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!

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.

Middlebury Faculty and Alumni Author Reading | June 6

New England Review is pleased to present a gathering of alumni and faculty authors during Middlebury’s reunion weekend on Saturday, June 6, at 2:30 p.m. Writers who will read from their work are Professor Emeritus John Elder, Lucas Gonzalez, Sydney Landon Plum, India Hixon Radfar, and Sue Ellen Thompson, in the Middlebury College Axinn Center, Room 229. Free and open to the public!

JE_2726webJohn Elder (Professor Emeritus) taught English and environmental studies at Middlebury College from 1973 until his retirement in 2010. His books Reading the Mountains of HomeThe Frog Run, and Pilgrimage to Vallombrosa explore the meaning of Vermont’s landscape and environmental history for him as a teacher, writer, and householder. Recently he has also completed a memoir called Picking up the Flute that chronicles his obsession since retirement with learning about and playing traditional Irish music.

Gonzalez Lucas Gonzalez (2010) was born and raised in New York City and works as an English teacher in Palo Alto, California. He first attended Middlebury as a high school student at the New England Young Writers’ Conference. He published his first young adult novel, The Maple Machine, in 2006. During his time as an undergraduate, Lucas served as a co-creator of Blackbird, a student-led undergraduate publication still in print today. He was also NER’s first summer intern. Since graduating from Midd, Lucas has gone on to pursue his MA at the Bread Loaf School of English, attending each of the four campuses and organizing the graduate student reading series. He is thrilled to be back in the company of NER, Middlebury, and his beloved Green Mountains.

SydneyPlum-photo1 Landon Plum (1970) teaches online for the University of Connecticut. Solitary Goose, her book of essays about life on a small pond in Connecticut, was published by University of Georgia Press in 2007. She also contributed a chapter to the anthology Facing the Change: Personal Encounters with Global Warming, edited by Steven Pavlos Holmes. Plum has worked for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Environmental Writers’ Conference in Honor of Rachel Carson, and served on the committee establishing a new major in Environmental Studies at UConn. She is currently working on essays exploring ordinary encounters—with a Benedictine monk in Vietnam, a rug salesman in Istanbul, and an eel fisherman and a snapping turtle in Maine.

India RadfarIndia Hixon Radfar (1990) has published four books of poetry: India Poem (2002), the desire to meet with the beautiful (2003), Breathe (2004), and Position & Relation (2009), in addition to a chapbook, 12 Poems That Were Never Written (2006). She teaches poetry for California Poets-in-the-Schools and expressive writing (for Writegirl and The Creative Minds Project at UCLA) with populations of the homeless, the mentally ill, the imprisoned, and those doing early parenting. She is a Certified Applied Poetry Facilitator for the International Federation for Biblio/Poetry Therapy and just received an A.I.R. grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs to do a large writing project with the homeless youth of Los Angeles.

Sue Ellen Thompson (1970) published her fifth book of poetry, They, in 2014. Her work has been included in the Best American Poetry series and read on National Public Radio by Garrison Keillor. In addition to a Winter Term course at Middlebury, she has taught at Wesleyan University, Binghamton University, Central Connecticut State University, and the University of Delaware. With her husband, Stuart Parnes ’70, she lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where she mentors adult poets and teaches workshops at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda and Annapolis. She was awarded the 2010 Maryland Author Prize from the Maryland Library Association.