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Rick Barot Named NER’s New Poetry Editor for Fall 2014

Categories: News & Notes

As many of our online readers already know, at the end of this summer NER’s poetry editor C. Dale Young will be leaving his post after nineteen years on our masthead. His last issue as poetry editor, due out in October, will feature 20 poems he selected over the years and highlight the range of work and joy of discovery he brought to the magazine. C. Dale began reading poetry for NER as a medical student in the mid-nineties, C-Dale-photo-2014continued on as associate editor, and then became poetry editor in 2000. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had such a passionate and discerning editor selecting work for our pages for so many years, and we salute C. Dale for his versatility, reliability, and dedication. We will miss him in ways we can’t yet imagine!

But we are equally fortunate to be able to announce that our new poetry editor will be Rick Barot. Rick is not only an accomplished poet but he is also a devoted reader and teacher of poetry with wide-ranging taste and vision. He served as a reader for NER for a number of years, in between publishing his poetry and essays in our pages. (Read his most recent essay, The Image Factory.) He begins as poetry editor in September.

Rick has published two books of poetry with Sarabande Books: The Darker Fall (2002), which received the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and Want (2008), which was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the 2009 Grub Street Book Prize. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artist Trust of Washington, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow and a Jones Lecturer in Poetry. His poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, The Paris Review, The New Republic, Ploughshares, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and The Threepenny Review. He lives in Tacoma, Washington, and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is also the director of The Rainier Writing Workshop, PLU’s low-residency MFA in creative writing. Sarabande will publish his third book of poems, Chord, in 2015.

We look forward to working with Rick in his new role, and to bringing our readers an ambitious and exciting selection of poetry in the issues to come.

NER Reunion Reading 2014

Categories: NER Community, Readings
Langdon Cook, Emily Raabe, Benjamin Ehrlich, Kristen Lindquist, Michael Collier

Langdon Cook, Emily Raabe, Benjamin Ehrlich, Kristen Lindquist, Michael Collier

NER was pleased to host its fifth annual Reunion reading on Saturday, June 7, with Michael Collier, Langdon Cook, Benjamin Ehrlich, Kristen Lindquist, and Emily Raabe. A crowd of more than 60 came in from the sun to hear about mushroom hunters, lost islands, furniture scrounged from the street, the lure of Red Sox radio, and the sometimes tiresome use of birdsong. Read more about these writers and their books.

June 7: NER’s Middlebury Alumni and Faculty Reading

Categories: NER Community, Readings

New England Review is pleased to present a gathering of alumni and faculty authors during Middlebury’s reunion weekend on Saturday, June 7, at 2:30 p.m. Michael Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference; Langdon Cook ’89; Benjamin Ehrlich ’09; Kristen Lindquist ’89; and Emily Raabe ’94 will read from their work in Middlebury College’s Axinn Center, Room 229.

michael-collier-448Michael Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, has published six books of poems, including The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, most recently, An Individual History. With Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsch, he edited A William Maxwell Portrait. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and Thomas Watson Foundation fellowships, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001–2004, he teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland and lives in Maryland and Cornwall, Vermont.

Cook_photoLangdon Cook ’89 is a writer, instructor, and lecturer on wild foods and the outdoors. His books include The Mushroom Hunters: On the Trail of an Underground America, winner of the 2014 Pacific Northwest Book Award, and Fat of the Land: Adventures of a 21st Century Forager, which the Seattle Times called lyrical, practical and quixotic.” His writing appears in numerous publications, and he has been profiled in Bon AppetitOutside, Salon.com, and the PBS TV series Food Forward. He lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. At Middlebury, he studied writing with Jay Parini, John Elder, and David Bain.

ben-brainBenjamin Ehrlich ’09 lives in New York City, where he is a coordinating volunteer at Word Up, a bilingual community bookshop and arts space in Washington Heights. His byline has appeared in The Forward, and he contributed writing and editing to Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence, released this year by Simon & Schuster. He is a contributing editor for The Beautiful Brain, an online magazine for art and neuroscience, and a participating member of NeuWrite, a collaborative group for scientists and writers sponsored by Columbia University. He is now at work on a biography of Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), “the father of modern neuroscience,” some of whose writings he has translated from the original Spanish and published in New England Review. He is a staff writer for Covered With Fur, an online nonfiction magazine forthcoming from the Austin-based publisher A Strange Object, involving fellow Middlebury ’09 alums. He graduated from Middlebury in Literary Studies.

LindquistKristen Lindquist ’89 works for a land trust in her hometown of Camden, Maine. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Oregon and enjoyed many summers at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. Her poetry and other writings have appeared in Down East Magazine, Maine Times, Bangor Metro, Northern Sky News,and Bangor Daily News, as well as various literary journals and anthologies. Her publications include the chapbook Invocation to the Birds (Oyster River Press) and the book Transportation (Megunticook Press), which was a finalist for a Maine Literary Award. Garrison Keillor has read three poems from her book on National Public Radio’s The Writer’s Almanac. An avid birder, she has written a natural history column for the local paper for many years and maintains a daily haiku blog, Book of Days.

em in colorEmily Raabe ’94 lives in New York City with her husband, the filmmaker Paul Devlin. Her book of poems, Leave It Behind, was a runner-up for the 2011 FutureCycle First Book Award, and her novel Lost Children of the Far Islands was published by Knopf in April 2014. She is also the author of a monograph on the work of the sculptor Lawrence LaBianca, and her poetry has appeared in periodicals including Marlboro Review, Big Ugly Review, Indiana Review, Diner, Chelsea, Alaska Quarterly Review, Gulf Coast, Crab Orchard Review, Antioch Review, AGNI,and Eleven Eleven. She has received fellowships from the Macdowell Colony, the Ragdale Foundation, Rotary International, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She graduated from Middlebury with a BA in English and is currently a candidate for the PhD in English at CUNY.

 

NER Vermont Winter Reading: Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 pm

Categories: NER Community, NER VT Reading Series

New England Review is pleased to present Ryan Kim, April Ossmann, Jay Parini, and Ryan Walsh, who will read from recent work as part of the NER Vermont Reading Series, this Thursday (Jan. 16, 7 p.m.) at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, 24 Merchants Row, in Middlebury.

RyamKim3Ryan Kim (Middlebury) is a native of Newport Beach, California, a graduate of the Putney School, and a senior economics major at Middlebury. He wrote for Middlebury Magazine and gave a TEDx talk about the Amtrak trip he took around America. His industrial design photography is currently on exhibit at the Burlington Airport. After graduation, Ryan will head west to seek employment on a dude ranch before moving to Mexico to write and teach English.

OssmannApril Ossmann (West Windsor) is the author of Anxious Music (Four Way Books, 2007) and the recipient of a 2013 Vermont Arts Council creation grant. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as the Colorado Review and the Harvard Review, and in anthologies. The executive director of Alice James Books from 2000 to 2008, she is Editor-in-Residence for the low-residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College and an editing and publishing consultant (www.aprilossmann.com).

PariniJay Parini (Weybridge) is a novelist, poet, biographer, and critic. His seven novels include The Last Station, Benjamin’s Crossing, and The Passages of H. M. His poetry includes The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner. His nonfiction includes such books as The Art of Teaching, Why Poetry Matters, and Promised Land: Thirteen Books that Changed America. His latest book is Jesus: The Human Face of God. He is Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing at Middlebury College.

WalshRyan Walsh (Johnson) is the author of The Sinks, winner of the 2010 Mississippi Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest (Midwest Writing Center Press). His poems have appeared in Ecotone; FIELD; Forklift, Ohio; Green Mountains Review; Narrative; and elsewhere. He received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and was a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist in 2011. He is Writing Program Director at the Vermont Studio Center.

Samples from past readings are available at our YouTube channel and on Facebook. To sign up for the NER Vermont email list send your address to NER.Vermont@gmail.com.

Make your year-end contribution to NER

Categories: NER Community

NER_cover_blackAs the year winds to a close, we hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible contribution to New England Review.

Your gift will directly support the creation of new literature, sustaining the writers, editors, and artists who make this journal “among the nation’s best,” according to the Boston Globe.

Recent NER contributors include U.S. and State Poet Laureates, Guggenheim and NEA Literature Fellows, and writers working towards their very first books. Work from New England Review appears every year in the Pushcart Prize anthologies, the Best American series, and the O Henry Prize anthology. Our print issues draw together established and new voices, and, between issues, the magazine’s web site presents new features and an original creative writing series.

We hope you will consider making a gift—of any size—that will help to support NER. We look forward to giving our readers another year of exceptional writing by authors whose work really matters.

You can give online, by phone at 888.367.6433, or by mail to 5 Court Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. All gifts are tax deductible.

Thank you, and happy holidays!

Announcing the new NER: Vol. 34, #2

Categories: News & Notes

The new issue of New England Review has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. The issue features new poems by Mark Bibbins, Cody Heartz, Laura Kasischke, Dana Levin, Ross White, and David Wojahn, as well as new fiction by Stephen Dixon, Amanda Haag, Caitlin Hayes, Lindsay Hill, T. L. Khleif, Norman Lock, Emily Mitchell, and Megan Staffel.

Also, Seamus Heaney translates a sonnet on Rome by Joachim du Bellay, with comments by Paul Muldoon. Ellen Hinsey examines Putin’s crackdown on freedom of the press and political opposition in Russia, and Marian Crotty spends New Year’s Eve in Dubai with Flo-Rida. George Monteiro almost meets Elizabeth Bishop; Peter Plagens takes a look at Eric Fischl’s recent art world memoir; Richard Tillinghast compares architectural clues from Tipperary and Venice; and Greg Vitercik listens closely to Britten’s last major work. In “Rediscoveries,” the personal valet of Napoleon Bonaparte recalls one of his master’s most vivid nightmares. On the cover is a painting by Margaret Withers.

We dedicate this issue to long-time NER contributor F. D. Reeve (1928–2013), poet, fiction writer, and cultural interpreter.

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New Staff and Promotions at NER

Categories: News & Notes

NER_cover_blackNew England Review is pleased to announce some recent staff changes and promotions, in light of the approaching editorial transition in January 2014. Marcia Parlow has recently joined us as managing editor; she will oversee production, distribution, digital strategies, and more, working in the NER offices. In addition, Jennifer Bates, Janice Obuchowski, and J. M. Tyree will be promoted to associate editors. Each of them brings years of experience in evaluating manuscripts for NER, and as associate editors they will assume a greater role in the selection of prose for the magazine. As previously announced, Stephen Donadio will return to full-time teaching after 20 years as editor of NER, and current managing editor Carolyn Kuebler will be promoted to editor. C. Dale Young will continue as poetry editor, entering his 20th year with the magazine.

Marcia Parlow began her editorial career at William Morrow and Houghton Mifflin, and has gathered production and design experience from her years in desktop publishing. Marcy is a graduate of Middlebury College and has studied literature at the Bread Loaf School of English. She has attended the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and most recently she has been hard at work writing creative nonfiction at Boston’s Grub Street. She is a former reviewer for Publishers Weekly and has been a reader for NER.

Jennifer Bates and Janice Obuchowski will serve as associate editors in fiction. Jennifer Bates received her B.A. from Princeton and her M.F.A. from Emerson College. Her poetry collection, The First Night Out of Eden, appeared in the University of Central Florida Contemporary Poetry Series. In addition to working at the Vermont Book Shop, she has taught writing at the Community College of Vermont and Middlebury College and serves as a writing tutor at the Middlebury College Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research. She has worked for NER since 2004 as a reader and more recently on the editorial panel.

Janice Obuchowski has her B.A. in English from Cornell University and her M.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She also received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where she was the recipient of the Elaine and Martin Weinberg Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction. Her fiction has appeared in the Seattle Review and Slice Magazine. In addition to serving on the admissions board of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she’s currently a lecturer at the University of Vermont and has been a member of the NER editorial panel and a reader since 2011.

J. M. Tyree will serve as an associate editor in nonfiction. He is the author of the book BFI Film Classics: Salesman and the co-author (with Ben Walters) of the book BFI Film Classics: The Big Lebowski (from British Film Institute publishing). He has taught at Stanford University, has spoken at London’s National Film Theatre, and contributed a critic’s ballot to Sight & Sound magazines 2012 Greatest Films Poll. His writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, the Believer, Lapham’s Quarterly, and other publications, including Created in Darkness by Troubled Americans: Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category (Knopf/Vintage). He has worked for NER off and on since he was a student intern in 1995, most recently on the editorial panel as web editor, where he oversees the NER Digital series.

NER Vermont Reading Series: August 8, 2013

Categories: NER VT Reading Series

Please join us on Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe for the summer reading in our quarterly series, with Patridge Boswell, Michael Collier, Cleopatra Mathis, and Angela Palm.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsPartridge Boswell is the author of the 2013 poetry collection Some Far Country. His poems have been featured recently in such publications as The American Poetry Review, Slice and The Literary Review. A longtime arts advocate, he has served as director of several regional performing arts organizations. Co-founder of Bookstock: The Green Mountain Festival of Words and managing editor of Harbor Mountain Press, Boswell lives with his family in Woodstock, VT.

michael-collier-448Michael Collier, director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, has published six books of poems, including The Ledge, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and, most recently, An Individual History. With Charles Baxter and Edward Hirsch, he edited A William Maxwell Portrait. He has received an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation and Thomas Watson Foundation fellowships, and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Poet Laureate of Maryland from 2001-2004, he teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Maryland and lives in Maryland and Cornwall, VT.

cleopatra.mathisCleopatra Mathis’s seventh collection of poems is Book of Dog. Her work has appeared widely in anthologies, textbooks, and magazines including the New Yorker, Poetry, and New England Review. Prizes for her work include two NEA fellowships, a Pushcart Prize, the Robert Frost Award, a Fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the May Sarton Award, and fellowships from the New Hampshire and New Jersey State Arts Councils. She teaches English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College and lives in Post Mills, VT.

angela.palmAngela Palm is an editor and writer. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Midwestern GothicARDOR Literary Magazine, Little Fiction, Sundog LitPrick of the Spindle, and elsewhere. She is an associate nonfiction editor at The Fiddleback, a literary journal, and co-founder of the Renegade Writers’ Collective, a new writing center in Burlington. Angela is currently working on her first novel and editing a collection of work by Vermont writers, titled Please Do Not Remove. She lives and works in Burlington, VT.

Renegade Writers’ Collective Inaugural Event, July 27

Categories: NER Community, Readings

RRS Poster PhotoWe are pleased to join with ArtsRiot and Fiddleback literary magazine to support Vermont’s newest literary force—the Renegade Writers’ Collective.

Please join us at the inaugural event of their Renegade Reading Series on Saturday, July 27, 2013, from 6 to 10 p.m., at the JDK Gallery, 47 Maple Street, Burlington ($5 suggested donation).

The reading features NER Vermont Reading Series coordinator Christopher Ross, as well as authors Kim MacQueen, Jessica Hendry Nelson, Dave Patterson, and Andrew F. Sullivan, with special musical guest The High Spirits.

Announcing the new NER: Vol. 34, #1

Categories: News & Notes

The new issue of New England Review has just shipped from the printer, and a preview is available here on our website. In this issue, Joseph McElroy turns his mind to the ways of wetlands and the costs of human intervention; Kathleen Chaplin listens for the death knock through generations of her Irish family; Ashley Hope Pérez assesses Anne Sexton’s difficult ambitions as a poet and teacher; Joanne Jacobson follows her mother into a garden that grows smaller with time; and in a selection of letters spanning his productive career, Italo Calvino reveals his life as a writer conditioned by history.

Also in these pages you’ll find new poems by Aaron Baker, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Joanne Dominique Dwyer, Tarfia Faizullah, Debora Greger, Benjamin S. Grossberg, Joshua R. Helms, James Hoch, Maria Hummel, Eric Pankey, Melissa Range, and Andres Rojas; new fiction from Michael Coffey, Kathryn Davis, Steve De Jarnatt, Lisa Van Orman Hadley, and Christine Sneed; and a translation of Yves Bonnefoy by Hoyt Rogers. On the cover is Schroon River #2 by Irma Cerese. We dedicate this issue to NER contributor A. J. Sherman (1934–2013): distinguished author, generous friend, unfailing observer.

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