she teaches at Middlebury College.

rebecca starksRebecca Starks’s poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Slice Magazine, Carolina Quarterly, Raintown Review, and elsewhere. Her fiction has appeared in Crab Orchard Review. She edits Mud Season Review, a literary journal run by members of the Burlington Writers Workshop, and teaches literature courses for the Osher Institute of Lifelong Learning program at the University of Vermont. She has a Ph.D. in English from Stanford University and a B.A. in English from Yale University, and has sought out writing communities wherever she has lived.